John P. Surma Elected Chairman of AISI

Vice Chairmen and three new directors approved at Board meeting

Washington, D.C. – The Board of Directors of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) elected U. S. Steel Chairman and CEO John P. Surma as the Chairman of AISI during the Institute’s November 10 Board of Directors meeting.  He succeeds Nucor Corporation Chairman and CEO Daniel R. DiMicco, who served as the Institute’s Chairman for the past 18 months.  Surma previously served as AISI Chairman from 2005 to 2006.

“We look forward to John’s leadership of the Institute at a time when our industry is advocating on a number of highly significant policy issues that impact the steel industry, “ Gibson commented.  “John brings to this role the skill and passion that will be necessary to advance the industry’s pro-manufacturing policy agenda, which includes minimizing burdensome regulations and taxes, investing in transportation and other infrastructure, aggressively enforcing existing trade laws and promoting the development of domestic energy with particular emphasis on our nation’s abundant shale natural resources.  John’s demonstrated commitment to domestic manufacturing and steelmaking will serve as a rallying force at a time when our industry needs it the most,” he said.

“We greatly appreciate Dan’s dedicated service to AISI and his help guiding us during a very challenging period,” Gibson said.  As AISI’s immediate past chairman, DiMicco will now serve as a Vice Chairman of the Institute.  Also elected AISI Vice Chairmen were:   Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. Chairman, President and CEO Joseph A. Carrabba and Ternium Mexico Vice President Regulo Salinas. 

Three new AISI Directors were approved at the meeting, including:  Guilherme Johannpeter, President, Gerdau Long Steel North America; Michael G. Rippey, President and CEO, ArcelorMittal USA; and Charles Schmitt, President, SSAB Americas.

John Surma was elected chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of United States Steel Corporation in February 2006.   Before that, he became vice chairman and chief financial officer of United States Steel Corporation on January 1, 2002.   He was named president in March 2003, and president and chief operating officer in June 2003.  

Prior to his current election as Chairman of AISI, Surma previously has served as chairman of AISI as well as vice chairman and as a member of the board of directors.  He is a member of the board of directors of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation and Marathon Petroleum Corporation. He was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations and currently serves as vice chairman. He serves as treasurer of the board of directors of the World Steel Association and previously held the titles of chairman and vice chairman. Mr. Surma also serves on the board of directors of the National Safety Council and is a current member of both the National Petroleum Council and The Business Council.

Additionally, he is 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; vice chairman of Penn State University’s Board of Trustees and a member of its Smeal College of Business’ Board of Visitors; and chairman of the board of directors for the Allegheny County (Pa.) Parks Foundation.   He graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.

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