Dawne S. Hickton
President and Founding Partner
Dawne S. Hickton is former Vice Chair, President and Chief Executive Officer of RTI International Metals, Inc., a billion dollar vertically-integrated global supplier of advanced titanium and specialty metals fabricated structural products that was acquired by Alcoa in July 2015, and subsequently split into a division of Arconic in 2016 (NYSE:ARNC). RTI’s products have applications in the commercial aerospace, defense, propulsion, medical device, energy, industrial and chemical markets. She has more than 30 years of diversified metals experience including over a decade working at U.S. Steel Corporation prior to joining the titanium industry as an executive.
As a CEO, Ms. Hickton successfully negotiated and signed multi-billion dollar deals with aerospace OEMs. She put in place a strategy that transformed RTI from a mid-size manufacturer of titanium mill products to one of the world’s largest integrated, value-added suppliers of titanium and aluminum parts and engineered structures as part of a key supply chain to the aerospace industry and other markets. She oversaw two major capital expansions and made five acquisitions in the last four years of her leadership.
Ms. Hickton serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, and additionally serves as a Director for Jacobs Engineering Group (NYSE:JEC), Triumph Group, Inc. (NYSE:TGI), and Haynes International, Inc. (NASDAQ GM:HAYN).