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Matthew B. Perkins Named Vice President and General Director of U. S. Steel Serbia


PITTSBURGH, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- United States Steel Corporation announced today that Matthew B. Perkins has been appointed vice president and general director of U. S. Steel Serbia effective March 1. Perkins will succeed Richard E. Veitch, who will be returning to the United States to serve as general manager of Granite City Works located near St. Louis, Mo.

In his new position, Perkins will be responsible for overseeing all activities at facilities in Smederevo, Sabac and Kucevo. He will report to George F. Babcoke, senior vice president-European Operations.

"Matthew has a solid operations background, strong management skills and considerable experience at our European operations, all of which make him an ideal choice to fill this important role," said Babcoke. "We are confident Matthew will continue to build on the solid progress made by our Serbian operations while under the leadership of Rick Veitch."

Perkins, 41, and a native of Hamilton, Ohio, worked for LTV Steel Company for 10 years before U. S. Steel acquired LTV's East Chicago Tin facility in East Chicago, Ind., where he was employed as an area manager, in 2001. After progressing through positions at East Chicago Tin and Gary Works in Gary, Ind., Perkins transferred to Serbia in 2003 when he was named general manager-finishing at U. S. Steel Serbia's Smederevo facility. He advanced to operations director for U. S. Steel Serbia one year later.

Perkins relocated to the United States in 2006 to serve as plant manager-primary operations at Great Lakes Works, where he oversaw all iron and steel making operations at the Detroit-area facility. He returned to U. S. Steel's European operations in November 2007 when he was named to his most recent position, vice president-operations at U. S. Steel Kosice, where he was responsible for day-to-day operations at the company's facilities in the Slovak Republic.

Perkins graduated from The Ohio State University in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in metallurgical engineering. He completed his master's degree in business administration at the University of Pittsburgh in 1998.

He and his wife, Nadezda, will relocate to Serbia.

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SOURCE: United States Steel Corporation

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