SMDI names Nucor VP as Board chairperson

The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), announced Rick Blume, vice president, commercial, Nucor Corporation, will succeed Dan Mull, executive vice president, sales and marketing, ArcelorMittal USA, as chairperson of SMDI’s Board of Directors.

“We look forward to working under Rick’s leadership to further strengthen our core programmes in automotive, construction, packaging and communications”, said Lawrence W. Kavanagh, president of SMDI. Blume has led Nucor’s commercial efforts for the last five years and comes into this leadership post at a dynamic time for both the domestic steel industry and one of its most valued customer segments –the automotive industry.

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