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U. S. Steel Announces Two Promotions In Fields of Safety and Industrial Hygiene


Charles Prezzia, M.D., general manager of health services and medical director for United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X), announced today the appointment of Robin E. Sotak to the position of manager, industrial hygiene and Carl A. Masters, Jr. to the position of manager, safety.

Sotak, 37, began her career with U. S. Steel in 1991 as a management associate in industrial hygiene at the company's Mon Valley Works near Pittsburgh. In 1992, she was promoted to supervisor and in 1995 appointed supervisor, industrial hygiene and environmental health. Sotak moved through a series of increasingly responsible positions at Mon Valley Works and in 1998 was named department manager, industrial hygiene, environmental health and loss protection. The following year, responsibility for plant safety and security was added to her duties. Sotak was named to her current position in January 2002. In her new capacity she oversees industrial hygiene at all of the company's operations and has lead responsibility for protecting employees from chemical, physical and ergonomic stresses in the workplace. Sotak replaces James F. Quealy, who retired at the beginning of the year.

Sotak holds a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Pittsburgh, a master's degree in industrial hygiene from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and a master's in business administration from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. She is a member of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.

Prior to joining U. S. Steel, Masters, 45, spent eight years with Union Carbide Corporation where he held a variety of management positions in operations, maintenance and safety. In 1991, he went to work for Enviro Health Technologies as a project manager and industrial hygienist and was assigned to U. S. Steel's Pittsburgh-area cokemaking facility, Clairton Works. In 1994, Masters joined U. S. Steel as supervisor, industrial hygiene and environmental health, and in 1996 was named department manager, safety, security and fire protection. The following year industrial hygiene and environmental health were added to his responsibilities. Masters was promoted to manager, labor relations and productivity improvement in 2000, and in 2001 became department manager, safety, industrial hygiene, environmental health, security and fire protection for the coke operations at Clairton Works and at Gary Works in Gary, Ind. In his new position, Masters will oversee safety at all of the company's operations. He replaces James P. Jones, who retired at the end of June.

Masters is a member of the Western Pennsylvania Safety Council and the National Safety Council. A former union official with the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International, he has also served as an industry representative with the Allegheny County Health Department's Asbestos Professionals Work Group and as safety representative at the American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute.


SOURCE: United States Steel Corporation

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