Joe H. Lombard
Global Managing Director, Metals/Global Managing Director, Light Metals
Director since: 2006
Joe is one of the world's foremost authorities on the design and construction of aluminum smelters, with more than 30 years of experience in the development and expansion of metallurgical facilities in Europe, North America and South Africa.
As Global Board Member & Global Managing Director of Metals, Joe is responsible for project planning, costing and technology assessments for the sector. His extensive smelter project and operating experience has been central in directing and managing project teams. He has authored several technical papers related to best practices in smelter design and construction. In addition to leading our Metals sector, Joe also provides strategic planning and development leadership for Hatch’s presence in China, the Middle East, and Brazil.
Joe was previously President and CEO of Aluminérie Alouette, the largest aluminum smelter in the Americas. At Aluminérie Alouette, Joe was responsible for a $1.5 billion expansion of its facility in Sept-Îles, Québec.
Joe is a graduate of the University of Pretoria, where he earned a BEng in Mechanical Engineering as well as a BComm Hons from the University of South Africa. Outside of work, Joe serves as the Chairman of the Canada-South African Chamber of Commerce, and is an avid scuba diver and passionate photographer.
"Hatch is like a multifaceted gem. The opportunities to apply our organization’s talents are endless. Our challenge—and the fun part—is to figure out how to apply and focus the talents in the best interest of our clients and the projects we’re working on."