Senior Management

Michael A. Bless, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Mr. Bless joined Century in 2006 as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Bless was elected President and Chief Executive Officer in November 2011 and elected to the Board of Directors in December 2012. Mr. Bless also currently serves as a director of Simpson Manufacturing Inc. and CNA Financial Corporation. Prior to joining Century, Mr. Bless held a number of senior management positions at both public and private companies and investment banks, including Chief Financial Officer of Rockwell Automation, Inc. and investment banking at Dillon, Read & Co. Mr. Bless brings valuable leadership, risk-management, investor-relation, international operations experience and strategy-development experience to the Board. Mr. Bless also has extensive knowledge of the aluminum industry and global market conditions and, as the only management representative on our Board, Mr. Bless provides a unique perspective in Board discussions about the business and strategic direction of the Company. The Board benefits from his business insights, financial acumen and knowledge of the Company and the markets it serves.

Jesse E. Gary, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel

Mr. Gary joined Century in 2010. Mr. Gary was promoted to Executive Vice President and General Counsel in February 2013 and to Chief Operating Officer in April 2019. 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.

Craig C. Conti, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Conti joined Century in July 2018 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Century, Mr. Conti served as Corporate Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis of Illinois Tool Works (ITW) and previously served as Chief Financial Officer of ITW’s welding segment. Before joining ITW, Mr. Conti spent fifteen years in increasingly responsible positions at General Electric Company, including serving as Vice President of Finance for GE Capital’s Rail Services business and Chief Financial Officer of Global Services for GE Transportation. Mr. Conti is a graduate of Siena College and holds an M.B.A. from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management.

John E. Hoerner, Executive Vice President, North American Operations

Mr. Hoerner joined Century in 2011 as Vice President, North American Operations. Mr. Hoerner was promoted to Senior Vice President, North American Operations in March 2014 and to Executive Vice President, North American Operations in March 2016. Prior to joining Century, Mr. Hoerner served as General Director of Finished Production for the Western Division of RUSAL from 2010 to August 2011 and Managing Director of Kubikenborg Aluminium in Sundsvall, Sweden (Kubal) from 2003 through 2010. Mr. Hoerner has over 25 years of experience in the aluminum industry including positions with Kubal, Columbia Falls Aluminum, the Bonneville Power Administration and Kaiser Aluminum Company. Mr. Hoerner holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Gonzaga University.

Michelle M. Harrison, Senior Vice President, Finance and Treasurer

Ms. Harrison joined Century in 2000. Ms. Harrison was promoted to Vice President and Treasurer in 2007 and to Senior Vice President, Finance and Treasurer in March 2014. Prior to joining Century she worked as an auditor for Deloitte & Touche. Ms. Harrison is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Gunnar Gudlaugsson, Vice President, Europe Operations and Managing Director of Nordural

Mr. Gudlaugsson joined Century in 2008 and was appointed Plant Manager of Nordural Grundartangi ehf. in 2009 and Vice President, European and Asian Operations and Plant Manager, Nordural Grundartangi in 2017. Mr. Gudlaugsson was appointed Managing Director of Nordural in 2019. Prior to joining Century, Mr. Gudlaugsson held a number of senior management positions with Rio Tinto Alcan in Straumsvik over a period of more than 10 years. Mr. Gudlaugsson holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Aalborg in Denmark.