Scott D. Hazlett has been named senior vice president and general manager of Accuride Wheels and Gunite, Accuride Corp. announced. Hazlett will report to Accuride president & CEO Rick Dauch.
Hazlett will take on the leadership responsibility for Accuride’s Gunite business unit on Sept. 1, 2012, upon the retirement of Kenneth W. Sparks, senior vice president and general manager, Gunite and Imperial, who is concluding three years of service to Accuride.
Separately, Greg Kern, vice president of Accuride’s Imperial Group business unit who had previously reported to Sparks, now will report directly to Dauch.
“Scott Hazlett has done an exceptional job revitalizing our core Wheels business, while directing the launch and commercialization of critical new aluminum wheel manufacturing capacity this year,” said Dauch. “He is a highly effective operations leader, and I am confident that he will complete the manufacturing improvements and consolidation underway at Gunite with speed and efficiency.”
Hazlett joined Accuride as senior vice president and general manager, Accuride Wheels, in October 2011 from Kansas City-based MachineryLink. Previously, he was a partner with Detroit-based industrial turnaround firm Conway, Mackenzie & Dunleavy.
Sparks joined Accuride Corp. in 2009 and subsequently led its Imperial, Gunite, and Brillion business units, as well as the former Bostrom business unit.