Goncalves recalls 32-year steel career

Apr 17, 2013 | 02:06 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  Lourenco Goncalves, Metals USA, CSN, CSI, Apollo Global Management, Reliance Steel & Aluminum, steel industry, capacity consumption

CHICAGO — Lourenco Goncalves’ retirement from the steel sector brings to an end a career that spanned more than three decades and multiple continents, and witnessed numerous changes in an evolving metals industry.

Goncalves, who exited his post as chairman, president and chief executive officer of Metals USA Holdings Corp. after its April 12 purchase by Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co., worked in the steel sector for 32 years, including 15 years as a chief executive, and is satisfied with what he achieved over the course his career, he told AMM in an interview.

Goncalves’ career began in Brazil when he joined Cia Siderurgica Nacional (CSN) right out of college in 1981, starting in the basic oxygen furnace shop and gradually moving downstream through continuous casting, hot rolling, cold rolling and coating. He was then given an additional role managing sales as well as production, a promotion he attributed to his characteristic outspokenness. "I was critical of the way my company sold steel," he said. "I got the job because I kept complaining."....

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