Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), will retire in the autumn of this year. A search for his successor will begin immediately.

Gibson has led AISI since September 2008. Under his leadership, the Institute successfully advocated for once-in-a-generation legislation to strengthen the trade laws against unfair trade practices and level the playing field for steel manufacturers, for successful passage of transportation and infrastructure bills to benefit the steel industry, and for a balanced approach to energy and environmental regulations that do not diminish manufacturing competitiveness and capitalise on the natural gas renaissance in the US.

Gibson commented, “It has been an honour every day to represent the dedicated companies that produce steel in the United States and North America, and to serve as an advocate for steel industry concerns in Washington and beyond. While I am looking forward to an active retirement, I will certainly miss the talented and dedicated team at AISI and look forward to hearing about AISI’s continued future innovations and successes on behalf of the industry.”

Prior to joining AISI, Gibson served as senior vice president of advocacy for the American Chemistry Council. Previously, he served as the senior vice president, government affairs for the Portland Cement Association, chief of staff for the US Environmental Protection Agency and majority deputy staff director to the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Prior to his civilian government service, he worked as an engineer and programme manager at the Raytheon Company, and served on active duty at sea as a Surface Warfare Officer in the US Navy.

“Tom effectively spearheaded AISI's advocacy efforts on critical policy issues through challenging times, starting with the financial crisis of 2008 and through the era of repeated import surges fueled by the global overcapacity crisis. His contributions brought AISI to the forefront of the debate on these issues and solidified the Institute’s role as a premier trade association. He will be missed, and we wish him all the best,” said AISI chairman of the board, Roger Newport of AK Steel, adding, “A search committee has already been appointed and we have retained Korn Ferry® to assist the committee in the search for a permanent successor.”