Charles L. Rice of United States Steel Corporation Receives Steel Industry Recognition Award for Leadership

Phoenix, AZ, May 5, 2009 – The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) recognized Charles L. Rice, general manager, public affairs, United States Steel Corporation, for his outstanding leadership as chairman of the Strategic Communications Council from 2006-2008. The award presentation was made today by AISI Chairman James L. Wainscott, chairman, president and CEO of AK Steel Corporation, during a ceremony held at AISI’s 117th General Meeting.

“During Chuck’s tenure as chairman, he successfully led the council in launching the industry’s New Steel Campaign and overseeing its successful three-year run,” Nancy Gravatt, vice president of communications, AISI, said. “He also led the group during AISI’s transition to a more public policy-focused mission, providing valuable direction in the development of key strategies and unifying messaging to lend greater impact to the domestic steel industry’s advocacy efforts."

As general manager, public affairs, Rice is responsible for the company’s internal and external communications functions including media relations, employee communications, Web site administration, executive presentation support and corporate image advertising.

Rice joined United States Steel Corporation in September 2004 after seven years with Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC, a petroleum refining and marketing joint venture formed when Marathon Oil Company and Ashland Inc. combined their downstream assets in 1998. Prior to joining Ashland in 1998, Rice held a variety of public relations positions at the University of Charleston in Charleston, W. Va.A native of Huntington, W. Va., Rice is a 1987 cum laude graduate of Marshall University’s W. Page Pitt School of Journalism.

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Nancy Gravatt
Vice President, Communications
American Iron and Steel Institute
Tel: 202.452.7115