World Steel Association elects new officers and welcomes new members

worldsteel_worldsteel-logo2Moscow, 08 October 2014 – The Board of Directors of the World Steel Association (worldsteel) has elected the following new officers for 2014/2015 at worldsteel’s 48th Annual Conference in Moscow, Russia. The new Chairman takes office from today, Wednesday 8th October, 2014. The new officers are elected for one year, until October 2015.


Chairman:                      Wolfgang Eder, Chairman and CEO, voestalpine AG

Vice Chairmen:              Alexey Mordashov, CEO, Severstal JSC

                                        André Gerdau Johannpeter, President & CEO, Gerdau SA

Treasurer:                      Eiji Hayashida, President and CEO, JFE Steel Corporation


On behalf of the Board of Directors, Director General of the World Steel Association, Edwin Basson said; “We thank Joon-Yang Chung, Chairman for 2013/2014 for his leadership and proactive involvement over the past year. We welcome Wolfgang Eder as the new Chairman, Alexey Mordashov and André Gerdau Johannpeter as Vice Chairmen, and Eiji Hayashida as Treasurer. We are also delighted to welcome our new members on board.”

The Board of Directors also elected the 2014/15 Executive Committee:

Wolfgang Eder, voestalpine AG

John Ferriola, Nucor Corporation

Eiji Hayashida, JFE Steel Corporation

Heinrich Hiesinger, ThyssenKrupp AG

Sajjan Jindal, JSW Steel Ltd

Oh-joon Kwon, POSCO

André Gerdau Johannpeter, Gerdau S.A.

Mario Longhi, United States Steel Corporation

Lakshmi Mittal, ArcelorMittal

Alexey Mordashov, Severstal JSC

Paolo Rocca, Techint Group

Kosei Shindo, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation

Lejiang Xu, Baosteel Group Corporation

Xiaogang Zhang, Anshan Iron & Steel Group Corporation

Edwin Basson, World Steel Association


The Board of Directors also welcomed the following companies as new members of worldsteel:

Regular members (steel companies producing more than 2 million short tons (1.8 Mt) per annum)

  • ACERINOX Group, represented by Bernardo Velazquez (Associate to Regular)
  • Hebei Iron and Steel Group, represented by Yong Yu
  • Magang (Group) Holding Co., Ltd. (Maanshan Steel) represented by Haijian Gao
  • Sahaviriya Steel Industries Public Co. Ltd. (SSI) represented by Win Viriyaprapaikit (Associate to Regular)

Associate Members (steel companies producing less than 2 million short tons (1.8 Mt) per annum)

  • Elmarakby for Metallic Industries, represented by Hassan Mohamed Saad
  • SIJ – Slovenska Industrija Jekla, d.d., represented by Anton Chernykh
  • United Metallurgical Company (OMK), represented by Anatoly Sedykh


• The World Steel Association (worldsteel) is one of the largest and most dynamic industry associations in the world. worldsteel represents approximately 170 steel producers (including 9 of the world’s 10 largest steel companies), national and regional steel industry associations, and steel research institutes. worldsteel members represent around 85% of world steel production.