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KEMET Announces Changes in Tantalum Business Group (posted 1/13/09)

January 13, 2009
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“We are confident that these changes will increase our effectiveness in meeting the needs of our customers,” said Conrado Hinojosa, senior vice president.

KEMET Corp. recently announced a number of organizational changes in its Tantalum Business Group that became effective January 1, 2009, following an orderly transition of duties. Joe Porter, vice president of Sales Administration, has been appointed vice president, Tantalum Product Marketing, reporting to Conrado Hinojosa, senior vice president of the Tantalum Business Group. Reporting to Porter will be the Product Management Group, which is composed of Ed Jones, Tommy Weir, Mark Whisenhunt, Sandy Campbell, Jayson Young, and Craig Scruggs, as well as Gabriela Gil and her Central Planning Team and the Business Management Group, which is composed of Matthias Harder, Audrey To, and Eric Zhang.

Werner Lohwasser, vice president of Tantalum Product Marketing, has been appointed vice president, Tantalum MnO2 Operations, also reporting Conrado Hinojosa. Reporting to Lohwasser will be Roger Chen, director of MnO2 Operations and Rich Reifenheiser, PE manager for Anodes. Erika Gracia, supply chain manager, and Tommy Weir, product line manager for MnO2, will have a dotted line to Lohwasser as well.

Roger Chen, director of MnO2 Operations, will have global responsibilities of the MnO2 Operations. Reporting to Chen will be Jorge Iniguez, plant manager for Victoria; Antonio de Sousa, plant manager for Evora; and Jonah Ke, plant manager for MnO2 Suzhou. Also reporting to Chen will be Marc Runyan, manufacturing manager for Anodes; Enrique Moran, manufacturing manager EOL; Hugo Zamora, PE manager of SMD MnO2; Claudia Oliva, quality group leader for MnO2; and Simon Mata, engineering manager. Additionally, Julio Arteaga, central planning MnO2, will have a dotted line to Chen.

“We are confident that these changes will increase our effectiveness in meeting the needs of our customers,” said Hinojosa. “We have a talented group of experienced professionals and this new structure will give them the flexibility to use their talents to the fullest.”

The company’s website is located at www.kemet.com.

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