The Aluminum Transportation Group is led by industry-leading aluminum experts who are working collaboratively across the value chain to develop innovative and sustainable aluminum mobility solutions. Meet the ATG’s committee leadership.

As president and CEO of the Aluminum Association, Charles “Chuck” Johnson serves as the chief advocate for the full aluminum value chain in the United States, which supports hundreds of thousands of American workers. The association’s 120+ members make 70 percent of the aluminum and aluminum products shipped in North America.

Mike Keown was appointed as ATG chair effective October 1, 2021. Mike oversees the vision and growth of Commonwealth Rolled Products, as CEO, leading the company into the future, building on its legacy and setting a committed course toward excellence. He formerly served as executive vice president and president, North America at Aleris from 2015 to 2020. Throughout his 20-year career with Aleris, Mike held various positions in finance, metal procurement, supply chain and general management, globally.

Craig Lewis serves as ATG vice chair, and Constellium’s senior director of automotive sales for North America, leading sales, marketing and technical service teams for the aluminium auto body sheet and automotive structures organizations. Craig has more than 15 years of experience in the industry, and has held several positions across disciplines at Constellium, Novelis and Alcoa.  

Dr. Blake Zuidema is ATG technical committee chair, and Novelis North America’s director, automotive technical services. In this role, he leads and coordinates the development of customers’ technology programs in collaboration with Novelis’ R&D, operations and commercial organizations. He also leads Novelis’ first automotive customer solution center in Novi. Dr. Zuidema has more than 35 years of R&D experience in the raw materials sector of the automotive industry, and has held positions at ArcelorMittal, National Steel Corporation and Howmet Corporation.

Dr. Andreas Afseth is the ATG technical committee vice chair, and technical director for automotive body sheet for Constellium’s North American operations. He leads the engineering and technical service teams responsible for product development, program launches and field support. With 25 years of experience in the aluminum and automotive industries, Dr. Afseth began his career at Constellium, working globally across Alcan/Constellium. He is also a contributor to the creation of five patents and co-author to more than 30 published technical articles.