Michael A. Bless
Michael A. Bless has served as Special Advisor to the CEO and the Board of Directors of Century Aluminum Company (Nasdaq: CENX) since July 2021. Mr. Bless served as Century's President and Chief Executive Officer from November 2011 to July 2021, he was a member of Century's Board of Directors from December 2012 to July 2021. Mr. Bless served as Century's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2006 to November 2011. Prior to Century, Mr. Bless served as the Chief Financial Officer of Maxtor Corporation (NYSE: MXO) from 2004-2006 and Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK) from 2001 to 2004, and in several other leadership positions with Rockwell. Mr. Bless began his career as an investment banker with Dillon, Read & Co. Inc. from 1987 to 1997. He holds an A.B. degree in history from Princeton University.
Mr. Bless has served as an independent director of CNA Financial Corporation (NYSE: CNA), where he is chair of the Compensation Committee, since 2017. He served as an independent director of Simpson Manufacturing Company (NYSE: SSD) from 2017 to 2021.