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New Executive Appointments at CSI

Written by Sandy Williams

California Steel Industries, Inc. (CSI) announced that Marcelo Botelho will be the new president and CEO of CSI, effective August 1, following the retirement of Toshiyuki Tamai.

Botelho most recently served as Controller Global Director at Vale S.A. His background also includes positions in the utility, aerospace, and aluminum industries in Brazil.

Tamai will retire after 43 years in the steel industry in Japan and the United States. Tamai joined CSI in 1995 and was appointed President and CEO in 2012. He previously worked at AK Steel in Ohio and has been associated with JFE Steel and its predecessor, Kawasaki Steel Corp., since 1973.

CSI also announce that Tadaaki Yamaguchi, current president of JFE Steel America, will replace Pedro Rodrigues as Chairman of the Board. Rodrigues will continue to serve as a member of the Board.

Scott Starr will assume the position of Executive Vice President, Operations at CSI’s Fontana, California facility. Starr joined CSI in 1992 and most recently served as General Manger, Operations. He will succeed Harold Allin, a 17 year veteran of CSI, who is retiring after 47 years in the steel industry.

CSI’s two shareholders are Vale S.A. (Vale); and JFE Steel Corporation (JFE) of Japan. Each shareholder owns 50% of the shares of CSI. The leadership changes follow a longstanding practice where one shareholder company has appointed the CEO and the other the Chairman of the Board position, and then vice versa upon the next rotation.

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