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Our agenda will cover the key challenges for the global steel industry, examining the priorities for steel giants and other industry-leading experts. Throughout the conference we will be exploring the challenges across the steel supply chain, closely examining the impact of Covid-19 on this market and what the outlook is for 2021, providing crucial insight for you to best position your business during these uncertain times.

Keynote Sessions

Make sure to tune into our keynote sessions which will be taking place throughout the event, during which CEO's from leading firms will share their insight and expertise.

Confirmed keynote speakers so far include:

  • Jeong-Woo Choi, CEO, POSCO 
  • Lourenco Goncalves, CEO, Cleveland Cliffs
  • Sanjeev Gupta, Executive Chairman, Liberty
  • Mark Millet, CEO, Steel Dynamics
  • T.V. Narendran, Global CEO and Managing Director, Tata Steel
  • Leon Topalian,CEO,  Nucor

Monday, October 26 - Timezone: Eastern Time (ET)

7:30am: Welcome Address
Raju Daswani, CEO, Fastmarkets 


7:40am:  Keynote Presentation
Peter F. Marcus, Managing Partner and Philipp G. Englin, CEO, World Steel Dynamics
Including Chinese Steel Insights from Wu Wenzhang, Chairman & President, Shanghai SteelHome

8:10am: Keynote Presentation
T.V. Narendran, Global CEO and Managing Director, Tata Steel

8:50am: European Steel Panel
Moderator: Maria Tanatar, Europe Steel Reporter, Fastmarkets 
Antonio Marcegaglia, Chairman and CEO, Marcegaglia 
Yuriy Ryzhenkov, Chief Executive Officer, Metinvest
Ugur Dalbeler, CEO, Colakoglu
Benedikt Zeumer, Partner, McKinsey & Company
10:10am: Break
10:30am: Executive Presentation
C. Lourenco Goncalves, Chairman, President and CEO, Cleveland Cliffs 

11:10am: Steel Innovation Panel: Energizing the EV/AV Markets
Analysts expect that 2020 will be a significant year in the evolution of the Electric-Vehicle and Autonomous-Vehicle market, with more than a dozen new makes and models hitting showroom floors. Although improved batteries and longer ranges are undoubtedly helping to drive this growth, so, too, is steel. The panel will explore how sophisticated new grades are making electric vehicles, lighter, safer and more energy efficient.

Moderator:  Ron Ashburn, Executive Director, Association for Iron and Steel Technology

Peter LeBlanc, CMO North America & VP of Automotive Sales, ArcelorMittal
Dean Kanelos, Market Development and Product Applications Manager, Nucor
Bernhard Hoffmann, VP Engineering Global Product Development, U.S. Steel
John Catterall, Vice President AISI Automotive Program, AISI Automotive 

Dan Gordon, GM Carbon Sales & Customer Service, AK Steel 

12:30pm: Break

12:45pm: Executive Presentation
Leon Topalian, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nucor 


1:25pm: Exchanges Panel:

Moderator: Grace Asenov, North American Steel Editor, Fastmarkets 
Feng Xiazong, Senior Manager of Commodity Department, Shanghai Futures Exchange
Alex Shaw, Head of Product Development and Research, London Metal Exchange
Ian Caton, Manager of Metals Products, CME Group


2.05pm: Leveraging Risk Management Tools and Decision Science to Drive Value in Operations, Finance, Sales and Corporate Strategy

Moderator: Grace Asenov, North American Steel Editor, Fastmarkets 
Drew Lichter, VP: Strategy and Corporate Development, Mobius Risk Group
Spencer Johnson, StoneX Group Inc.
Lewis J. Hart, Managing Director, Brown Brothers Harriman
Ganesh Natarajan, Managing Director - Europe, Enuit LLC

Alberto Xodo, VP Sales, London Metal Exchange
Ian Caton, Manager of Metals Products, CME Group

3:20pm - End of Day One of Steel Success Strategies 2020 

    Tuesday, October 27 Timezone: Eastern Time (ET)

    8.05am: Keynote Presentation
    Jeong-Woo Choi, CEO, POSCO


    8:30am: USA & Canada Panel 

    Moderator: Philip Bell, President, Steel Manufacturers Association
    Pat Finan, Chief Executive Hot Rolled Products North America, NorthStarBlueScope USA
    Alan Kestenbaum, Executive Chairman and CEO, STELCO
    Theresa Wagler, Chief Financial Officer, Steel Dynamics Inc.
    Jeffrey Lorch, Partner, McKinsey & Company
    9:40am: Break 

    10:00am: Keynote Presentation
    Sanjeev Gupta, Executive Chairman, GFG Alliance


    10:40am: Steel Processors and Service Providers Panel 

    Moderator: Michael Cowden, Senior Price Reporter, Fastmarkets
    Barry Zekelman, CEO, Zekelman Industries
    Alex Ulanov, Partner, McKinsey & Company
    Edward Lehner President & Chief Executive Officer, Ryerson Holdings
    Todd Leebow, CEO & President, Majestic Steel 


