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Two Senior Leaders at SSAB to Retire

11/6/2018 - Two SSAB Americas senior executives have announced that they’ll retire this winter, concluding steel industry careers that span decades. 

In an announcement, SSAB said Steve Hansen, vice president and chief technical officer, will step down on 1 March 2019, and Paul Wilson, senior operations adviser and former vice president of operations, will retire on 1 February 2019. 

Both are AIST members and have more than 35 years of SSAB experience between them. 

“I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of working alongside both Steve and Paul for more than three decades combined. Their careers exemplify dedication, professionalism and leadership in the steel industry and at SSAB,” said SSAB Americas president Chuck Schmitt. 

“Their experience and knowledge are unmatched and their many contributions to SSAB will be missed. I wish them both a long, healthy and enjoyable retirement,” he added. 

Hansen began his tenure with IPSCO/SSAB in 2003 as director of technical services for U.S. steel operations. In 2004, he was promoted to corporate director of technical services, overseeing all of the company’s steel and tubular technical activities. He moved into his current role in 2007. 

Hansen served as the AIST Foundation president from 2015 to` 2017. 

Wilson began his career with IPSCO/SSAB in 1998, when he was hired as general manager of SSAB’s operations in Mobile, Ala. In 2008, he was promoted to vice president of operations under then-president David Britten. 

Between 2010 and 2011, he worked in Sweden as the senior vice president of SSAB’s European operations. He returned to the U.S. as vice president of operations in 2011 and served in that role until October 2017, when he moved into his current role as senior adviser.