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‘Exciting time’: MLC announce two leadership appointments

MLC has announced two key leadership changes that will be key to the network of the company’s operations.  

Elizabeth Wilkerson has been promoted to vice president for operations, and Mike Kiefer has been appointed vice president for finance and chief finance officer.  

Kiefer, who joined MLC, formerly Mississippi Lime Company, from Afinitas Inc., has more than 20 years of industry experience. Wilkerson has nearly 20 years of experience in operations, supply chain, and finance, including more than a decade with MLC.  

“Mike’s in-depth experience is highlighted by his success in strategic business growth and consistent delivery of results,” MLC president and chief executive officer Paul Hogan said. 

“His skill set will enable us to achieve financial excellence as we pursue our strategic plan, including initiatives to expand our portfolio of assets and businesses, capture share in new and existing markets and enhance business analytics.” 

Mike Kiefer. Image: MLC

Kiefer obtained a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Missouri, Columbia, with a major in finance and banking. He earned his MBA from the Olin School of Business at Washington University with an emphasis in strategy. 

“It’s also an exciting time to join the company, as it has recently reached new levels of international growth, innovation and sustainability. I look forward to working with the MLC teams to accomplish the company’s ambitious strategic plan,” Kiefer said. 

Elizabeth Wilkerson. Image: MLC

Wilkerson joined MLC in 2013. Since then, she has served in various leadership roles, including finance director and director of supply chain. In these positions, she was deeply involved in key initiatives that support of the company’s long-term strategy, including the expansion of assets, logistics capabilities, energy flexibility, certifications, efficiencies and safety. Prior to her career at MLC, she held positions with EY, Sabreliner and Boeing. 

“Elizabeth expertly managed the complex operational needs of our Ste. Genevieve site while prioritising safety, sustainability and service has proven her strong leadership skills, excellent business acumen and deep operational knowledge,” Hogan said. 

“She has also been a key leader within our supply chain and finance organizations. I am confident that she will continue to be instrumental to the long-term success of MLC and the customers we serve.” 

Wilkerson said she was excited about the new role and involvement in MLC.  

“As part of the leadership team, I look forward to continuing my journey with MLC and helping to achieve our strategic objectives for operations,” she said.  

“We have many exciting milestones on the horizon, including a major investment at our Bonne Terre, Missouri, facility and projects to enhance our sustainability, capacity and efficiency. In my new role, I will be focused on ensuring the success of these initiatives, while assuring we continue to operate safely and responsibly, with a high standard of operational excellence.” 

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