    11.40am: Break


    12:00pm Technology Panel: Leveraging Advantage from Digital Technology Part 1
    Moderator: Richard BarrettEditor, Fastmarkets: Metal Market Magazine
    Stefan Koch, Lead, Metals Industry, SAP
    Berk Birand, CEO, Fero Labs
    Martin Provencher, Industry Principal, Mining, Metals and Materials, OSIsoft
    Tony Klippel, Melt Shop Technology Manager, Gerdau Long Steel North America
    1:00pm Technology Panel: Leveraging Advantage from Digital Technology Part 2
    Moderator: Richard BarrettEditor, Fastmarkets: Metal Market Magazine
    Guillaume Mehlman, President: Steel and Glass, Fives Group
    Stephen Pratt, CEO and Founder,
    Katja Windt, CDO and member of the management board, SMS group
    Harald Henning, Director, PSI Metals North America


    2:00pm: Financial Dynamics Panel 

    Moderator: Philipp Englin, CEO, World Steel Dynamics
    Ira J. Kreft, National Industry Executive, Bank of America
    Vince Pappalardo, Managing Partner, Brown Gibbons Lang & Company
    Andrew Pappas, Managing Director, BMO Harris Bank
    Fredrik Weissenrieder, President, Weissenrieder & Co AB 


    3.10pm: Steel Logistics Tips for Success: Avoiding Rust in a Challenging Market 
    Jacque Morrow, Vice President; National Account Solutions, PLS Logisitcal Services 

    4.00pm End of Day Two of Steel Success Strategies 2020 

    Wednesday, October 28 Timezone: Eastern Time (ET)

    7:45am: Asian Steel Panel 

    Moderator: Paul Lim, Asia Steel and Raw Materials Editor, Fastmarkets
    Vinay Shroff, Executive Vice President- Sales and Marketing, JSW Steel
    Li Xinchuang, Managing Director, China Metallurgical Industry Planning & Research
    Kazuo Mike Fujisawa, Principal, JFE Steel Corporation
    Hee Seog Yang, Vice President- Marketing Business Department, Hyundai Steel  

    9.00am: Keynote Presentation
    Mark Millett, President and CEO, Steel Dynamics Inc.

    9.40am Break

    10:00am: Steel Industry 2050 Panel
    Veteran steel industry experts will debate their vision of how the steel industry will evolve in the coming years. Key questions considered: 

    • How will climate change initiatives impact the industry?
    • What factors will drive or diminish future steel demand?
    • What technologies and initiatives will reshape the global industry?
    • Will the industry be under significant threat from alternative materials?

    Moderator: John Lichtenstein, Principal, Crucible Consulting
    Rod Beddows, Senior Adviser and Co-Founder, HCF International Advisers
    Marcel Genet, Founder, Laplace Counseil
    Peter Marcus, Managing Partner, World Steel Dynamics


    11:00am: Executive Interview with Gerdau

    Kim Leppold, Principal Analyst, Fastmarkets

    Harley Scardoelli, Global CFO, Gerdau

    11:20am Break 


    11:40am Global Sustainability Panel 

    Sustainability executives from the world's prominent steelmaking companies will gather to discuss efforts to reduce carbon emissions in the decades ahead. Key areas of focus will include:

    • New technologies and methodologies to reduce carbon footprints
    • Managing local government climate policies in a global industry
    • Economic impact of carbon initiatives 

    Moderator:  Edwin Basson, Director General, World Steel Association

    Alan Knight, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development, ArcelorMittal
    Martin Pei, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, SSAB 
    Ian Cameron, Principal Metallurgist - Ferrous, Hatch 


    1:00pm: Technology Panel 

    Plant Designs Panel: The Path to Climate Neutral Steel Production

    Europe’s integrated steelmakers have launched a number of initiatives to reduce carbon emissions, in line with the European Union’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. In the U.S., a predominately EAF-based industry is already ahead of the curve, but further reductions are possible. The panel will look at the processes technologies, enhanced machinery and digital tools that U.S. steelmakers are deploying to address climate challenges.

    Moderator: Ron Ashburn, Executive Director, Association for Iron and Steel Technology
    Professor Dr. Pino Tese, President and CEO, SMS Group
    Dr. Alexander Fleischanderl, Technology Officer Up-Stream and Head of the Environmental Business, Primetals Technologies
    Francesco Memoli, Executive Vice President, Tenova
    Todd Ames, Senior Key Account Manager, Midrex Technologies
    Antonello Mordeglia, Member of the Board and Chairman of Danieli Automation, Danieli
    Michael Grant, International Senior Expert, Air Liquide Global Management Services GmbH

    End of Day Three of Steel Success Strategies 2020 and Close of Conference 



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