A ‘can-do’ guy with all the right (green) credentials

Aug 21, 2008 | 12:24 PM |

As climate change storms to the forefront of public consciousness, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) has tapped a Washington insider and former Bush Administration executive to lead the steel association through a time of change.

They chose Thomas J. Gibson, a man with a passion for manufacturing who intentionally took a career path toward the steel sector. "I admire AISI's work in the steel industry," he said. "AISI tells a remarkable story."

"No one has spent as much time on climate change as Tom. He brings years of experience in this realm to the steel sector," said Jack N. Gerard, president and chief executive officer of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), a Washington-based trade association where Gibson was senior vice president of advocacy. "Tom understands the issues here in Washington," he added. "He knows what he is talking about, which is the key to be successful in D.C."

"Our industry faces many important environmental and technical challenges, and he has the credentials and experience to help us meet them," said John P. Surma, chairman and chief executive officer of U.S. Steel Corp., Pittsburgh, and a member of AISI's board of directors. "I look forward to working with him to keep steel the material of choice."....

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