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Century Aluminum Company Appoints Chief Operating Officer

CHICAGO, April 29, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Century Aluminum Company ( CENX ) announced today that its Board of Directors has elected Jesse E. Gary as the company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, a newly created position; senior operating executives John Hoerner and Gunnar Gudlaugsson will report to him.  Mr. Gary will continue to serve as Century’s General Counsel; Morgan Walbridge has been promoted to Deputy General Counsel and will oversee the legal department on a day-to-day basis.  Mr. Gary will continue to report to Michael Bless, President and Chief Executive Officer, in this new role.

Mr. Bless commented, “Jesse has played an invaluable role in Century’s progress over the last decade.  He has been a spirited advocate for the safe and efficient growth and improvement of our operations.  He has vast knowledge of our industry and has built valuable relationships with all manners of market participants and other key constituencies.  Jesse has been a key partner in managing the business and I look forward to working with him in the next phase of the sustainable development of Century’s operations.”

Century’s Board Chairman Andrew Michelmore noted, “Jesse has been a superb counselor to the board and senior management.  He has added meaningful value in innumerable areas and clearly shares our vision for the future development of the company.  My colleagues and I are delighted to show the depth of our team and are eager to see Jesse’s contributions in this well-earned position.”

Mr. Gary added, “I am honored and excited to have this opportunity to serve and support all of our incredible employees and customers.  Century is well positioned to perform in the current dynamic industry environment, and I look forward to working with Mike and the rest of our team to safely drive our business forward.”  Mr. Gary continued, “I am also very pleased to announce Morgan’s promotion.  Over the past five years, she has demonstrated superb legal skills and has become a trusted partner of the business.  I am very confident that Morgan will continue to serve Century well in her new role.”

Mr. Gary joined Century in 2010 as Associate General Counsel.  He was promoted to Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary in February 2013.  Prior to joining Century, Mr. Gary practiced law at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York.  Mr. Gary received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and his J.D. from Cornell Law School.

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About Century Aluminum

Century Aluminum Company owns primary aluminum capacity in the United States and Iceland.  Century's corporate offices are located in Chicago, IL.

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