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New CEO Appointed at CSI

Written by Sandy Williams

California Steel Industries has appointed Shinji Tanaka as President and Chief Executive Officer. He will replace Marcelo Botelho Rodrigues who completed his four-year term on Aug. 1, 2020.

Tanaka joined CSI in January 2020 as the Executive Vice President of Engineering and Continuous Improvement following a 21-year career at JFE Steel in Japan. At JFE Steel, he served as Staff General Manager of the Overseas Business Planning Department, and prior to that served as General Manager of the Plant Engineering Department in Fukuyama Works. Tanaka has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of CSI. From 2001 to 2004, he worked at CSI and served as the Manager of Hot Strip Mill Maintenance. He graduated from Osaka University with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Botelho Rodrigues served as President and CEO of CSI since August 2016. Prior to joining CSI, he served at Vale as Controller Global Director. He plans to return to Vale S.A. of Brazil to pursue new opportunities.

CSI is jointly held by Vale S.A. of Brazil and JFE Steel Corporation (JFE) of Japan. Each owns 50 percent of the shares of CSI. The announced leadership change is in keeping with historical practices to rotate the position of President and CEO between nominees of CSI’s shareholding companies after completion of a four-year term.

About California Steel Industries

California Steel Industries, Inc., located near Fontana, Calif., claims to be the leading producer of flat rolled steel products in the western United States based on tonnage billed. The company produces a broad range of products, including hot rolled, pickled and oiled, cold rolled and galvanized sheet, and electric resistant welded pipe up to 24 inches in diameter. CSI has nearly 900 employees.

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