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Metal Exchange Corporation Appoints New Talent

Ben Evans

Vijay Natarajan

Metal Exchange Corporation has announced that Vijay Natarajan, global business manager, has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Trading. In addition, Ben Evans, president of trading, has transitioned to a newly created position of Vice President of Corporate Development.

Over the last 13 years at Metal Exchange Corporation, Natarajan has built strong customer relationships while progressing through roles of increasing responsibility in the company's Scrap, RSI and Value Added Product businesses. He led the strategic development of the Semi-Fabricated Products business unit and was most recently responsible for Global Primary Products with oversight for the 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 the headquarters in St. Louis, MO. Additionally, Natarajan will oversee the company's international footprint, consisting of locations in Shanghai, Zurich and Singapore.

"Vijay's successful track record of leading teams and growing businesses makes 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," said Metal Exchange Corporation CEO Rick Merluzzi.

As Vice President of Corporate Development, Evans will focus on growth and development opportunities. 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.

"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."

For more information contact:

Metal Exchange Corporation

111 West Port Plaza Dr., Suite 350

St. Louis, MO 63146


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