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.

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.

Maximo Vedoya

Vice Chairman, AISI
CEO, Ternium Mexico


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MAXIMO VEDOYA currently serves as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that, he served as President of Ternium Mexico. He has held several other executive positions since joining the Techint Group in 1992, such as chief executive officer of Ferrasa, director of Ternium Mexico’s international and steel purchase operations, commercial director and export manager of Sidor and commercial planning manager of Ternium Argentina.

He was also director of Fedemetal (the Colombian Federation of Metallurgical Industries), AIMM (Venezuelan Association of Metallurgical and Mining Industry) and is currently president of Canacero (Mexican steel association), president of Alacero, vicepresident of Caintra (Nuevo León Industrial Chamber), vice president of CONCAMIN (Mexican industrial chamber) and general counsellor of UDEM (University of Monterrey, Mexico). Mr. Vedoya is an Argentine citizen.