Leadership Changes at Accuride

August 27, 2012

Accuride Corp. named Scott D. Hazlett senior vice president and general manager, Accuride Wheels and Gunite.

Kenneth Sparks (left) is retiring from Accuride, and Scott Hazlett (right) will be leading Accuride Wheels and Gunite business units.

Hazlett will take on added leadership responsibility for Accuride's Gunite business unit on Sept. 1, upon the retirement of Kenneth W. Sparks, senior vice president and general manager, Gunite and Imperial, who has been with Accuride for three years.

Hazlett joined Accuride as senior vice president and general manager, Accuride Wheels, in October 2011 from Kansas City-based MachineryLink Inc., an early-stage agricultural services firm, where he had served as president and CEO since 2006.

Previously, he was a partner with Detroit-based industrial turnaround firm Conway, Mackenzie & Dunleavy. Earlier in his career, he served as group president of TriMas Corp.'s $540 million Cequent Transportation Accessories unit, was senior vice president of CNH Global's $1 billion global agricultural aftermarket business, and led Case Corp.'s $650 million North American aftermarket unit.

Hazlett's corporate career was preceded by his 10-year service with the U.S. Army as a Field Artillery officer.

Ken Sparks joined Accuride in 2009 and subsequently led its Imperial, Gunite, and Brillion business units, as well as the former Bostrom business unit, implementing operational improvements at each.