NEW YORK Philip K. Bell, the director of external
communications and public affairs at Gerdau Long Steel North
America, will become president of Washington-based trade group
Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA) effective Nov. 1.
Phil brings an extensive background of public affairs,
corporate communications, leadership and managerial experience
in the steel industry, John Ferriola, chairman of SMA and
president and chief executive officer of Charlotte, N.C.-based
Nucor Corp., said in a statement. He is equipped to lead
a strong, member-focused SMA into the future.
Bell, who was elected Oct. 2 during an SMA board of directors
meeting in Charlotte, joined Tampa, Fla.-based Gerdau in 2004
as its director of human resources. He assumed his current
position in 2009. Prior to Gerdau, Bell worked in a number of
senior level operations, public affairs, communications,
administration and human resources roles at Wiesbaden,
Germany-based SGL Carbon, Qualitech Steel SBQ LLC and Castle
Hayne, N.C.-based Elementis Chromium LP.
Earlier this year, SMA announced that Thomas Danjczek, who has
been president of the SMA since 1998, will retire by year-end,
although he will retain an advisory role. Prior to his tenure
at the SMA, Danjczek spent 30 years in the steel industry,
serving in maintenance, operations and management positions at
a number of companies, including Bethlehem Steel Corp., Kaiser
Steel Corp. and Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp. (
amm.com, Feb. 1
SMA is a trade group that consists of 34 North American steel
producers that account for more than 75 percent of domestic
steel production, focused primarily on electric-arc furnace
steel producers, according to its website. SMAs advocacy
work includes encouraging critical policy in areas such as
trade, environment, safety, energy and infrastructure.