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Severstal NA makes further exec changes

Keywords: Tags  steel, Severstal North America, Gerrit Reepmeyer, Mikhail Zhavoronkov, Saikat Dey, Dennis Johnson, management changes, Sergei Kuznetsov Olga Petrova

NEW YORK — Severstal North America LLC has made additional changes to its senior leadership team, the company said Sept. 27.

Gerrit Reepmeyer has been named vice president of procurement, a position formerly held by newly appointed chief executive officer Saikat Dey. Reepmeyer joined the Dearborn, Mich.-based steelmaker in April as director of energy and utilities, having previously worked at German energy provider E.ON SE.

Mikhail Zhavoronkov has been appointed vice president of corporate planning, pricing and logistics, succeeding Michael Bohn. Zhavoronkov joined Russian parent company OAO Severstal in 2000, where he worked on strategy and business development, and was most recently in the finance department at Severstal NA.

Dennis Johnson has been named vice president of quality, advanced engineering and continuous improvement, succeeding Christopher Kristock, who is retiring after 29 years. Johnson joined Severstal NA in January 2012 to drive the company’s continuous improvement initiatives, having previously worked at New York-based consultancy McKinsey & Co. Inc.

Severstal NA has seen a major overhaul of its executive team in the past month, including the departure of then-chief executive officer Sergei Kuznetsov (, Sept. 3), along with the appointment of Olga Petrova as the new chief financial officer (, Sept. 16) and Sachin Shivaram as the new vice president of commercial (, Sept. 24).

Shivaram told AMM in a recent interview that the management changes will not affect the company’s commercial strategy (, Sept. 25).

Earlier this year, the steel producer also saw the departure of its Dearborn operations’ vice president and general manager, its chief financial officer and the vice president and general manager of its Columbus, Miss., operations (, May 20).

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