AISTech 2007 Town Hall Forum
Tuesday, May 8 • 8:30–11:30 a.m.
Once again, a panel of leading industry executives will gather at AISTech 2007 to participate in a moderated panel discussion for an extensive dialogue of global steel industry issues, concerns and opportunities. This exchange will include an open discussion intended to stimulate ideas and debate. The Town Hall Forum will explore numerous topics necessary for the creation of a sustainable steel industry, including:
- Moderating the economic cycles: Are we getting smarter?
- Mega-merger consolidation trends: How big is too big?
- Raw materials How do we balance cost, quality and supply?
- Transportation: Is the system improving?
- Fossil fuels vs. renewable energy: Are we advancing fast enough?
- Research and development: who’s doing it?
- Cultivating the next generation: How do we attract the best talent?
- Environmental stewardship: Are we doing the right thing?
- What does the steel future look like today?
The Town Hall Forum will be held in the Sagamore Ballroom of the Indiana Convention Center. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to submit questions to the panelists. Please note: The Town Hall Forum is open to all full paid registrants and to those who have purchased one-day registration for Tuesday, May 8.
Town Hall Forum Panelists
Alain F. Bouruet-Aubertot, Senior Vice President, Minerals Technologies Inc. (MTI), and President and General Manager, Minteq International
Alain F. Bouruet-Aubertot is senior vice president of New York City–based Minerals Technologies Inc. (MTI) and president and general manager of Minteq, a wholly owned subsidiary of MTI. Minteq is a leading global supplier of monolithic refractories, refractory measurement and application systems and services. Prior to joining Minerals Technologies Inc. in 2002, Bouruet-Aubertot joined Rhone Poulence S.A., Chemical Div., in 1993 as purchasing manager and held various positions of increasing responsibility, including process development manager, product development manager, manager — strategic planning, vice president — manufacturing and business director. He left in 1994 to join Lafarge S.A. as senior vice president — strategy and development. Bouruet-Aubertot was promoted to president — Gypsum Div. and corporate senior vice president of Lafarge North America in 1996 and remained in that role until 2002. Bouruet-Aubertot is a 1980 graduate of Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Paris (ENSCP), Paris, France, with a degree in chemical engineering. In 1982, he graduated from Ecole Nationale Superieure du Petrole et des Moteurs (ENSPM), Paris, France, with a graduate degree in petroleum economics. He also graduated from the Harvard Business School, Executive Program on emerging markets in Asia in 1995.
Larry T. Brockway, Vice President and Treasurer, United States Steel Corp.
Larry T. Brockway graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1982 with a bachelor of science degree in accounting. He began his career with Marathon Oil Corp. in 1981 as an accounting intern in the Findlay, Ohio, office. He continued with the company following the 1982 acquisition by United States Steel Corp., and progressed through a number of increasingly responsible positions in Marathon’s finance and accounting organization, both in Findlay and Houston. In 1997, Brockway transferred to Pittsburgh to serve as manager — structured finance for USX Corp. He was named director of corporate finance in 2000 and director of strategic planning in 2001. Following the Dec. 31, 2001, spinoff of U. S. Steel from USX Corp., which became Marathon Oil Corp., Brockway was named assistant treasurer of corporate finance for United States Steel Corp. He remained in that position until October 2004, when he was promoted to vice president and treasurer of U. S. Steel.
Leonard H. Chuderewicz, Executive Vice President — Operations, Mittal Steel USA
Leonard H. Chuderewicz has been Mittal Steel USA’s executive vice president — operations since September 2006. Chuderewicz, 58, joined Ispat Inland Inc. in February 2004 as executive vice president — operations. When Mittal Steel Co. was formed and merged its Ispat Inland operations with those of the newly acquired International Steel Group (ISG) in 2005, he was named vice president and general manager in charge Mittal Steel USA – Indiana Harbor. In this position, he was responsible for the successful integration of the Ispat Inland and ISG plants in East Chicago, Ind., into the largest steelmaking plant in North America. Chuderewicz had been a career employee of U. S. Steel Corp., with 32 years of service in a variety of management assignments, before taking a retirement in 2003. Among his positions at U. S. Steel were general manager of Gary (Ind.) Works; president of USS/Kobe Steel Co., a joint-venture manufacturer of bar products; president of USS-POSCO Industries, a cold rolling and coating joint venture; and president of Double Eagle Steel Coating Co. He began his career as a turn foreman in the rolling operations at Mon Valley Works, and advanced through increasingly responsible positions there. Chuderewicz holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and an M.B.A. from Duquesne University.
Giffin F. Daughtridge, Vice President and General Manager, Nucor Steel–Hertford County
Giff Daughtridge graduated from Lafayette College, Easton, Pa., in 1981 with a B.S. degree in metallurgical engineering. Upon graduation, he joined Lukens Steel as a melt/cast metallurgist. In 1982 he began working for Phoenix Steel as a melting supervisor, and in 1983 he left for Nucor Corp. From 1983 until 1992, Daughtridge worked at Nucor Steel–South Carolina (Darlington). During that time, he progressed through increasingly responsible positions: plant metallurgist and lab supervisor, chief metallurgist, and cold finish operations manager. In 1992 he transferred to Nucor Steel–Utah as melting/casting manager for that plant. Then, in 1995 he joined Nucor Steel–Indiana in the same capacity. In January 1999, Daughtridge was promoted to his current position of vice president and general manager at Nucor Steel–Hertford County. Daughtridge is a member of various boards of directors for many organizations in his community, including the Hertford County Educational Foundation and Partners for Hertford County Public Schools.
