AISI Officers

Roger Newport

Roger K. Newport

Chairman, AISI
CEO, AK Steel Corporation


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ROGER K. NEWPORT was named Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of AK Steel Corporation (NYSE: AKS) on January 1, 2016. Based in West Chester, Ohio, (Greater Cincinnati), AK Steel is a world leader in the production of flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steel products, primarily for automotive, infrastructure and manufacturing, construction and electrical power generation and distribution markets. Mr. Newport started his career with the company in 1985 in the accounting department. He advanced through a number of increasingly responsible finance, sales and marketing roles at the corporate headquarters and the company’s Middletown Works. He was named Controller in 2001, and Chief Accounting Officer in 2004. He advanced to Vice President, Business Planning and Development in 2010, and Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer in 2012. He was named Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer in 2014, and Executive Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer in 2015. 

Newport is serving as Chairman on the Board of Directors of the American Iron and Steel Institute and is a member of the Board of Directors of the World Steel Association. He is also Chairman of the Steel Market Development Institute CEO Group. Mr. Newport is a member of the Washington, D.C.-based Business Roundtable. He is also a member of Financial Executives International. Mr. Newport serves on the Board of Directors of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and the Dean’s Executive Advisory Board for Xavier University’s Williams College of Business. He served as Group Chair, Special Projects, for the 2014 United Way of Greater Cincinnati Campaign, and is an alumnus of the Leadership Cincinnati USA program. Mr. Newport has coached youth soccer and baseball teams, volunteered for TOP soccer for children with disabilities, and served on the Board of Directors of the Mason High School Soccer Boosters. 

Newport holds a BBA degree in Accounting from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA with honors from Xavier University.

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) and president of the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI). 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.  

John Brett

Vice 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.

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John J. Ferriola

Vice Chairman, AISI
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nucor Corporation


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JOHN FERRIOLA joined Nucor Corporation in 1991 as manager of Maintenance and Engineering at the Jewett, Texas bar mill. In 1995, he was named general manager of Nucor’s Grapeland, Texas joist fabrication division. Later the same year, he was named vice president and general manager of Nucor’s Norfolk, Neb. bar mill. From 1998 to the end of 2001, he served as vice president and general manager of the Crawfordsville, Ind. sheet mill.

In January 2002, Ferriola was appointed as executive vice president and in September 2007 was named chief operation officer of Steel Making Operations. He became president and chief operating officer and a member of the Board of Directors in January 2011.

On November 16, 2012, Nucor announced that its Board of Directors has elected John Ferriola to the position of chief executive officer and president, effective January 1, 2013.

He currently serves as vice chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI).

Ferriola has been active in the Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST) for over 20 years and has served on its board of directors. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

Tim Timken

Tim Timken

Vice Chairman, AISI
Chairman, CEO and President, TimkenSteel


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WARD J. "TIM" TIMKEN, JR., is chairman, CEO and president of TimkenSteel Corporation, leading its transition to a strong and independent company.

He most recently served as chairman and CEO of The Timken Company, leading a strategy that resulted in more than tripling the stock price during his tenure. He joined Timken’s steel business in 1992 and progressed through a series of roles in sales and marketing management and geographic leadership in Europe and Latin America, where he helped fuel the company’s global growth. He served as vice chairman, playing a pivotal role the development of strategy that expanded the company’s product portfolio into industrial market segments. He also served as president of steel before being named company chairman in 2005.

Earlier in his career, Timken opened and managed the Washington, D.C., office of McGough & Associates, a Columbus, Ohio-based government affairs consulting firm.

Tim Timken serves on the boards of Team NEO and the American Iron and Steel Institute, where he served as chairman of each. Additional board memberships include Pella Corporation, the National Association of Manufacturers Executive Committee, the Ohio Business Development 

Council, the Ohio Business Roundtable Executive Committee, the Stark Development Board, and the Timken Foundation. Timken also serves as a trustee of the TimkenSteel Charitable Funds. 

He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Georgetown University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.  

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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.