Just over a year and a half into his tenure as president of the Steel Manufacturers Association, Phil Bell is not only hitting on all cylinders as he advances the cause of “21st century steelmakers,” but having fun doing it.
When the anticipated hundreds of leaders from all corners of the steel industry gather in New York this month for the Steel Success Strategies (SSS) Conference, it will mark the 30th time that the sector’s movers and shakers have come together at the annual event cosponsored by AMM and World Steel Dynamics.
A self-proclaimed ‘finance guy’ turned aluminum extrusions top executive, Patrick Lawlor has spent just shy of two decades working for the biggest names in the industry. Over that seasoned career, the president of Sapa Extrusions Americas has never been more bullish. Three guesses why.
Fresh from spearheading one of the more remarkable turnarounds in modern steelmaking history, the former top executive of Severstal North America has co-authored a tell-all guide sharing the real-world strategies behind the transformation.
It took two years for high-powered activist investors to
split up an industrial powerhouse founded 115 years
ago by Henry Timken. Today, the great-great-grandson
of the entrepreneurial carriage maker is passionately
committed to keeping TimkenSteel independent by fully
exploiting just how ‘different’ the big SBQ producer is.
Under Klaus Kleinfeld’s leadership, Alcoa has significantly boosted its share in growth markets like aerospace and automotive, using technology to develop next-generation alloys, and simultaneously opted to cut costs, sell capacity and curtail high-cost production lines.