The Association has added four members to its Board of Directors (BoD) that will each serve a three-year term. Three are new, while the fourth is returning. The BoD now has a total of 21 members. That includes nine suppliers, and 12 manufacturers: seven from the electrical sector and five from the ferrous sector. Completing their terms on the BoD were Marco Gerardo, Frigeco USA; and Thomas Heberling, Southwire.
Eric Bieberich is the president of Fort Wayne Wire Die (FWWD). Over his more than 20 years with FWWD, he has held various positions in engineering, production management, sales, and general management, before becoming president in 2013. Prior to joining FWWD, he worked as a metallurgical engineer in the automotive industry. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in materials science and metallurgical engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He has previously served two terms on the BoD and was also the chairman of the WAI’s Education Committee. He has been a WAI member since 2001.
Andrés Cartagena Ruiz is the head of MFL X and customer care at MFL Group. MFL X is an innovative program focused on digital projects that leverages exponential technologies, which facilitate data-driven after-sales support and product development. He also serves on the Board of Directors of 40Factory, a high-tech scale-up that operates in the fields of Industrial IoT and Artificial Intelligence. He volunteers as a mentor of Forward Factory, an Italy-based technology start-up accelerator dedicated to digital innovations in the manufacturing domain. He is also on the Advisory Committee of MindSphere World Italy and the Scientific Committee of Messe Frankfurt Italia. He holds a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from IE Business School.
Rebecca Cranford is the senior vice president of manufacturing, responsible for operations within the utility and industrial divisions at Southwire Company. Since joining the company in 2012 as senior vice president of sustainability, safety and environment, she has held progressively responsible positions including her prior role as senior vice president of manufacturing for construction systems and solutions division which primarily services the building wire market. She began her manufacturing career with Alcoa as a safety engineer. She spent 15 years in a variety of roles within several global divisions, including AFL (Alcoa Fujikura Ltd.), Howmet Castings and Alcoa Forging and Extrusions. She previously worked in the insurance industry as a risk manager. She holds a B.S. degree in safety and environmental management from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.
Chris Tucker is the director of nonferrous metals at Encore Wire. He joined Encore in 2012 as a process engineer and has held progressively responsible positions in rod operations before being named to his current position in 2018. He has been a member of the Association since 2012 and currently serves on the Member Relations and Paper Awards Committees. Additionally, he was on the planning committee for the 2019 Global Continuous Casting Forum. He holds a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Tyler.