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The Copper Development Association Inc. (CDA) has announced the appointment of Andrew G. Kireta Jr. as the association's next president and CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2022. He succeeds Thomas S. Passek, who will retire at the end of 2021 after nearly seven years with the organization.
"The Copper Development Association's Board of Directors is thankful for the nearly seven years of thoughtfulness, balance, and skill with which Thom led the organization. He has encouraged and stimulated member engagement, navigated the organization through a period of significant change and created a culture of staff support and growth. He has left his mark and we wish him the best in his future endeavors," said Devin Denner, chairman of CDA's board of directors and president of Wieland Chase. "We're confident that Andy will continue to lead CDA and its member companies forward to a position of strength and resilience, necessary for bringing the value of copper and its alloys to society."
Kireta brings nearly 30 years of copper industry experience to the role. He has been with CDA since 1992, having previously served multiple roles in market development, strategy, and organizational management in regional and national roles, most recently as vice president of market development across all copper and copper alloy product and market areas. In addition, Kireta has served in various team roles with the International Copper Association (ICA), including time as the leader of the global strategy team, and as a board member with various roles on the executive committee of ASTM International including a term as the 2020 board chair.
"Andy has immense knowledge of copper markets and the opportunities and challenges associated with copper use. He is well-known throughout the industry and has the respect and trust of the CDA staff team," said Passek, retiring president and CEO of CDA. "His support and leadership during my seven years, shows his character and confirms that he is ideally placed to take on this new role."