Bruce Neil Elected to Battery Industry Board

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Doe Run’s president and CEO will help promote benefits of lead-acid batteries

Bruce Neil, president and chief executive officer for The Doe Run Company, has been elected to the board of the Battery Council International (BCI), the trade association for the international lead-acid battery industry. As a voting member of the board, he will collaborate with other members to promote and advocate for lead-acid battery use around the world.

“BCI believes it is important that our board is comprised of industry leaders. As CEO of one of the largest secondary smelters in the world, Bruce certainly meets that criterion,” said John Craig, president of BCI and chairman, president and CEO of EnerSys. “Bruce was selected because he has a reputation of being a fair, insightful and thoughtful team player.”

BCI supports battery manufacturers and recyclers, marketers, retailers, distributors, suppliers and consultants by promoting battery recycling, tracking overall sales, lobbying on behalf of lead-acid battery companies and communicating with members about the latest technological and regulatory developments.

“We believe that lead-based batteries are the efficient and affordable answer to growing demand for environmentally friendly transportation and power around the world. Doe Run is also proud to support the 150-year-old technology’s success as it evolves to make renewable energy more accessible,” Neil said. “BCI has made tremendous progress in furthering the lead-battery industry, and I am honored to partner with BCI’s members.”

Doe Run is the largest integrated lead producer in the Western Hemisphere, with about 90 percent of its metal production used by battery manufacturers. Under Neil’s leadership, Doe Run has worked to bring a revolutionary new lead processing technology that improves processing efficiency while virtually eliminating lead and sulfur dioxide emissions to commercial application.

Neil has spent 40 years in the metals business, and joined Doe Run in 1998 as operations manager of a smelter in Glover, Mo. In 2006, Neil was named president and chief executive officer for The Doe Run Company where he steers one of the world’s largest suppliers of lead products and related services. As an industry leader, he has shared insights on the evolving role of lead at events around the world, including the International Lead Conference in London and the Asian Lead and Zinc Conference in Shanghai.

The BCI nominating committee selected Neil and Hitoshi Ohta, president and CEO of Yuasa Battery, Inc. as candidates for the board, and they were both elected by membership vote at BCI’s annual convention in May. Neil and Ohta began their board terms immediately upon election and will serve on the board for one year, with the opportunity for re-election.

About The Doe Run Company
Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and the largest integrated lead producer in the Western Hemisphere. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates one of the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling facilities, located in Boss, Mo. The Doe Run Company and its subsidiary deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona. For more information, visit

Editor’s Note: A photo of Bruce Neil is available upon request.


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