The Board of Directors of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) has elected Chuck Schmitt, president of SSAB Americas, to serve as chairman of the Institute until May 2016.

Chuck Schmitt, president of SSAB Americas, has been elected chairman of the American Iron & Steel Institute (AISI).

Described by AISI president and CEO Thomas J Gibson as a strong and passionate advocate for policies that will help move the steel industry forward, Mr Schmitt said, “While we’ve made measurable strides as an industry since the recession, we still have work to do.”

He said he was confident that the AISI would continue to strengthen the role of steel in the manufacturing sector and ensure that it remains the backbone of the American economy.

Other AISI appointments included Sean Donnelly, president and CEO of ArcelorMittal Dofasco, who was elected to the board of directors; and Mario Longhi, president and CEO of US Steel Corporation who was elected to the board of directors and appointed chairman of the Policy and Planning Committee.

Nalco Company’s global vice president (corporate accounts) was also elected to the board of directors alongside USS-POSCO Industries’ president, Yeoung Tae Yoo.