AISI Officers

John Brett

Chairman, AISI
President and CEO,
ArcelorMittal USA

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JOHN BRETT was named vice president of ArcelorMittal and chief executive officer of ArcelorMittal USA Flat Carbon in January 2016. ArcelorMittal USA Flat Carbon is comprised of 15 facilities in nine states and includes mines, integrated steelmaking facilities and finishing mills capable of producing light flat-rolled and plate products. ArcelorMittal USA flat carbon operations employ more than 16,000 people and serve as a vital component of the company’s global footprint. Brett reports directly to Mr. Lakshmi Mittal, chairman and chief executive officer of ArcelorMittal.

Prior to assuming the role of CEO, Brett served as executive vice president of finance, planning and procurement for ArcelorMittal USA. In this capacity, Brett had responsibility for the planning, directing, managing and controlling of the U.S. business’s financial, purchasing and supply chain management activities.

Brett joined predecessor company Inland Steel Company in 1988 as an associate accountant and has held various leadership positions in accounting, finance and supply chain management. He is a magna cum laude graduate of DePauw University, majoring in economics. Brett also earned an MBA in finance and accounting from the University of Chicago.

He lives in Schererville, Indiana with his wife and daughter and is an avid sports enthusiast.

Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO, American Iron and Steel Institute

Thomas J. Gibson

President and CEO,
American Iron and Steel Institute

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THOMAS J. GIBSON is the president and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI). Gibson has spearheaded AISI’s advocacy efforts on issues critical to the North American steel industry since 2008 with the goal of effectively taking the steel industry’s story to decision makers at all levels of government.  

Prior to joining AISI, he led the advocacy programs of the American Chemistry Council and the Portland Cement Association, establishing a strong track record of achieving legislative objectives by working with both Democrats and Republicans.  Gibson has also served as chief of staff to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrators Christine Todd Whitman and Michael Leavitt and staffed the Senate Environmental Public Works committee.  

Gibson recently served as chairman of the National Manufacturers Association’s Council of Manufacturing Associations.  He received the communicator of the year award from the World Steel Association in 2013 and is also regularly quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, American Metal Market, Politico and Reuters.  

Gibson is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate with a Master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center.  

Chuck Schmitt

Vice Chairman, AISI
President, SSAB Americas

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CHARLES "CHUCK" SCHMITT is president of SSAB Americas, a leading supplier of plate in North America. Schmitt began his career in the steel industry with U. S. Steel’s management trainee program in 1985. In 1990, he joined IPSCO as the Midwest sales manager and held various roles within the organization including government affairs and overseeing the company’s southern business division.

After the 2007 acquisition of IPSCO by SSAB, Schmitt was promoted to vice president and in July 2011, Schmitt was promoted to SSAB’s Group Executive Committee and appointed president of the SSAB Americas business division. In his current role, he is responsible for directing all commercial and operational activities, as well as the overall financial performance for the Americas. He is past chairman of the American Iron and Steel Institute and currently an AISI director and sits on the Board of Directors for Metals Service Center Institute.

A fourth-generation steelmaker, Schmitt received his B.B.A. from the University of Texas in Arlington, Texas in 1984.

Guillermo Vogel

Guillermo Vogel

Vice Chairman, AISI
Vice Chairman, Tenaris Tamsa

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GUILLERMO VOGEL is the Vice Chairman of the Board for Tenaris. He joined Tamsa in 1983 as Administrative and Financial Director and was named Tamsa’s Deputy General Manager. In 1987, he became the Executive Vice President and was promoted to Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors in 1997. Vogel is also Vice President, Finance for Tenaris.

He is the Chairman of the Board of Grupo Collado S.A.B. de C.V., Vice Chairman of Estilo y Vanidad S.A. de C.V., and a member of the Board of Directors of Alfa S.A.B. de C.V. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and of the Investment Committee of the Corporacion Mexicana de Inversiones de Capital and a member of the Board of Directors and the Audit Committee of HSBC (Mexico).

Vogel currently serves as a director for the American Iron and Steel Institute. He also served as a former Vice Chairman and Chairman of its North American Steel Council. He is a current member of the North American Competitiveness Council, the Worldsteel Association, and ILAFA. Vogel received a B.A. from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.