Steelmaker of the Year Award Recipients

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2020Mr. John J. FerriolaRecognized for his leadership and strategic vision in growing Nucor Steel and maintaining its profitability in an economically challenging steel market. His contributions transcend Nucor as a voice for the entire industry, articulating to policymakers the problem of unfair trade, and advocating for the strengthening of U.S. trade laws and their enforcement.
2019Ms. Barbara R. SmithIn recognition of her leadership and strategic evolution of Commercial Metals Company. Through fostering a corporate culture of safety, community and customer service, investment in a second continuous process mini-mill in Oklahoma, introducing spooled rebar to the North American market, and maintaining high customer satisfaction and profitaiblity in the challenging long products market, Smith has positioned Commerical Metals Company as an industry leader.
2018Mr. Anand SenIn recognition of his visionary leadership and strategic planning, which is driving decisive changes within Tata Steel to achieve technological leadership, operational excellence and a culture of innovation. Mr. Sen has pioneered the regionalization of advanced automotive steel grades for the Indian automobile industry, has driven the Total Quality Management philosophy across industry sectors, and has evolved the application of branding concepts focused on de-commoditizing steel. His sincere commitment to advancing the AIST mission and vision has created value for our members throughout the world.
2017Mr. Roger K. NewportIn recognition of his strategic and dynamic leadership at AK Steel Corp., engaging and empowering employees to drive innovation, quality, safety, environmental stewardship, and productivity to meet the needs of its customers with outstanding products and processes - today and for the future. He is also a leader in the industry, fighting for steel manufacturing in America and serving as a voice for support and change in the domestic and global steel industry.
2016Mr. John J. FerriolaRecognized for his leadership and strategic vision in growing Nucor Steel and maintaining its profitability in an economically challenging steel market. His contributions go beyond Nucor as a voice for the entire industry, articulating to policymakers the problem of unfair trade that is plaguing the U.S. market and advocation for the strengthening of U.S. trade laws and their enforcement.
2015Mr. Mario LonghiRecognized as a transformative leader dedicated to the safety and well-being of every employee and affiliate of the company, and as a “champion of change” who drives performance through innovation, inspiration and human capability. Through his high-energy leadership of the enterprise-wide “Carnegie Way” transformation, he is committed to reinventing United States Steel Corporation and restoring its role as an icon of the global steel industry.
2014Mr. Mark D. MillettRecognized as a visionary, people-oriented leader whose entrepreneurial spirit and relentless work ethic have fostered significant technical, economic and cultural advances in the steel industry. His pioneering leadership style combined with his technological problem-solving approach have led to the achievement of evolutionary milestones in steel manufacturing — most notably in the fields of alternative iron production, thin-slab casting and as a co-founder of Steel Dynamics Inc.
2013Mr. Joon Yang ChungRecognized as a visionary for the global steel industry for his knowledge of steel operations, his dedication to 2013 safety, his awareness to secure raw materials, his enthusiasm to incorporate new technologies, his foresight to expand POSCO’s foreign presence, and his prudent strategy to promote mutual growth with steel-consuming industries. Mr. Chung exemplifies the remarkable spirit that is POSCO.
2012Mr. Andre B. Gerdau JohannpeterRecognized for his entrepreneurial spirit, visionary leadership, support of research, and steadfast commitment to improving the steel industry and the global supply of steel products.
2011Mr. Paolo RoccaRecognized for his dynamic and diverse leadership in the manufacturing of steel, most notably for the production of quality pipe and tube to support the world’s energy infrastructure. His outstanding legacy, guided by the spirit and inspiration of his father Roberto and his grandfather Agostino, personifies global awareness of social and economic responsibility, and highlights the important role of education in creating lasting value for the communities where steel is made.
2010Mr. Ratan N. TataIn recognition of the entrepreneurial spirit to lead the evolution of Tata Steel from India’s first integrated steel plant to a global leader in steel production. Through organic growth of various plants, including the modernization of the Jamshedpur Works to achieve 10 MTPA in 2011, and with the remarkable acquisition of Corus in 2007, Tata Steel has become one of the world’s most geographically diversified steel producers, with crude steel production capacity of 30 MTPA.
2009Mr. John J. FerriolaIn recognition for his contributions to the steel industry as demonstrated by his dedication and steadfast guidance of Nucor Corp.’s operations in today’s dynamic global market.
2008Mr. John H. GoodishFor his leadership in workplace safety, his commitment to world-class results and his diligence in managing the company’s successful acquisitions and business integrations. Furthermore, his relentless and untiring work ethic and constant drive to be the best have been instrumental in expanding the global business platform of the United States Steel Corporation.
2007Mr. Lakshmi N. MittalArcelor Mittal - Recognized for his evolutionary advancement of a sustainable business model for steel, and for his visionary leadership in strategic industry consolidation resulting in the merger of the world's two largest steelmakers to create Arcelor Mittal.
2006Mr. Daniel R. DiMiccoNucor Corp. - Recognized for his entrepreneurial spirit, distinguished leadership, and exceptional contributions to the steel industry as demonstrated by his steadfast guidance of Nucor Corporation through a period of significant growth and changing global dynamics, and for his enduring vision of future steelmaking opportunities.
2005Mr. Keith E. BusseSteel Dynamics Inc. - Recognized for his entrepreneurial spirit, distinguished leadership and exceptional contributions to the steel industry, as demonstrated by his pioneering efforts in the commercial implementation of thin-slab casting technology and in the innovative creation of Steel Dynamics Inc.
2004Mr. Rodney B. MottInternational Steel Group Inc. - Recognized for his dynamic leadership in the consolidation of various steel companies into a new entity, ISG. This consolidation is characterized by a new labor-management relationship, improved productivity, increased flexibility of operations, low cost and other dramatic changes to the traditional steel company culture.
2003Mr. Thomas J. UsherU.S. Steel Corp. - Recognized for his tireless dedication to the companies and people of the American steel industry, the United States Steel Corporation and the international steel community.
2001Mr. Marvin SeligCMC Steel Group
2000Mr. John T. MayberryDofasco Inc.