Roger Newport, CEO of AK Steel Corporation and newly-elected AISI Chairman, speaks with industry leaders at the AISI/SMA joint 2018 General Meeting. (May 1, 2018)

AISI Elects Newport as New Chairman

May 2, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Iron and Steel Institute’s (AISI) Board of Directors today elected Roger Newport, chief executive officer and member of the board of directors, AK Steel Corporation, to serve as chairman of the Institute, through May 2020.

“Roger Newport is one of the global steel industry’s most respected and influential leaders, and is a tireless advocate for the North American steel industry. Whether it be meeting with executive branch officials or testifying on Capitol Hill, Roger always represents the best interests of the industry and its employees,” said Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO of AISI. “I am confident that under his leadership AISI will continue to see tremendous advocacy successes on behalf of our members as we build on the legislative and regulatory accomplishments of the past year.”

The election and announcement took place at AISI’s joint 2018 General Meeting with the Steel Manufacturers Association in Washington, D.C. at the Mayflower Hotel.

“I am grateful to my fellow board members for supporting me in this role to lead the Institute during this important period in our industry’s history. I am encouraged by the progress made in the past year, and I look forward to working with my AISI colleagues to help take the steel industry to new heights,” said Newport.

AISI also announced the following board leadership elections as vice-chairmen of AISI:

  • John Brett, president and chief executive officer of ArcelorMittal USA
  • Tim Timken, chairman, CEO and president of TimkenSteel Corporation
  • John J. Ferriola, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Nucor Corporation
  • Guillermo Vogel, vice chairman of the board of Tenaris


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