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SMDI taps Hall to succeed Krupitzer

Keywords: Tags  Jody N. Hall, American Iron and Steel Institute, AISI, Steel Market Development Institute, SMDI, Ronald P. Krupitzer, automotive, Thomas J. Gibson Lawrence W. Kavanagh

NEW YORK — Jody N. Hall has been tapped to succeed Ronald P. Krupitzer as the Steel Market Development Institute’s (SMDI’s) vice president of the automotive market following Krupitzer’s retirement at year-end.

Hall was previously technical integration engineer at General Motors Co.’s global body manufacturing engineering center in Warren, Mich.

SMDI is a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI).

"Our auto market division is aggressive and fast-paced, and we are pioneering technological advances in auto steel," AISI president and chief executive officer Thomas J. Gibson said in the statement Aug. 4. "Dr. Hall will be an outstanding leader as we meet the challenges of competing materials head on. We look forward to her breadth of knowledge and expertise in driving this critical market division."

Aluminum has been making inroads into what has traditionally been steel end markets in automotive, with Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford Motor Co. announcing earlier this year that it was switching its Ford F-150 pickup truck to an aluminum body (, Jan. 13).

Krupitzer joined the SMDI from Auburn Hill, Mich.-based Chrysler Group LLC in 2001 (, Dec. 4, 2001).

"We are very excited to have Dr. Hall join us after a distinguished 30-year career at General Motors. Jody brings the experience, innovation and enthusiasm to our team that will carry on the successes established during Ron’s distinguished tenure," SMDI president Lawrence W. Kavanagh said in the statement.

Hall has held roles on the GM global sheet metal specialists team, the auto/steel partnership, the galvanizing autobody partnership, and the advanced steel processing and products research center at the Colorado School of Mines, SMDI said.

While at GM, Hall evaluated innovative auto technologies including new sheet steel grades and manufacturing processes, developed business cases and action plans for deployment of key new technologies, and led global project implementations, according to the SMDI.

"I’m looking forward to leading SMDI’s automotive team and to the many opportunities and challenges the industry presents," Hall said. "It’s an exciting time to work in automotive materials and help define the path for automakers to achieve their fuel-economy targets with steel."

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