In his function, he will lead the company’s Tungsten, Surface Technology as well as Ceramic Powders business.

"The shareholders Advent and Carlyle are pleased that Edmar Allitsch will join H.C. Starck Executive Board. We are highly confident that Edmar will complement the incumbent management team with his in-depth expertise and will contribute significantly to the continuous successful development of the H.C. Starck Group," said Engelbert Heimes, Chairman of the Supervisory Board.

"Edmar Allitsch is a welcome and very valuable addition to our senior management team. Edmar will support H.C. Starck in its successful development as a global market leader in the Tungsten industry and the sustainable expansion of our business activities", said Andreas Meier, CEO of H.C. Starck. "On behalf of the Board, I warmly welcome Edmar Allitsch."

After studying metallurgy and economics at the Montan University of Leoben (Austria), Edmar Allitsch started his career in 1988 with Radex Austria AG. In 1998, he was appointed to the Board of the North American Refractories Co. in Cleveland (USA), a subsidiary of RHI AG. In 2002, Edmar Allitsch moved to Winterthur Technologie AG, where he became CEO in 2008.