The International Molybdenum Association (IMOA) has appointed Dr Nicole Kinsman as Technical Director from 1 January 2002. Since its formation in 1989, IMOA has vigorously extended the scope of its activities and the need for a technical expert to take charge of its market development programme is realised by this appointment. Nicole has worked for IMOA for several years in her capacity as an employee of Technical Marketing Resources, the firm of US consultants which has been largely responsible for promoting IMOA’s image as a recognised world-wide organisation with technical expertise. Nicole has a PhD in Metallurgy from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and is fluent in German, English and French. Her expertise lies in the stainless steel industry (where some 30–35% of moly is consumed) and she is the author of numerous technical papers.