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Gates Steps Up as President of SunCoke

Written by Laura Miller

SunCoke Energy Inc. has announced Katherine T. Gates will serve as the company’s new president, and will also join its board of directors, effective Jan. 1.

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Mike Rippey, current president and CEO, will continue to serve as CEO after Jan. 1.

Gates has held a variety of positions with SunCoke since 2013, most recently serving as senior vice president, chief legal officer, and chief human resources officer since 2019.

Gates’ promotion to president and appointment to the board “are important steps in the SunCoke Board of Directors’ strategic long-term succession plan,” said company chairman Arthur F. Anton.

“Katherine is a highly respected senior leader and her knowledge of SunCoke’s operations and the larger steelmaking industry is remarkable. SunCoke remains the largest independent coke producer in North America, and Katherine’s promotion and appointment to the board enhances our ability to drive SunCoke’s growth and profitability,” Anton added.

Lisle, Ill.-based SunCoke has 4.2 million tons of annual cokemaking capacity in the US, with facilities in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Virginia. It also has international operations in Brazil that push its global cokemaking capacity up to 5.9 million tons.

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