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Gerdau’s chief named 2012 AIST Steelmaker Of The Year

André B. Gerdau Johannpeter, chief executive officer of Gerdau, was named “Steelmaker of the Year” at AISTech 2012. The Steelmaker of the Year Award is presented annually by AIST to recognize notable leaders for their contributions to the steel industry.

Johannpeter was being recognized for his entrepreneurial spirit, visionary leadership, support of research and steadfast commitment to improving the steel industry and the global supply of steel products.

Johannpeter has been chief executive officer of Gerdau since January 2007. Johannpeter’s 30 years of experience at Gerdau include roles as the global head of the marketing and sales, metallics, procurement, logistics, human resources and organizational development departments. Before that, he was the executive vice president in the executive committee and chief operating officer of Gerdau North America.

Currently, André B. Gerdau Johannpeter is chairman of the board of the Brazil Steel Institute (IABr), director of the executive committee of the Latin American Steel Association (Alacero) and member of the executive committee of the World Steel Association.