SSAB Rolls out Name Change and New Senior Management Team for North American Operations



    LISLE, Ill., June 13 /CNW/ -- SSAB Svenskt Stal AB today announced its
six production sites in North America will now operate under the corporate
name, SSAB. Effective immediately, the name change from IPSCO to SSAB impacts
the steel production facilities in Mobile, Alabama and Montpelier, Iowa, as
well as the cut-to-length lines in Houston, Texas, St.Paul, Minnesota and
Toronto, Ontario. The headquarters for SSAB North American Division (NAD) will
remain in Lisle, Illinois.
    In addition, SSAB is pleased to announce David Britten has been appointed
President of SSAB NAD, taking over from John Tulloch, who had previously
announced his retirement effective with the close of the divesture of its
North American tubular operations. In his new role, Mr. Britten will also
serve as an Executive Vice President of SSAB and as a member of the company's
Group Management.
    The SSAB NAD Senior Management team, reporting to David Britten,
includes:
    
    Paul Wilson -- Vice President, Operations
    
    Mr. Wilson will have the responsibility for SSAB NAD primary steel
business in the United States. With 36 years in the steel industry, Mr. Wilson
brings an extensive depth of knowledge and experience to the management team
in this key business unit operational role. Previously, Mr. Wilson was the
plant manager at the Alabama Steelworks. He has been with the company since
1998.
    
    Steve Hansen -- Vice President, Chief Technical Officer
    
    Dr. Hansen continues to have overall responsibility for the NAD technical
services organization, including the quality assurance, product development,
customer technical support, environmental affairs and continuous improvement
activities. In addition, he will be responsible for the development of an SSAB
NAD research and development organization and program. He joined the
organization in 2003, following a career in the integrated sector of the steel
business.
    Michele Klebuc-Simes -- Vice President, General Counsel & Communications
    Ms. Klebuc-Simes will continue to be responsible for the corporate legal
function at SSAB NAD.  She will also be responsible for the Communication and
Government Relations functions. Ms. Klebuc-Simes joined the company in 2001.
    
    Larry Schnurbusch -- Vice President, Operations Services
    
    Mr. Schnurbusch will be responsible for the division's corporate
logistics and procurement functions, including scrap sourcing, energy, and
transportation services. He joined the company in 1999 in the corporate
purchasing area and brings 40 years of experience in the steel industry.
    Steve Morrison -- Vice President, Administration & TradeMr. Morrison will
be responsible for the Division's overall production planning, scheduling,
sales administration and trade policy functions. He joined the company in 1984
and has had a series of positions, including leadership roles in inventory and
production planning, and information technology.
    
    Phil Marusarz -- Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
    
    Mr. Marusarz will continue in his role announced last summer, which is
responsibility for Division's accounting and financial management functions.
He joined IPSCO in 2001 as Treasurer, following senior financial positions in
both public and private companies. Prior to his officer appointment, he served
as the Corporate Controller.
    John Carroll -- Vice President, Human Resources & Security, Group
Director of Safety
    Mr. Carroll takes on the role as Chief HR Officer responsible for all HR
functions for North American operations. In addition, he will assume
responsibility for managing SSAB's loss prevention efforts globally. Mr.
Carroll brings 30 years of steel industry safety, health and management
experience. He joined the company in 2002 serving as Director of Corporate
Safety & Security.
    
    Tim Wensits -- Vice President, Chief Information Officer
    
    Mr. Wensits will continue his role of Chief Information Officer. Prior to
joining the company in early 2007, Mr. Wensits had worked 26 years in the IT
industry serving in positions in both the USA and Australia. In addition, he
is the Chief Information Officer with overall responsibility for IT throughout
SSAB.
    
    Dan Miksta -- Vice President, General Sales Manager
    
    Mr. Miksta will continue to oversee the sales management function for the
division's plate and coil products. Joining the organization in 2000, Mr.
Miksta has 37 years of sales experience with major integrated steelmakers.
    "While we look forward to making a new name for ourselves in North
America, we are still committed to our core values," said SSAB NAD President,
David Britten. "SSAB in North America will carry on the tradition of being a
reliable supplier, a trusted employer and a good corporate citizen in the
communities in which we operate."
    SSAB, a global niche producer of high strength steel with a leading
market position and productivity, develops solutions in order to increase the
competitiveness of its customers.




For further information:

For further information: Helena Stalnert, Executive Vice President, 
Communications, +46 8 45 45 734, or Michele Klebuc-Simes, Vice President, SSAB
 North American Division, +1-630-810-4789, both of SSAB Svenskt Stal AB Web
Site: http://www.ssab.com

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