US Steel Corporation Chairman and CEO John P. Surma Named to Trade Advisory Committee; Three AISI Leaders Now Serve in Advisory Roles to the Obama Administration

Washington, D.C., 9/20/2010 – John P. Surma, United States Steel Corporation Chairman and CEO, and a past Chairman of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), has been appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN).  Appointed for two years, ACTPN members represent a broad range of key economic sectors and will provide guidance on trade policy issues affecting the nation. 

Two AISI leaders also serve in advisory posts to the United States Manufacturing Council, to which they were appointed by U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, to advise him on matters relating to manufacturing sector competitiveness and government polices and programs that impact U.S. manufacturers.   Nucor Corporation Chairman, President and CEO Daniel R. DiMicco, who also is the Chairman of AISI, and The Timken Company Chairman Ward J. “Tim” Timken, who is a former AISI Chairman, were both appointed to serve on the 24-member advisory council.

“Trade policy is an essential component that will shape our nation’s economic outlook, so we are pleased at John Surma’s appointment by the President to ACTPN,” Thomas J. Gibson, AISI President and CEO said.  “John’s business experience and understanding of trade policy’s impact on U.S. competitiveness will make him a valuable source of counsel to the committee.”

“It is also gratifying that Dan DiMicco and Tim Timken were appointed to and are serving on the U.S. Manufacturing Council,” Gibson said, “which indicates the Administration recognizes their valuable expertise toward advancing the competitiveness of America’s manufacturing sector.”   

Among other leadership posts, Surma is a member of the board of directors of the American Iron and Steel Institute and previously served as chairman and vice chairman of the organization. He serves as vice chairman of the board of directors of the World Steel Association and held the title of chairman from 2006 through 2007.    Mr. Surma is also a current member of both the National Petroleum Council and The Business Council.  He is also a member of the board of directors and executive committee of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and serves as the organization’s current chairman.

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Nancy Gravatt
Vice President, Communications
American Iron and Steel Institute
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