Michael S. Rhoads, who currently serves as executive director - operations in Serbia, will succeed Perkins as vice president and general director of U. S. Steel Serbia. (Additional news release later today will provide more details.)
will have responsibility for steelmaking and finishing operations at Gary Works
, tin-coated steel production at East Chicago Tin
in East Chicago, Ind., and finishing operations at Midwest Plant in Portage, Ind.
Commenting on the appointments, Williams said, "Anton's extensive experience in steel operations, as well as the business aspects associated with it, will help us take full advantage of existing synergies in our U.S. flat-rolled product facilities and identify new ways to increase cost effectiveness, efficiency and product diversity at those plants.
Sharon's strong and successful background in sales, marketing and operations will be a significant asset to the organizations she
will oversee, which all deal with different, yet equally important, aspects of our relationships with our customers.
has gained valuable leadership skills during his
assignments in Europe, and those skills, together with his
strong and varied operations background, will serve him and our company well as he
assumes responsibility for our largest integrated steelmaking facility."
After progressing through positions at East Chicago Tin and Gary Works, Perkins transferred to Serbia in 2003 when he was named general manager - finishing at U. S. Steel Serbia's Smederevo facility.
He advanced to operations director for U. S. Steel Serbia one year later.
After serving as plant manager - primary operations at Great Lakes Works
near Detroit from 2006 to 2007, Perkins
returned to U. S. Steel's
European operations in 2007 when he
was named vice president - operations at U. S. Steel Kosice
in the Slovak Republic.
advanced to his
most recent position, vice president and general director of U. S. Steel Serbia
, in March 2009.
Originally from Hamilton, Ohio, Perkins graduated from The Ohio State University in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in metallurgical engineering.
He completed his master's degree in business administration at the University of Pittsburgh in 1998.
wife, Nadezda, will relocate to the Northwest Indiana area.