JOHN J. 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 had elected Ferriola to the position of Chief Executive Officer and President, effective January 1, 2013.
He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA) and as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Iron & 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).
Prior to joining Nucor, Ferriola began his career with Bethlehem Steel Corporation in 1974, and worked for 17 years in various operating and management roles.
He graduated from the Maritime Academy, State University of New York with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. In the spring of 2012, he received an honorary Doctorate from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.