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Dempsey Appointed AISI Interim President, CEO

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Kevin Dempsey has been elected interim president and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute. He replaces Thomas Gibson, who announced his retirement in March.

Dempsey has been serving as AISI’s senior vice president for public policy and general counsel since 2009. He will assume the role immediately, with Gibson serving as an advisor during the transition. The board has recommended AISI suspend its search for a replacement.

“It is critical for AISI to have strong expertise and continuity at this time.  Not only is the steel industry confronted with the COVID-19 crisis, but we continue to face challenges from market distorting policies and practices that have fueled the massive and growing global excess capacity in steel, from China and elsewhere.  Kevin Dempsey has been at the forefront of the industry’s advocacy on this for many years, and the member companies of AISI agree that he is the leader that AISI needs at this crucial time,” said John Brett, chairman of AISI and president and CEO of ArcelorMittal USA.


Before joining AISI, Dempsey was a partner at Dewey & LeBoeuf, a global law firm, and its predecessor Dewey Ballantine LLP. While in private practice, Dempsey litigated numerous international trade cases on behalf of U.S. steel producers and other U.S. industries before the U.S. International Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. courts.   

“I am honored that the AISI Board has entrusted me with this position and am grateful for the opportunity to continue serving the steel industry with the same passion and robust advocacy for which AISI is known. Tom Gibson’s leadership has been a tremendous asset to the industry and I appreciate his support in ensuring a seamless transition for the North American steel industry’s voice in Washington,“ said Dempsey.

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