Stephen Montague

President and Chief Executive Officer
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Stephen Montague joined Midrex Technologies as a co-op student in 1987. He has served in numerous technical and commercial functions including engineering, operations, technology development, and sales. Prior to being appointed President and COO in 2016, he was Vice President – Sales & Marketing. He was appointed CEO in 2017. He participated in the design and start-ups of numerous MIDREX® Plants, helped develop many new technologies, and is co-inventor of several patents.

Stephen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

KC Woody

Chief Operating Officer
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KC Woody is the Chief Operating Officer at Midrex Technologies, Inc. KC is currently responsible for operations and commercial activities. Since joining the company, KC has held several roles in the Commercial Department at Midrex as well as being the Managing Director of Midrex India Private, Ltd.. He is an Army veteran and a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Joe Imai

Executive Vice President

Mr. Imai joined Midrex Technologies, Inc. in 2018. Prior to joining Midrex, he spent nearly 20 years at Kobe Steel, Ltd. While he was at Kobe Steel, he maintained a close relationship with Midrex while serving as a Sales Manager and Planning Manager of the Iron Unit Division, and Administration Manager of the OPCO MIDREX® DR Plant in Venezuela. He also served as a Manager of Corporate Planning Department of the company. He is a graduate of Keio University in Japan, where he studied Economics.

Chris Hayes

Vice President – Operations
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Chris Hayes is the Vice President – Operations at Midrex Technologies, Inc. Chris is currently responsible for leading Midrex Operations including Project Management and Controls, Engineering and Procurement. Since joining Midrex, he has held roles in Engineering, Project Management, and the Global Solutions department and has been actively involved in the design, start-up and upgrade of many of the Midrex plants around the world. Chris earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The State University of New York at Buffalo.

Gerry Gill

Chief Financial Officer

Gerry joined Midrex Technologies in 2016 as the Chief Financial Officer. Gerry has more than 25 years of diversified experience leading accounting, finance, customer service and administrative units. He is responsible for all finance and accounting aspects of the company, including overseas offices located in UK, India, China, and UAE. Additionally, Gerry leads the MiTeam program at Midrex, which focuses on employee engagement, talent management, and corporate culture initiatives.

Gerry is a CPA and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Florida State University.

Will Dempsey

Vice President - Commercial

Will Dempsey is the Vice President of Commercial at Midrex, where he oversees all commercial activities including plant sales, contracts and licensing, marketing, and the aftermarket group, Global Solutions. In his 10 years at Midrex, he has developed an extensive background in process engineering, including lead design and commissioning roles. Will believes the best engineering solutions are ethical, elegant, practical, and completely satisfy our clients’ needs.

Will holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Curtis Hughes

Chief Information Officer

As the CIO of Midrex Technologies, Curtis is responsible for defining and executing the company’s global technology strategy across more than 20 countries worldwide. Prior to joining Midrex, he spent nearly two decades as a trusted business leader and technology advisor to organizations throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, founding three technology companies along the way.

Curtis holds a B.S. in Computer Science from UNC Charlotte, has been named as one of Charlotte’s “40 Under 40”, and frequently shares his experience by writing on leadership and technology trends, and speaking at business and technology conferences around the world.

Kathy Dent

Director – Global Human Resources

Kathy Dent is the Director – Global Human Resources for Midrex Technologies, Inc. and has over twenty years of global human resources experience. She has worked at Midrex since 1990 in many roles including: logistics, accounting and human resources. She holds a BA in Business Administration from Queens University of Charlotte and has been a certified Senior Human Resources Professional since 2004.

Todd Astoria

Director – Research and Technology Development

Todd Astoria is the Director – Research and Technology Development for Midrex Technologies, Inc. and has nearly 20 years of industrial experience. Todd has worked at Midrex since 2005 in many roles including: process engineer, proposals engineer, plant commissioning and start-up, as well as research and development. Todd is a licensed Professional Engineer in North Carolina and Louisiana, and holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Scott Updike

Director - Projects
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Scott Updike is the Director of Projects at Midrex Technologies, Inc. where he oversees project management, construction oversight, project controls, cost estimation and quality assurance for all new plant projects.  Scott brings more than 20 years of experience leading complex industrial, energy and defense sector projects. He holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, a Master’s in Civil Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology and a Bachelor’s in Civil and Environmental Engineering from West Virginia University.  Scott is also a licensed Professional Engineer and certified Project Management Professional.

John Teeters

Director - Engineering
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John Teeters is the Director of Engineering at Midrex where he oversees all engineering disciplines associated with the execution of major projects including new plants, plant upgrades, and technology development. He has more than 25 years of engineering and project management experience in ironmaking, liquified natural gas (LNG), chemical processes, fiber-optics, and pharmaceutical glass including more than 10 years with Midrex serving in lead engineering, commissioning, and training roles.

John holds both B.S. and M.S. Mechanical Engineering degrees from North Carolina State University.

Dave Durnovich

General Manager – Global Solutions

David has worked in the iron and steel industry for more than 40 years and held senior management positions in direct reduction, steelmaking, and manufacturing. During his career, David has operated steel plants all over the world and prior to joining Midrex, he was the Vice President of Operations for the Lion Group – Banting.

In 2017, David joined Midrex as the General Manager – Global Solutions. Global Solutions is the Midrex aftermarket group, which focuses on offering valuable solutions to operating DR plants. Under his leadership, Midrex expanded it’s service offering to include plant services, spare parts, equipment supply, engineering solutions, water treatment, RPS and MidrexConnect.

Dave Ahwesh

Director – Procurement & Logistics

Dave’s 40 plus year career with Stone and Webster, Kaiser Engineers, Samsung Heavy Industries and Midrex Technologies, Inc. has exposed him to a variety of positions and industries. Along the way he’s been an expediter, purchaser, a construction manager, a salesman but mostly he’s been a procurement manager and currently a procurement director. His assignments have been predominantly office locations but have included domestic and foreign project site locations.

Brandy Reese

Director - Talent Development

Brandy joined Midrex Technologies in 2019 as Director – Talent Development. Brandy has more than 20 years of global experience leading recruitment, learning and development, organizational design and performance management efforts. Brandy leads the MiTeam program at Midrex, which focuses on employee engagement, talent management and corporate culture initiatives. Brandy holds a Masters in Instructional Technology from Towson University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Stevenson University.  She is a Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional, SHRM-SCP.

Aashima Vadhera

Director - Finance (Asia, Middle East and North Africa)

Aashima joined the Midrex Group in 2012 at its India office and is responsible for all financial and administrative aspects of the India and Shanghai offices. She also sits on the board of Midrex Gulf Services and supports in its financial supervision. Aashima works closely with the Midrex Commercial Team on inter-alia tax and contractual advisory issues. Prior to joining Midrex, Aashima worked with E&Y and PwC and has extensive experience on international tax and regulatory issues and transactions. 

Aashima is a qualified Chartered Accountant and also holds two bachelor’s degrees, one in law and the other in commerce. She also graduated from Midrex Leadership Institute Cohort 2. 

Nigel Phillips

Director - Operations | Global Project & ECA Finance, Risk Management

Nigel joined Midrex in the summer of 2019 to lead Midrex UK into its second decade of operations. Prior to this his 30 year career in the finance he embraced a variety of trade and insurance related roles with UK, Dutch, French and Spanish financial institutions. He has majored on project and export finance, financing the cross border sale of capital goods and services. He brings a wealth of knowledge of the finance market, structures as well as risk mitigation provided by the private insurance market. He has a BS in Economics. 

 Nigel is married with four children (two boys, two girls 14-21 years old) and enjoys most sports, hiking and family travel.