St. Louis, MO [January 3, 2020] – Metal Exchange Corporation is pleased to announce that Vijay Natarajan, Global Business Manager, has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Trading. In addition, Ben Evans, President of Trading transitions to a newly created position of Vice President of Corporate Development, effective January 1, 2020.
Over the last 13 years at Metal Exchange Corporation, Natarajan has built strong customer relationships while progressing through roles of increasing responsibility in our Scrap, RSI and Value Added Product businesses. He lead the strategic development of our Semi-Fabricated Products business unit at Metal Exchange Corporation and was most recently responsible for Global Primary Products, with oversight for our Risk Management function. In his new role, Natarajan will be responsible for Metal Exchange Corporation’s Global Trading Division and will lead initiatives and strategy throughout our headquarters in St. Louis, MO. Additionally, Natarajan will oversee Metal Exchange Corporation’s international footprint, consisting of locations in Shanghai, Zurich, and Singapore.
As Vice President of Corporate Development, Evans will focus on the significant growth and development opportunities for Metal Exchange Corporation. These initiatives will be defined by our operating plan, and the scope of this work will be enterprise-wide, including the Global Trading business, Pennex Extruded Products, MEC Cast Products, and ElectroCycle. Evans brings more than 20 years of experience within the aluminum industry to this new role.
“Vijay’s successful track record of leading teams and growing businesses make him the ideal candidate for Executive Vice President of Trading. We have an outstanding team of people throughout our Trading Division and we are extremely confident in its future under Vijay’s leadership,” stated Metal Exchange Corporation CEO Rick Merluzzi.
“We are very excited to move to a more proactive effort on corporate development,” said Mike Lefton, Executive Chairman of Metal Exchange Corporation. “Ben has the experience, skills, and the knowledge of MEC to make a significant impact on the enterprise, and to execute our corporate growth strategy,” Lefton continued.
Metal Exchange Corporation is a private, family-owned company with global headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. It is one of the most diverse providers of non-ferrous metals. Founded in 1974, Metal Exchange Corporation and its family of companies are industry leaders in non-ferrous metals, from purchasing to manufacturing and processing. With offices in Zurich, Shanghai and Singapore, Metal Exchange Corporation has the international presence needed to link suppliers and customers around the globe. Metal Exchange Corporation’s other affiliated companies are Metal Exchange Trading, Pennex Aluminum Company, Continental Aluminum and Electro Cycle, Inc.