Albany Engineered Composites makes senior management changes

Diane Loudon will take over as president of AEC.

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Albany International Corp. (Rochester, New Hampshire, US) announced senior management changes for Albany Engineered Composites, Inc. (AEC). Ralph Polumbo, president of AEC, will retire on Jan. 1, 2016, at which time Diane Loudon, AEC’s senior vice president for operations and general manager of Albany Safran Composites, will be promoted to succeed Polumbo. Loudon will report to Joseph Morone, president and CEO of Albany International.

“Throughout his nearly ten-year career with Albany International, Ralph has been intimately involved in the Company’s transformation,” Morone said. “For the first half of his tenure, as senior vice president HR and then Chief Administrative Officer, he helped shape the restructuring and renewal of Machine Clothing. And since 2010, he has led Albany Engineered Composites through a critical phase of maturation, building the organization, talent, systems and business processes required to meet the unprecedented ramp up in volume that begins next year with the entry into service of the LEAP engine.”

Loudon joined Albany Engineered Composites in November 2011 as senior vice president for operations, and has led Albany Safran Composites since November 2013. In the 20 years prior to joining AEC, she served in a variety of executive roles in operations and program management in the medical devices industry, most recently at Accellent.

Loudon has an MBA from Syracuse University and undergraduate degrees in Industrial Engineering and Accounting.

“Diane brings to her new job broad and deep experience in operations, a passionate commitment to enterprise-wide operational excellence, and a very personal and engaged style of leadership – precisely the combination required to lead AEC simultaneously through the ramp up of the LEAP engine and the conversion to commercial reality of our new business opportunity pipeline. All of us at Albany look forward to working with Diane in this pivotal moment in the growth of AEC,” Morone said.