The Copper Development Association Names New President & CEO

The Copper Development Association, Inc. (CDA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew G. Kireta, Jr. as the association’s next President and CEO, effective January 1, 2022. He succeeds Thomas S. Passek, who at the end of 2021 after almost seven years with the company.

“The Board of Directors of the Copper Development Association is grateful for the nearly seven years of thoughtfulness, balance, and skill with which Thom has led the organization. He has encouraged and stimulated member engagement, led the organization through a time of significant change, and created a culture of support and growth for employees. He has left his mark and we wish him all the best for the future, ”said Devin Denner, CEO of CDA and President of Wieland Chase. “We are confident that Andy will continue to lead CDA and its member companies to the position of strength and resilience necessary to bring the value of copper and its alloys to society.”

Kireta brings almost 30 years of experience in the copper industry to this position. He has been with CDA since 1992 and previously held several roles in the areas of market development, strategy and organizational management in regional and national functions, most recently as Vice President of Market Development for all product and market areas of copper and copper alloys. In addition, Kireta served in various team roles at the International Copper Association (ICA), including head of the global strategy team and a board member with various roles on the executive committee of ASTM International, including a 2020 term as chairman of the board.

“Andy has an immense knowledge of the copper markets and the opportunities and challenges associated with copper use. He is known throughout the industry and has the respect and trust of the CDA team, ”said Passek, President and CEO of CDA, retired. “His support and guidance during my seven years shows his character and confirms that he is ideally positioned to take on this new role.”

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