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AFS finalises CEO transition plan

The American Foundry Society (AFS) has appointed Doug Kurkul to be its new CEO effective 1st May 2016 following a period of transition with current CEO Jerry Call. In 2015, Call announced he would be retiring on 30th June 2016.

“We believe Kurkul is a tremendous fit for AFS and what it plans for the future,” said Bruce Dienst, AFS president and president and CEO of Simpson Technologies Corp. “He is well-equipped to take our organisation into a new phase of service to our membership. 
“On behalf of the AFS board, I would like to thank Jerry for his years of dedicated service to the society and the metalcasting industry. Under his leadership, AFS has thrived as an influential innovator, advocate for the industry and key source of metalcasting education.”
Kurkul has enjoyed a 30-year career as a leader, advocate and communicator on behalf of American manufacturing and economic vitality. In recent years, he has served as president or CEO of business advocacy groups in Reno, Nevada (Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce); Round Rock, Texas (Round Rock Chamber & Economic Development Partnership); and Dallas, Texas (Printing & Imaging Association of Mid America). For 20 years of his career, Kurkul served in a variety of capacities with the National Association of Manufacturers, culminating in his role as vice president for member communications and marketing and editor of Leadership for Manufacturers magazine. 
Speaking about his new role, Kurkul said: “AFS is respected for its innovative programs and superb member service. I look forward to building on that record of achievement and to serving this vitally important industry.”