Risner succeeds Lasky as Accuride chairman

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Accuride Corp. announce that William Lasky has stepped down as chairman of the company’s board of directors. Accuride announced last month Lasky’s decision not to seek re-election following the conclusion of his term. His departure concludes more than 3½ years of service to Accuride.

Accuride’s board has elected John Risner, its lead independent director, as new board chairman, effective immediately. A member of Accuride’s board since February 2010, Risner brings extensive expertise in finance, directorship and corporate governance to his new role, the company says.

“On behalf of Accuride’s board of directors, I would like to express my deep appreciation to Bill for his service to the company,” says Risner. “Bill stepped forward to lead Accuride through a challenging and pivotal period in the company’s history as interim president and CEO, and then remained in a leadership role to ensure a smooth transition to the new board of directors and Rick Dauch as the succeeding chief executive officer. He leaves the board with Accuride well positioned for future growth and development. I look forward to working closely with the board and Accuride’s leadership team to continue those efforts.”

Lasky served as Accuride’s interim president and CEO from September 2008 to February 2011 while the company searched for a permanent replacement to the previous CEO. During that time, he led the company through a four-month restructuring, preserving existing customer and supplier relationships, and secured relisting of the company’s common stock on the New York Stock Exchange in December 2010.