5N Plus Announces Changes to Its Executive Management Structure

Nicholas Audet appointed Executive Vice President, Electronic Materials
Paul Tancell joins 5N Plus and is appointed Executive Vice President, Eco-Friendly Materials

MONTREAL, Feb. 20, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - 5N Plus Inc. (TSX: VNP) ("5N Plus" or the "Company"), the leading producer of specialty metal and chemical products, today announced changes to its executive management structure. In the recent years, the Company was organized functionally with C-suite leading various activities. The structure has been highly effective in managing costs and implementing best practices. In 2016, total costs (excluding variable & metal costs) were more than 20% lower than just two years ago. While the Company continues to manage costs judiciously management has adopted a new structure to emphasize growth along business segments and in alignment with the Company's 5N21 strategic plan. Given this backdrop, the following changes have been implemented:

  • Responsibilities assumed by the former functions of Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Operating Officer will be reallocated across the existing business segments (Eco-Friendly and Electronic Materials) and will be led by two Executive Vice Presidents.
  • Mr. Nicholas Audet, formerly Chief Commercial Officer has been appointed Executive Vice President, Electronic Materials.
  • Mr. Paul Tancell, formerly Global General Manager at Umicore, has joined 5N Plus and has been appointed Executive Vice President, Eco-Friendly Materials.

These functions report to the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Arjang (AJ) Roshan. Mr. Roshan commented: "Having leveraged our functional structure to markedly enhance our organizational efficacy and significantly shrink our cost structure, we see the need for further evolution. Our new management structure is designed to maintain our discipline around cost management while accentuating growth and emphasizing contribution from emerging opportunities. We believe this structure is ideally positioned to deliver the objectives of our 5N21 strategic plan, and provides for better management accountability."

About 5N Plus Inc.
5N Plus is the leading producer of specialty metal and chemical products. Fully integrated with closed-loop recycling facilities, the Company is headquartered in Montreal, Québec, Canada and operates manufacturing facilities and sales offices in several locations in Europe, the Americas and Asia. 5N Plus deploys a range of proprietary and proven technologies to produce products which are used in a number of advanced pharmaceutical, electronic and industrial applications. Typical products include purified metals such as bismuth, gallium, germanium, indium, selenium and tellurium, inorganic chemicals based on such metals and compound semiconductor wafers. Many of these are critical precursors and key enablers in markets such as solar, light-emitting diodes and eco-friendly materials.

Forward-Looking Statements and Disclaimer
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SOURCE 5N Plus Inc.

For further information: Jean Mayer, Vice President, Legal Affairs, also in charge of Investor Relations, 5N Plus Inc., (514) 856-0644 x6178


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