The American Iron and Steel Institute, the trade association and lobbying group that bills itself as the voice of the American steel industry, has a new leader after Thomas Gibson retired.
Interim President and CEO Kevin Dempsey is taking the reins as Gibson's successor. He previously served as AISI's senior vice president for public policy and general counsel at the Washington D.C.-based American Iron and Steel Institute since 2009.
“Kevin Dempsey has been a driving force for the steel industry’s advocacy on our key priorities for many years. At a time when we are challenged not only by the global pandemic but by unfair trade practices and massive global steel overcapacity, the AISI member companies have the utmost confidence in Kevin’s leadership and expertise,” said John Brett, chairman of AISI and president and CEO of ArcelorMittal USA.
Dempsey, who has served as interim president and CEO since June, previously worked as a partner at the global law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf. He also worked as counsel to former Sen. John C. Danforth of Missouri.
“I am honored and privileged at this opportunity to continue serving the American steel industry," Dempsey said. "The industry is a cornerstone of our economy, the backbone of America’s manufacturing sector, critical to our national security and the cleanest and most energy efficient of the leading steel producing industries in the world. I look forward to working with our member companies and partners to continue this momentum."