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James D. Garraux Elected General Counsel of U. S. Steel

Joins Thomas W. Sterling in assuming additional duties


United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John P. Surma announced today that James D. Garraux has been elected general counsel and senior vice president-labor relations & environmental affairs, effective Feb. 1, 2007.

Garraux, who currently serves as vice president-labor relations, succeeds Dan D. Sandman, 58, as general counsel. Sandman's retirement as the company's vice chairman and chief legal & administrative officer was announced earlier today. Garraux also assumes responsibility for environmental affairs and joins U. S. Steel's Executive Management Committee. Craig D. Mallick, who was elected secretary of the corporation, will report to Garraux.

In addition, Thomas W. Sterling, who currently serves as senior vice president-human resources & business services, has been elected senior vice president-administration, effective Feb. 1, 2007. He will assume additional responsibilities including Public Affairs and certain other administrative functions. Sterling remains a member of U. S. Steel's Executive Management Committee.

"In addition to his wealth of legal experience in labor and employment matters, Jim thoroughly understands the intricacies of our industry," Surma said. "He has played an integral role in our business activities for the last several years and is extremely well-prepared for this assignment."

Garraux, 53, graduated magna cum laude from Duke University in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in political science. He earned his law degree in 1978 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he was elected to the Law Review.

He began his career at U. S. Steel in 1979 in the labor arbitration section of the corporate labor relations department. He moved through a series of increasingly responsible assignments before being named manager-labor arbitration in 1987. In 1990, he was named director-labor arbitration. He became general manager-labor relations the following year and was appointed general manager-employee relations in 1996.

Garraux was promoted to the position of vice president-employee relations in 2000, and in June 2003, he was named vice president-labor relations. In these capacities, he has served as the company's chief labor negotiator and has directed its safety and industrial hygiene activities.

He has served as a member of the Governor's (Pa.) Committee on Economic Development Through Labor-Management Partnerships. He is a member of the Tri- State Construction Users Association and the Allegheny County Bar Association. He also is a member of the executive committee of the Three Rivers Area Labor Management Committee and a director of the Southwest Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Sterling, 59, began his career with U. S. Steel in 1969 at U. S. Steel's Fairfield (Ala.) Works in the operating, personnel services and commercial departments. Since 1975, he has progressed through various employee relations positions including vice president-labor relations, steel and related resources for the former U. S. Steel Group of USX Corporation and vice president-employee relations. Sterling was responsible for several of U. S. Steel's joint venture operations with foreign steel companies including USS- POSCO Industries and PRO-TEC Coating Company. In 2000, he was elected president of Transtar, Inc., now a wholly owned transportation subsidiary of U. S. Steel. He has served as senior vice president-human resources since 2003, and in October 2004, his area of responsibility was expanded to include Business Services.

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