The World Steel Association (worldsteel) has appointed Edwin Basson as Director General.

He will succeed Ian Christmas on 1 August 2011. Mr Basson, 50, is currently Vice President, Commercial Co-ordination, Marketing and Trade Policy, ArcelorMittal.

He was born in South Africa and received his PhD in economics from Pretoria University. He joined the steel industry in 1994 as Chief Economist at Iscor Ltd.

By 1996 he had become a General Manager for the company, looking after coated steel products, and then later flat steel products. He joined Mittal Steel (now ArcelorMittal) in 2004.