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.