Paolo Rocca, Chairman and CEO, Techint Group was elected Chairman of the World Steel Association to serve for a year at the organisation’s annual meeting held this year in Beijing, China between 12-14 October.

As is custom, the former Chairman, Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman and CEO, ArcelorMittal will serve as one of two vice presidents, the other being Hajime Bada, President & CEO, JFE Steel Corporation. Tokyo will host the 2010 annual meeting.

John Surma, Chairman and CEO, United States Steel Corporation serves as treasurer. One additional Regular Member (steel companies producing more than 1.8Mt/y) was elected to the organisation, Sidenor SA and Cape Town Iron and Steel Works (CISCO) was elected an Associate Member (steel companies producing less than 1.8Mt/y).