July 14, 2008

Steel Group Gets New Leader

By The Times, Munster, Ind.

Jul. 11--The American Iron and Steel Institute has selected Thomas J. Gibson president and chief executive officer, replacing a retiring, 15-year leader.

Currently senior vice president of advocacy for the American Chemistry Council, Gibson will take the helm of the AISI from Andrew Sharkey III on Sept. 1. Gibson formerly served as chief of staff to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrators Christine Todd Whitman and Michael Leavitt, and with the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

"Tom brings an impressive record of achievement in government service and industry advocacy that will equip him to lead a strong, policy-focused AISI going forward," said Keith E. Busse, chairman of the AISI board of directors and chairman and CEO of Steel Dynamics Inc.

"With his leadership experience at ACC and as the top government affairs officer for the Portland Cement Association, Tom will effectively spearhead AISI's advocacy efforts on critical policy issues, such as access to affordable energy, climate change, trade and pro-manufacturing policies," Busse said.

Gibson said he is proud to be joining the institute and building on Sharkey's accomplishments.

"The North American steel industry has a tremendous record of innovation and achievement," he said in a written statement. "I look forward to bringing that story to decision-makers at all levels of government as we advance our advocacy agenda."

AISI is a Washington D.C.-based trade group representing North American steel producers.


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