GARY | A former general manager at Gary Works is retiring amid a shake-up of executive management at U.S. Steel.
Sharon Owen, a trailblazer who rose to a leadership position in a historically male-dominated industry, is retiring after a 37-year career with the Pittsburgh-based steelmaker. Owen spent about half her career at Gary Works, where she had served as the top manager of U.S. Steel's largest manufacturing complex, which also has finishing operations in East Chicago and Portage.
Owen, a graduate of Andrean High School in Merrillville, had been serving as vice president for supply chain and customer service for the company's North American Flat-Rolled Operations division. She left the Gary mill two years ago to take an executive position at U.S. Steel's corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh.
She held a variety of roles with the company, including in quality assurance, customer technical services, steel operations and automotive and tin product marketing and sales.
U.S. Steel does not plan to appoint anyone to replace her. Instead, the company will assign other executives with the responsibilities of logistics, business planning and customer service.
The steelmaker also named Larry T. Brockway senior vice president, chief risk officer and treasurer, and appointed John J. Quaid to the newly created role of vice president-Iron Ore. Quaid, who has been with the company since 2002, will oversee the company's mining operations, which are concentrated in Minnesota.
Brockway, who was already acting as the company's chief risk officer, had previously served as treasurer from 2004 to 2011. He will again assume the role of treasurer and take on additional responsibilities, including for the United States Steel and Carnegie Pension Fund.
Last month, U.S. Steel named retired IPSCO Inc. CEO David S. Sutherland to serve as an independent, non-executive chairman of the board of directors. He will replace former CEO John Surma, who is retiring from the board at the end of December.