February 5, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK, NY— Thomas S. Passek has been named president of the Copper Development Association (CDA) effective February 1, 2015. He succeeds Andrew G. Kireta Sr., who retired this January after 36 years with the organization.
Passek brings nearly three decades of metals industry and association management experience to CDA. He was most recently the managing director of the ASM International (formerly the American Society of Metals), an organization that serves metallurgists, materials professionals and managers worldwide.
Passek also served as the executive director of The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), where he worked with standards-setting bodies including ASME, ASTM and ISO TAG groups. He is a member of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives as well as the American Society of Association Executives.
“Thom’s significant experience makes him a strong choice to lead CDA,” said Stephen Higgins, CDA chairman. “I am confident that through his demonstrated ability to successfully lead a large professional association Passek will continue to advance the strength and influence of CDA.”
The Copper Development Association is a trade association of the North American copper industry, with the objective of influencing the use of copper and copper alloys through precompetitive research, market development/promotion, and education, as well as technical and end-user support.