EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Accuride has announced key appointments it says will support its planned expansion as a supplier of wheel-end solutions.
The company says it has repositioned itself over the past four years as a strategic and competitive business partner to key OEM customers around the world. It recently went global with the acquisition of a majority stake in Italian steel wheel manufacturer Gianetti Ruote S.r.l.
As part of its executive restructuring, Accuride has named Scott D. Hazlett president of the company’s global wheels business unit. He’ll report to president and CEO Rick Dauch and will be responsible for integrating Gianetti Ruote. Hazlett was previously senior vice-president of operations with Accuride, where he lead the restructuring of the Gunite business.
Gregory Risch has been named president of the Gunite business unit. He was most recently the company’s chief financial officer and served in other positions as well during his 21 years with the company.
Michael Hajost has been appointed chief financial officer and senior vice-president. He’ll take over the role Nov. 30 and will report to Dauch. He joins Accuride from Carpenter Technology Corp., where he lead treasury and investor relations functions.
“Promoting Scott and Greg to lead our global Wheels and Gunite businesses, respectively, and adding Mike Hajost to the Accuride leadership team as CFO advances our vision to become the premier supplier of wheel end solutions to the global commercial vehicle industry,” Dauch said. “Under Scott and Greg’s leadership, we have transformed Accuride’s operational and financial performance, laying the foundation for our pursuit of strategic global growth that began with our recently announced acquisition of a majority stake in Gianetti Ruote S.r.l. of Italy. We are pleased to add Mike’s proven global finance and treasury experience to support our pursuit of long-term profitability and global expansion.”