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New President at Olympic Steel’s Chicago Tube and Iron

Written by Sandy Williams

William (Bill) Zielinski, chief operating officer for Chicago Tube and Iron, will succeed Dr. Donald McNeeley as president of CTI. As president, Zielinski will lead the business strategy and day-to-day operations of CTI in addition to his current duties as COO.

McNeeley will continue with the company as chairman of CTI. The planned succession was effective Jan. 1.

“It has been my privilege to lead this organization and play a role in developing the next generation of exceptionally talented leaders at CTI,” said McNeeley. “Bill is one of those talents, and I am confident he will lead the organization to achieve great success, building on the strong history of Chicago Tube and Iron.”

Zielinski began his metals industry career in 1979, holding various sales leadership positions with Bliss and Laughlin Steel. He joined Chicago Tube and Iron in 1992 as a product manager before progressing to inside sales manager, general manager and vice president. He assumed the role of executive vice president and COO in 2016.

“Bill’s extensive industry experience and pipe and tube expertise, in particular, will ensure continuation of the strong performance we have seen from this segment of our business,” said Richard Marabito, CEO of Olympic Steel, CTI’s parent company. “He is an effective and well-respected leader, both in the industry and at Olympic.”

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