The European Powder Metallurgy Association has reported that Jonathan Wroe, the association’s Executive Director, has died following a short illness. Wroe, who was 61, has been the EPMA’s Executive Director since 2001.
Wroe was a graduate of University College, Oxford, UK, and began his career working for ten years in the shipping industry in operations management before moving into export marketing. In 1986 he moved to the materials sector, working at Cookson Group and CERAM Research, holding senior roles in sales and marketing, purchasing and technology transfer.
In 2001 Wroe joined the EPMA as Executive Director. Although new to the field of metallurgy, he brought a wealth of industrial marketing and management experience to head the association’s secretariat in Shrewsbury, UK.
Under Wroe’s leadership the EPMA has seen its membership grow to record levels, new sectorial and working groups formed and many EU funded projects established and coordinated by the trade association. As well as broadening the scope of the popular series of Euro PM Conferences, Wroe was integral to the development of PM industry road maps, launch of the Global PM Property Database and the publication of a wide variety of free PM technology guides.
Jonathan Wroe will be missed by the PM community, not least by those at the EPMA secretariat, the association’s board and all who have worked with him over the years.
Personal tributes to Jonathan Wroe can viewed and added to on the EPMA’s website