GKN Powder Metallurgy appoints new CEO

Diego Laurent has been appointed CEO of GKN Powder Metallurgy with immediate effect, the company reports. Laurent moves from the position of CFO which he has held since 2018.

Peter Oberparleiter, who has been CEO since 2012, is stepping down from his position after a long and successful career of more than 34 years with GKN.

Diego Laurent originally joined GKN in 1993 and has held a number of senior finance positions within the GKN group in Brazil, Mexico, and USA. In 2013, he moved to the UK and was appointed CFO in 2018. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics, an MBA in finance, and post graduate qualification in production engineering.

"GKN Powder Metallurgy has been very successful in developing cutting-edge technologies and has become a pioneer in sustainable innovation and digital manufacturing,” Laurent said. “I look forward to developing the company further with the clear goal of shaping the future of powder metallurgy.”