Lawrence W. Kavanagh

Lawrence W. Kavanagh, President, Steel Market Development Institute, a business unit of American Iron and Steel Institute

Mr. Kavanagh is responsible for direction setting and business planning to achieve SMDI’s goals—to increase the demand for North American steel and to increase SMDI members’ share of that demand. He is responsible for leveraging SMDI’s domestic and international partners, technical and communications programs to provide a competitive advantage for SMDI members vs. alternative materials and steel imports from outside the NAFTA region. In addition, he is responsible for AISI’s collaborative R and D programs which are currently focused on new, breakthrough steelmaking technologies which may drastically reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Prior to joining AISI in 1991, Mr. Kavanagh was general manager, engineering for Davy International’s Automation Services Division [now doing business as Kvaerner and VAI]. In this capacity, Mr. Kavanagh was responsible for all phases of project execution-estimating, sales support, specification, engineering, project management, field start-up and acceptance testing for Davy’s steel plant equipment installations around the world.

Mr. Kavanagh is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and of the ‘mini-MBA’ program at George Mason University. He is an active/former board member of various community service and research organizations.