Mark Millett, Executive Vice President of SDI
President and Chief Operating Officer for Flat Rolled Steels and Ferrous Resources
Mark Millett is vice president and general manager of Steel Dynamics’ Flat Roll Division in Butler, Ind., and is a director of the company. He manages the company’s 2.5-million-tons-per-year flat roll business, including the hot mill, cold mill and coating facilities. He also serves as vice president of Iron Dynamics Inc. (IDI), a wholly owned subsidiary of SDI. He is one of the three cofounders of the company. Millett earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in metallurgy from the University of Surrey, England. He served as the chief metallurgist for Nucor Corp.’s Darlington, S.C., division from 1981 to 1985. He was then charged with developing the world’s first commercially viable thin-slab casting process as the manager of that project at Nucor’s Hazelett facility. The process began to produce a commercially acceptable product in 1987. In 1987 Nucor entered into an agreement with SMS to build the world’s first thin-slab minimill producing flat rolled steel in Crawfordsville, Ind. Millett’s responsibilities there included the design, construction, staffing and operation of the melting and casting facility. Millett left Nucor in 1993 to cofound SDI with colleagues Keith Busse and Richard Teets.
Joseph Russo, Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, IPSCO Inc.
Joseph Russo joined IPSCO Inc. in 1983 as meltshop superintendent. In 1988 he was appointed vice president and general manager — flat rolled products. He also became a company officer in 1988 and has held a variety of senior officer roles, having been senior vice president and chief technical officer since 2000. During his tenure as vice president and general manager — U. S. steel mill products, Russo managed all phases of start-up of IPSCO’s Montpelier, Iowa, steel works, as well as the establishment of IPSCO’s steel mill in Mobile, Ala. These responsibilities included organization structure, staffing, contract negotiation, and launching sales and business plans. In his current role, Russo is responsible for the management, direction and administration of IPSCO welded tubular facilities located across the United States and Canada, as well as sales of tubular products in the United States. Additionally, Russo is responsible for IPSCO’s research and development programs, patent and technical intellectual property protection, tech services and quality assurance for all IPSCO steel and tubular facilities, the continuous improvement program including IPSCO’s highly successful Six Sigma initiative, and IPSCO’s safety and environmental programs. Russo holds a bachelor of science degree in metallurgical engineering from Grove City College and an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining IPSCO, Russo held steel manufacturing positions with New Jersey Steel and Crucible Alloy & Stainless.
Michael Wagner, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, SeverCorr LLC
Michael Wagner began his steel career with Bethlehem Steel in their 1984 management training program. He served in a number of sales capacities before joining the start-up of Nucor-Yamato Steel in 1988 as a regional sales representative. Wagner was soon promoted by Nucor to sales manager at its first flat rolled minimill in Crawfordsville, Ind., where he led the growth of the thin slab cast product into traditional integrated mill applications. Active in various industry associations, Wagner was instrumental as co-chairman of the Steel Alliance that focused on public awareness of steel’s advantages. He joined Birmingham Steel Corp. in 2000 as vice president — sales and marketing and eventually became the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. As executive vice president and chief commercial officer for SeverCorr LLC, he is part of a team of industry experts constructing the next-generation steel mill in Columbus, Miss.
AISTech 2007 Town Hall Forum Chair and Moderator
George J. Koenig, President, Berry Metal Co., Town Hall Forum Chair
Koenig serves as president of Berry Metal Co. and as a trustee of the AIST Foundation. He has participated on numerous committees for AIST, including serving as Session Chair for the Town Hall Forum at AISTech since 2004. Koenig earned a B.S. degree in business management and marketing from Drexel University and an associate’s degree in metallurgy from Pennsylvania State University.
John D. Callaway, Moderator
John Callaway is observing his 50th year in broadcast journalism in 2007. A native of West Virginia, Callaway began his broadcast reporting with CBS in Chicago in 1957, and went on to spend l7 years with CBS in both Chicago and New York as reporter, documentary producer, interviewer and news executive. For the past 33 years, he has been associated with WTTW, Public Television in Chicago, where he was the original host of the “Chicago Tonight” news analysis and interview program. Currently he is the host of WTTW’s “Friday Night” interview series, and host and senior editor of WTTW’s historical documentary series, “Chicago Stories.” His work has been honored with more than 100 awards, including l7 Emmys and the Peabody Award. He has been the recipient of nine honorary doctorate degrees. He was the founding director of the William Benton Broadcast Program in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Chicago. He is the author of the book of essays, “TheThing of It Is” and co-author/editor of two other books. He also has written and starred in two acclaimed one-man shows at Pegasus Players in Chicago. This is Callaway’s fourth time as moderator of the AIST Town Hall Forum.