Rehwinkel Elected AISI Chairman

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For Immediate Release
May 15, 2013

Colorado Springs, CO –The Board of Directors of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) has elected Michael T. Rehwinkel, President and CEO of EVRAZ North America, to serve as Chairman of the Institute until May of 2014. 

“Mike is a strong and articulate voice for the steel industry and we are honored to have him as our chairman for the next year.  His advocacy for a comprehensive energy policy -- that will boost job creation -- has been tremendous for our industry.  We look forward to his continued leadership on this and many other issues,” said Thomas J. Gibson, President and CEO of AISI. 

The appointment was made today by the AISI Board during the Institute’s 121st General Meeting being held this week at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  In his role as Chairman, Rehwinkel will lead AISI’s advocacy efforts as the steel industry seeks to strengthen pro-manufacturing public policies that will enhance the competitiveness of the North American steel industry.  He has also served as Chairman of the Institute’s Policy and Planning Committee. 

Rehwinkel said, “The nearly 154,000 steel industry workers in the U.S. are the best in the world. I am honored to lead the charge this year as we promote initiatives that continue to strengthen the steel industry, encourage innovation and keep its workforce safe.”

AISI also announced new members of the Board of Directors and Board-level committee leadership changes: 

  • Michael Rippey, President and CEO of ArcelorMittal USA, was elected Chairman of AISI’s Policy and Planning Committee, replacing Michael T. Rehwinkel, President and CEO of EVRAZ North America.

  • Chuck Schmitt, President of SSAB Americas, was elected Chairman of AISI’s Finance Committee, replacing Michael Rippey, President and CEO of ArcelorMittal USA.

  • Michael Williams, Senior Vice President of North American Flat-rolled Operations for U.S. Steel, replaced John P. Surma, Chairman and CEO of U.S. Steel, as the AISI board member.

  • James Wainscott, Chairman, President and CEO of AK Steel Corporation, succeeded John Surma as Chairman of the SMDI CEO Group.

  • Bradley Wolf, Director of Berkley Research Group, was elected Chairman of AISI’s Associate Members Committee, replacing Steve Harker, President of Kvaerner North American Construction Inc. Wolf will represent AISI’s Associate Members on the Board of Directors.

  • As previously announced, Kevin Kim, President of USS-POSCO Industries, was confirmed to AISI’s Board of Directors, replacing Robert R. Smith, who retired as President of USS-POSCO in 2012.

  • As previously announced, John J. Ferriola, CEO and President of Nucor, replaced Daniel R. DiMicco, Executive Chairman of Nucor, on the AISI Board of Directors following the Nucor leadership change.

In addition, AISI and the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) had the following leadership changes to their standing committees:

  • Robert DiCianni, Market Specialist, Automotive Market for ArcelorMittal USA, was elected Chairman of AISI’s Commercial Research Committee, replacing Brian Cowell, Director of Market Analysis and Strategy for U.S. Steel.

  • Paul McKune, Tech Specialist, Application Technology for ThyssenKrupp Steel USA, was elected Chairman of the Automotive Applications Council Bumper Group, replacing William Bernert, Projects Manager, Advanced Engineering, Automotive Product Applications of ArcelorMittal Global R&D.

  • Ron Radzilowski, Manager, Metallurgical Technology of Severstal North America, was elected chairman of SMDI’s Committee on Manufacturing Technology, replacing Christopher Kristock, Vice President, Advanced Engineering, also of Severstal North America.

Daniel R. DiMicco, Executive Chairman of Nucor, who served as an AISI Director for 11 years, received the Steel’s “10 Year Club Award”, commemorating his service to AISI and the North American steel industry.  The inscription on the medal reads:  “The American Iron and Steel Institute, on behalf of the Board of Directors and the membership, is pleased to award this citation to Daniel R. DiMicco in appreciation of his exceptional service as Chairman 2002, 2010 - 2011 and for more than a decade as Director 2001 – 2012.”

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