TMK IPSCO Announces Senior Management Team

    LISLE, Ill., June 19 /CNW/ -- TMK, one of the world's largest oil and gas
pipe producers, today announced the appointment of the senior management team
of TMK IPSCO following TMK's recent acquisition of the US companies and assets
of IPSCO's Tubular business from SSAB Svenkst Stal AB under a back-to-back
transaction with Evraz S.A.
    Piotr Galitzine has been appointed Chairman of TMK IPSCO, as the new
company will be known.  Mr. Galitzine currently serves on the Board of
Directors of TMK and has an extensive international background and career
including senior positions with Mannesmann AG and BASF AG.  Mr. Galitzine's
office will be at TMK IPSCO's headquarters in Lisle, Illinois.
    Vicki Avril has been named President and CEO.  Ms. Avril most recently
was Senior Vice President and General Manager of IPSCO's Tubular businesses in
both the USA and Canada.  Ms. Avril has substantial experience in the pipe and
steel industry and is also a board member of Greif Industries.  She previously
held senior management positions with IPSCO Inc. and the former Inland Steel
Industries, Inc.  Ms. Avril's office will also be located at the Lisle
headquarters and she will report to Mr. Galitzine.
    In announcing the management group, Ms Avril commented, "I am excited
about the depth of knowledge and experience this team brings to TMK IPSCO and
am very enthusiastic about the future of this company backed by a wealth of
pipe making experience from Russia."
    Completing the management team (all of whom will be based in Lisle) and
reporting to Ms. Avril are:
    Scott Barnes, Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.
    Mr. Barnes will continue to be responsible for tubular sales and
marketing in North America, a position he has held for IPSCO US Tubular
products since 2001.  He joined IPSCO in 1985 as an outside sales
representative and has progressed through various sales, operations and
administrative positions with increasing responsibilities.
    Alexander Belomestnov, Vice President and Chief Technical Officer.
    Mr. Belomestnov will be responsible for Quality Assurance, Environmental
Compliance, New Product Development, and Research and Development.  He has
twenty years of technical and quality assurance experience working in the
Russian pipe industry, the past four years at TMK's Moscow head office in
project management and technical sales.
    Nick Kachmar, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
    Mr. Kachmar has been Controller of Koppel Tubulars since 2006 and
previously served in various financial management positions with Copperweld
Corporation, LTV Steel Tubular Products Corp. and Republic Steel.
    Bruce McKee, Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer.
    Mr. McKee will be responsible for logistics, procurement, scheduling,
pricing/planning and operating standards.  He has worked in both Canada and
the US for IPSCO in financial, IT, sales administration, production planning
and corporate development.
    Ray Rarey, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer.
    Mr. Rarey will be responsible for all areas of HR including employee
relations, compensation, benefits, safety, and training and development.  He
was VP and Chief Human Resources Officer for IPSCO Inc. since 2000 and also
has held senior level HR and Industrial Relations positions with Berg
Electronics, Collins & Aikman Corp., Gulf & Western Industries, ITT Corp. and
Firestone Tire & Rubber Co.
    Sam Smolak, Vice President and Chief Information Officer.
    Mr. Smolak will manage and direct the information technology that will
provide TMK IPSCO with manufacturing systems analysis and support.  He brings
many years of IT management experience in the steel industry including his
most recent position with Koppel Tubulars, and prior experience with Babcock &
Wilcox, GATX and Ellwood Quality Steel.
    Jim Tregenza, Vice President and Chief Operations Officer.
    Mr. Tregenza will be responsible for Seamless and Welded operations,
Process Engineering, and Ultra Premium Connections.  He was most recently
Director-Operations for IPSCO's US Welded Tubular plants and his prior
experience includes Works Manager at IPSCO's Regina, Saskatchewan tubular
operations and Project Engineer for IPSCO North American Tubular Operations.
    The purchase of IPSCO Tubular's US assets is an essential part of TMK's
strategy to expand the company's global presence and increase its offering of
high-tech, premium class tubular goods for the oil and gas industry.  This
acquisition reinforces TMK's commitment to be an innovative company building
and developing strong relationships with customers based on the concept of
long term partnerships, quality products and services, and constant innovation
to meet the customers' challenging needs.
    TMK (
    Founded in 2001, TMK (LSE: TMKS) is the largest pipe producer in Russia
and one of the three global market leaders.
    In 2007, TMK shipped over 3 million tonnes of pipes.  TMK supplies to
companies in more than 60 countries.
    TMK production facilities are located in Russia, the United States and

    -- Volzhsky Pipe Plant
    -- Seversky Tube Works
    -- Taganrog Metallurgical Works
    -- Sinarsky Pipe Plant
    -- SC TMK-Resita SA
    -- SC TMK-Artrom SA
    -- TMK Oilfield Services
    -- TMK-Premium Service
    -- TMK IPSCO

For further information:

For further information: IR Department, Alexei Ratnikov, +7 495 775
7600,  ext. 2078,, or PR Department, Alexey Sotskov, +7 495
775  7600, ext. 2125,, both of TMK, or Raymond J. Rarey, V.P.
and  Chief Human Resources Officer of TMK IPSCO, +1-630-874-6442, Web Site:        

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