An ArcelorMittal USA executive has been elected chairman of the steel industry's largest and oldest trade organization.
ArcelorMittal USA president and CEO Mike Rippey will serve as chairman of the American Iron and Steel Institute, which dates back to ironmasters smelting pig iron in the 1850s and counts city of Gary namesake Judge Elbert H. Gary as its first chief executive. The association represents 22 member companies and about 125 associate members, who are either suppliers to or customers of the steel industry.
At a convention in Scottsdale, Ariz., the institute's board of directors appointed Rippey to serve as chairman through May 2015.
"Mike's been a strong leader in our industry and we're honored to have him serve as our chairman for the next year," said Thomas J. Gibson, AISI president and CEO. "His work to advance comprehensive and well-funded infrastructure policy, promote effective energy policy and champion steel against competing materials, has been vital to ensuring that steel remains the backbone of America."
Rippey, an Indiana University graduate, joined predecessor company Ispat Inland in 1998. He served as commercial executive vice president and chief financial officer, before becoming Mittal Steel USA's executive vice president of sales and marketing in 2005. He became president and chief executive officer of Mittal Steel USA in 2006, when it merged with the western European steelmaker Arcelor.
As the American Iron and Steel Institute chairman, he will lead industry efforts to advocate for pro-manufacturing policies aimed at making the North American steel industry more globally competitive. The institute lobbies for public policies that favor domestic steelmakers, and also develops new applications for steel and touts steel as the preferred material of choice in the marketplace.
"I'm proud to be helping lead the top-notch advocacy and market development activities at AISI," said Rippey. "The institute's successes will continue to help steel remain competitive and highlight our issues to decision-makers and customers. I look forward to continuing to roll up my sleeves and get out there to promote our industry and our messages."