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JSW Steel picks Simon as CEO of US operations

Written by Ethan Bernard

India’s JSW Steel has selected steel industry veteran Robert Simon to serve as CEO of JSW Steel USA.

“Robert Simon is backfilling the CEO position previously held by Mark Bush, effective immediately,” a JSW Steel USA spokesperson told SMU in an email on Wednesday.

As previously reported, Bush stepped down as CEO in December 2022 to pursue other opportunities. 

The company said Simon will lead the overall business of slab, coil, pipe and plate production, and sales at its operations in Baytown, Texas, and Mingo Junction, Ohio. He will report to the board members of JSW Steel USA.

“We have built a resilient business in the USA with a clear focus on enhancing productivity and operational efficiencies,” Jayant Acharya, CEO of parent company JSW Steel, said in a press release. “Rob joins us at a crucial time as we continue to upgrade JSW USA operations.”

With many years of experience in steel, Simon has held positions at companies such as Evraz North America and Steel Dynamics Inc. (SDI) where he was VP of structural products. Before joining JSW Steel USA, he consulted with several companies, including transportation infrastructure holding firm OmniTrax in Denver.

In addition to these industry roles, Simon has served on the executive committee and as chairman of the Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA), as well as a board member of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC).

“I look forward to working closely with our talented team, to live these values, and aggressively pursue our mission to deliver top-quality steel products that are melted and manufactured in the USA,” Simon said.

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