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President's Award Breakfast 

Wednesday, 30 June 2021 • 8–10:15 a.m. CDT

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Recognizing steel industry excellence, the President’s Award Breakfast program consists of the presentation of prestigious AIST Board of Directors Awards, including AIST’s Steelmaker of the Year, followed by a keynote presentation. Tickets for the President’s Award Breakfast can be purchased when you register for AISTech 2021. Single tickets are US$45 and a table of six (6) is US$240.

Keynote Presentation

“American Steel, the Environment and the Next Decade”

Lourenco Goncalves
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. 

Lourenco Goncalves has been chairman, president and chief executive officer of Cleveland-Cliffs since August 2014. He designed and led the company through a major strategic initiative transforming Cliffs into a leading player in the U.S. steel industry, starting with a complete financial turnaround, followed by growth initiatives in the metallics market and the entry into the steel business. In 2017, Cliffs started the construction in Toledo, Ohio, USA, of the world’s most modern direct reduction plant, which started operations in November 2020.

Goncalves led the acquisition of AK Steel in March 2020, followed by the acquisition of ArcelorMittal USA in December 2020. With these two major acquisitions, Cleveland-Cliffs is now the largest flat-rolled steel company and the largest iron ore pellet producer in the United States and in North America, holding an industry-leading market position in automotive steel. With the Toledo plant, Cleveland-Cliffs became the sole producer in the Great Lakes region of hot briquetted iron (HBI), an environmentally friendly metallic feedstock designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Prior to Cleveland-Cliffs, Goncalves served as chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Metals USA Holdings Corp., a leading American manufacturer and processor of steel and other metals, for more than 10 years. Prior to Metals USA, Goncalves served as president and chief executive officer of California Steel Industries Inc. for 5 years. Prior to that, he was employed by Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN), a major steel and mining company in Brazil, where he held several positions in operations and sales. From October 2011 to April 2014, Goncalves was a board member of Ascometal SAS, a manufacturer of special steel headquartered in Paris, France. Goncalves is an AIST Distinguished Member and Fellow and he currently serves on the board of the American Iron and Steel Institute. In 2019, he was the recipient of the Crain’s C-Suite CEO award for his contributions, community commitments and outstanding professional performance in Northeast Ohio. Goncalves earned a M.S. degree in metallurgical engineering from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering from the Military Institute of Engineering in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Past Keynote Speakers

2020

Leon Topalian

President and CEO, Nucor Corp."The Steel Industry in 2020 and Beyond"

2019

David Burritt

President and Chief Executive, United States Steel Corporation, "Steelmaking for the Next Generation"

2018

Roger K. Newport

Chief Executive Officer, AK Steel Corporation, "Providing Innovative and Sustainable Steel Solutions"

2017

David L. Stickler

Chief Executive Officer, Big River Steel, "Big River Steel: A Technology Company That Just Happens to Make Steel"

2016

Mario Longhi

President and Chief Executive Officer, United States Steel Corporation, "The Future of Steel"

2015

Lourenco Goncalves

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cliffs Natural Resources Inc., Cleveland, Ohio, USA, “Global Iron and Steel Outlook”

2014

Mark D. Millett

President and Chief Executive Officer, Steel Dynamics Inc., "Making Money in the Steel Industry is Not a Mystery"

2013

Richard J. Harshman

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Allegheny Technologies, Inc., "Specialty Metals: Creating Value Through Relentless Innovation in a Dynamic, Global Industry”

2012

Joseph Alvarado

President and Chief Executive Officer, Commercial Metals Company, “The Light at the End of the Tunnel”

2011

Frederick A. Henderson

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, SunCoke Energy Inc., “Observations Regarding Opportunities for Growth in the Steel Industry”

2010

John P. Surma

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, United States Steel Corporation, “Steel Trends 2010: What Would Father Hogan Say?”

2009

John J. Ferriola

Chief Operating Officer of Steelmaking Operations, Nucor Corp., “Back to the Future”

2008

Robert P. Souliere

President and Chief Executive Officer, ThyssenKrupp Steel USA LLC, “Balancing Global Trends With Regional Markets: ThyssenKrupp Steel’s Strategy for Growth”

2007

Keith E. Busse

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Steel Dynamics Inc., “Out of the Ashes: The 21st Century Transformation of the American Steel Industry”

2006

Guy Dollé

Chief Executive Officer, Arcelor SA, “Industry Consolidation: Value Versus Volume”

2005

Malay Mukherjee

Chief Operating Officer, Mittal Steel, “Steel in the 21st Century: Creating an Attractive and Sustainable Industry”

2004

Rodney B. Mott

President and Chief Executive Officer, International Steel Group Inc., “The Dynamics of Our Industry: Changes, Challenges and Commitments”