Steel Group Elects New Leaders

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) has elected John P. Surma Jr., president and CEO of United States Steel Corp., to a one-year term as AISI chairman. In this role, he will lead the Institute's pro-manufacturing, pro-North American steel agenda. Surma succeeds David S. Sutherland, president and CEO, IPSCO Inc., who served as AISI chairman throughout 2004 and will serve as an AISI vice chairman in 2005.

The Board has also elected to one-year terms as vice chairmen of the Institute the following: Donald A. Pether, president and CEO, Dofasco Inc.; and Guillermo F. Vogel, H., vice chairman of the Board, Tubos de Acero de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. Surma said that as the industry continues to consolidate, restructure, maximize productivity and reduce costs, "AISI will support improved and sustained profitability, which is critical to the transformation we are experiencing. That will include developing initiatives to sustain and expand new markets for steel, investing in collaborative research and development to optimize processes and educating opinion leaders on the superior performance that steel products provide."

American Iron and Steel Institute

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