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U.S. Steel names Chief Human Resources Officer

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U.S. Steel has promoted Barry Melnkovic to senior vice president and chief human resources officer.

Melnkovic has been "working to enhance the relationship between the company and the labor unions representing a significant portion of its employee population," the steelmaker said in a news release. He assumed the position on March 1.

“Barry’s experience, enthusiasm, and counsel have been invaluable to me and to our company since his arrival at U. S. Steel last year," U.S. Steel President and Chief Executive Officer David Burritt said. "Under his leadership, our Human Resources team has developed a comprehensive, sustainable strategy to help our company invest in our employees, just as we do our operating facilities, ensuring our team members have the skills, capabilities, and supportive, inclusive culture necessary to deliver our strategic business objectives.”

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Melnkovic previously served as executive vice president and chief human capital officer for Labor Relations, Diversity and Lean Enterprise Solutions for Amtrak, where was was named 2016 HR Executive of the Year by Human Resource Executive magazine.

He went to work for U.S. Steel last May, where he's been leading the "Pivot to the People" campaign, efforts to create a high-performance culture and a review of the steelmaker's diversity and inclusion policies.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.