Welcoming Donna Vareha-Walsh, Indium Corporation elected to the position of MMTA Chair
Donna Vareha-Walsh is Global Director of Indium Corporation’s Metals, Compounds, Solar and Refining Sales, Supply Chain and International Trade Compliance. She is responsible for a global sales team that sells critical raw materials such as indium, gallium, germanium, tin, compound metal based products as well as reclaim services refined at Indium Corp’s
North American and Korean operations. Additionally, she leads a global supply chain team that sources for the trading business as well as the supply chain for Indium Corp’s global manufacturing operations and maintains compliance within their international trade activities. Donna is based at Indium Corporation’s headquarters in Clinton, NY.
Donna has over 19 years of metals market experience, including Director of Global Procurement for a global premium alloy company and Director of Metallurgical Operations and Procurement for a global tungsten-based business. Additional experience includes responsibilities as a Business Unit Controller, Director of Sales and a New Business Development Manager, International Tax Analyst and participation in the metals recycling and scrap/reclaim markets. Donna has a bachelor’s degree in finance and an MBA. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Additionally, Donna is a member of MMTA’s Management Committee and served as MMTA interim Treasurer for eight months in 2019.
The MMTA Board unanimously approved Donna’s application for the Chair position from 2021 (three-year tenure) at the January 2020 Board meeting after which Donna took on the role as Vice Chair. Donna will be MMTA’s first female and its first American Chair when ratified at the 2021 AGM.
Stephen Hall, Advanced Alloy Services Ltd elected to the position of MMTA Treasurer
Stephen Hall graduated with Materials Science and Engineering Honours Degree from University of Wales Swansea in 1998. After graduating, Stephen spent nine years in the heat treatment industry working for TTI Group Ltd. (now Hauck Heat Treatment). At the Cheltenham plant Stephen worked as Quality Manager and later as Plant Manager. Stephen then joined PCC for just under 10 years, firstly at Special Metals Wiggin Ltd., as Manufacturing Improvement Group Manager followed by Metals Manager. Stephen then moved over to sister company, Caledonian Alloys, holding positions of Commercial Director and then Director of Sales and Strategic Planning. Stephen joined Advanced Alloy Services Ltd. as Managing Director in September 2016 and has recently completed an MBO to become the owner of the business and has recently set-up Advanced Revert LLC, a Joint Venture business based in Virginia.
Noah Munro Lehrman, Hudson Metal & Alloy LLC Elected to the MMTA Board of Directors
Noah Lehrman is a second generation metal man who grew up witnessing first-hand how our industry and its constituents make a powerful, positive impact on international socio-economic development across geopolitical divides at the close of the Cold War. This early example inspired both his own career with Hudson Metals, where he specializes in analysing the intersection of science, economics and politics in aerospace, energy & high-technology materials markets with a focus on China, Former Soviet Republics, and the United States – it also motivates his efforts to give back to the metal trade and its participants through his work with the MMTA.
Since hosting the Association’s first North American event in 2007, Noah, in his role as the NA Sub-Committee Chair, has helped spearhead the MMTA’s growth in the Americas, which now stands at 25% percent of the Membership.
Noah has been instrumental in bringing multiple MMTA events to North American annually including dinners, receptions, seminars and courses, and three International Conferences.
Having been the first North American Director appointed to the board, Noah continues to add his unique voice and global perspective to the Association.
Noah was recognized as a standout and “likeable maverick” in the global metals industry by The Economist magazine.
Suzannah Lipmann, Lipmann Walton & Co Ltd re-elected to the MMTA Board of Directors
Suzannah joined the family business ‘Lipmann Walton & Co Ltd’ in 2009, becoming the 3rd generation in the family to work in the metals trade. After studying Social Anthropology in Japan for a year and learning Japanese, she focused on opening-up Lipmann Walton’s business in this region. Japan now represents a significant proportion of Lipmann Walton’s business. Suzannah specialises particularly in Zirconium, one of Lipmann Walton’s trinity, also comprising Hafnium & Rhenium; among other items, such as Copper-Zirconium, Germanium & Hafnium oxide. After 9 years in the business, Suzannah took over from her father, Anthony, as Managing Director in August 2018. She continues to trade, joined by Michael Husakiewicz, Karolina Jackiewicz & Amen Seo. Amen assists Suzannah in the Asia Pacific region, which continues to grow for Lipmann Walton in depth and range of items handled.
Suzannah earned a BA.Hons degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Kent in Canterbury.
Claes Lundman, CellMark Metals re-elected to the MMTA Board of Directors
Claes started in the metals industry in 1983, joining the Axel Johnson Group, working in steel manufacturing, shipping, insurance and metals trading, managing offices in London, Paris and Moscow.
In 1997, he established Sonaco Trading, specializing in ferro alloys and metals. Claes set up the distribution and sales network for Chelyabinsk Industrial Group/RFAI’s ferro alloys in Europe and Asia in 2004.
He sold Sonaco to CellMark in 2014 and became a member of the group management, and President of CellMark’s Metal Division, employing 40 people in 10 countries.
Claes has an MBA from Stockholm School of Economics, a Graduate Degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins/SAIS, Italy and has studied at NYU Stern and at the University of Nice.
From 2006-2009 and 2013-2017, he was a member of the ICDA Council, International Chrome Development Association. He is a founding member of the Swedish-Southern African Chamber of Commerce.
Claes has published articles about the metals industry in the “Nordic Steel and Mining Review” and in the business daily “Dagens Industri”. He is a frequent speaker at metal conferences.
Sam Carne, Darton Commodities Limited re-elected to the MMTA Board of Directors
Director sharing responsibility for Darton Commodities Limited’s (DCL) global sales and marketing activities with a focus on the UK and US markets. Sam covers the breadth of DCL’s business and created and oversees the day-to-day bespoke systems described in the RFP. Sam runs the day-to-day banking, financing, insurance, distribution, and freight forwarder arrangements that DCL has in place. Sam assists in the writing of the annual Cobalt Market Review and currently serves as a Director of the MMTA.