AISI appoints new president and CEO to replace Sharkey
The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) announced
the selection of Thomas J. Gibson as the association’s
president and chief executive officer.
Currently senior vice president of advocacy for the American
Chemistry Council (ACC), Gibson will assume his new responsibilities
on September 1.
Gibson will succeed AISI president and CEO Andrew G.
Sharkey, III, who has announced his retirement after
leading the Institute over the past 15 years and following
a distinguished 30 year career leading steel-related
Over his years at ACC and PCA, Gibson has established
a track record of achieving legislative objectives working
with both Democrats and Republicans. At ACC, he led the
chemical industry’s global, federal and state advocacy
efforts and has represented the Association before government
At PCA, he led efforts to increase the cement industry’s
visibility and clout in Washington, including spearheading
industry efforts on climate change and successfully advocating
for the cement industry’s inclusion in the Asia Pacific
As chief of staff to administrators Whitman and Leavitt,
Gibson directed the activities of EPA’s 12 program offices
and 10 regional offices, serving as the administrator’s
day-to-day manager for the 17,000 employee agency. While
serving as majority deputy staff director to the U.S.
Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, his
most significant legislative accomplishment was in leading
the Senate effort on the bipartisan Water Resources Development
Act of 2000 that included the $8 billion Everglades Restoration
Prior to that, Gibson served as the Congressional Liaison
Specialist for the EPA, representing the Agency on Capitol
Hill on issues diverse as the Resource Conservation and
Recovery Act, Superfund, energy policy, global climate
change and the Clean Air Act. Before that, he worked
for Raytheon Company, first as a naval architect for
the Systems Engineering Laboratory and then as a program
manager for the Submarine Systems Directorate.