AISI Comments on U.S. Steel Leadership Changes

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For Immediate Release
August 16, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), Friday evening had the following statement regarding the election of Mario Longhi as CEO of U.S. Steel and the retirement of current CEO John Surma expected at the end of the year:

“The steel industry in general, and AISI in particular, will forever be indebted to John Surma for his passion, wisdom, commitment and leadership over the past decade as CEO of U.S. Steel.  John has gone to great lengths to ensure our industry is at the forefront of advocacy on behalf of the manufacturing sector in America and the world.  John’s thoughtful and strategic counsel provided AISI, and the industry we represent, with motivation, energy and determination to help overcome some challenging economic times.  It was an honor to have John serve twice as Chairman of AISI and we wish him well.”

Gibson continued, “We are privileged to continue working in collaboration with Mario Longhi, who served on AISI’s Board of Directors in 2010-2011.  Mario is an articulate and experienced executive, and we know he shares U.S. Steel’s commitment to bringing issues impacting the steel industry to the top of policymakers’ agendas.”

John Surma was AISI Chair from May 2005 through March 2006 and from November 2011 through May 2012.  He also served as Chairman of the CEO group of the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of AISI.  Surma was awarded the Gary Medal in May 2006, the association’s highest honor, for his “tireless efforts to improve investor, media and governmental understanding of the new North American steel industry; and, his commitment to fair trade, attracting new talent to the industry and building a strong, effective AISI,” the association said in presenting the award.

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