Leadership Changes at O’Neal Industries

Holman Head

O’Neal Industries President and COO Holman Head has announced his retirement at the end of September.

A graduate of Washington and Lee University, Head joined O’Neal Steel in 1980 and worked in various capacities with the company, including sales, marketing, supply chain and product development. With the formation of O’Neal Industries (ONI) in 2009, Head became executive vice president of O’Neal Industries and was later named president and COO. He will continue to serve as a member of the O’Neal Industries board of directors.

“Throughout his career, Holman has been an impact player, contributing immensely to the success of our businesses,” said Craft O’Neal, chairman and CEO of ONI.

Stephen Armstrong

With Head’s retirement, O’Neal Industries has promoted Stephen Armstrong and Tom Kennard to executive vice presidents of ONI. In addition to their responsibilities at ONI, the presidents of ONI companies O’Neal Steel, O’Neal Manufacturing Services and Leeco Steel will report to Armstrong, and the presidents of TW Metals, United Performance Metals and G&L Tube will report to Kennard.

An Auburn University graduate, Armstrong joined O’Neal Steel in 2006, later becoming vice president of administration. He most recently served as president and CEO of O’Neal Steel.

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Tom Kennard

A Georgetown College graduate, Kennard founded Aerospace International Materials in 1993, which was acquired by O’Neal Industries in 2008, when Kennard became president of the newly formed United Performance Metals, a merger of AIM and Ferguson Metals. In 2017, he led the consolidation of ONI companies Aerodyne Alloys, Plus Ten Stainless and Vulcanium Metals into United Performance Metals.

Peter Neuberger

Following the promotions of Armstrong and Kennard, O’Neal Industries has appointed Peter Neuberger, currently president of G&L Tube, to president and CEO of United Performance Metals, effective October 1. A graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Business School, Neuberger has led G&L Tube for the last three years. G&L Tube was acquired by ONI in 2019.

Tate Forrester

In addition, Tate Forrester, vice president of sales and marketing of O’Neal Steel, has been promoted to president and CEO of O’Neal Steel, effective October 1. Forrester joined the ONI family of companies in 2009 and has worked in various leadership, operational and highly strategic roles within ONI. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of Texas McCombs School of Business.

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