Mark Vassella was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of BlueScope Steel in January 2018.
He joined the Company following BlueScope's 2007 acquisition of Smorgon Steel Distribution where he was the Chief Executive. He was appointed Chief Executive Australian Distribution and Solutions before moving to the US as President, BlueScope Steel North America in 2008. He returned to Australia in 2011 to take up the role of Chief Executive BlueScope Australia and New Zealand.
Mr Vassella has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters of Business Administration.
Mr Vassella is on the Executive Board of Directors at World Steel Association (worldsteel) and holds the office of Treasurer. He is a past Board member, President and Treasurer of the Family Life charitable organisation, and is a stalwart supporter of the St Kilda Football Club.
In 2022 Mr Finan was appointed to the new role of Chief Executive North America, with overall responsibility for North Star BlueScope Steel, BlueScope Recycling and Materials, BlueScope Coated Products, and BlueScope Buildings North America.
Previously Mr Finan was Chief Executive Hot Rolled Products North America, responsible for North Star BlueScope Steel operations and the major expansion project at that business which will add a third electric arc furnace and second continuous slab caster. Before that he was Chief Executive BlueScope Buildings.
Mr Finan joined BlueScope Steel in 2004 and served as President of Butler Manufacturing before being named President BlueScope Buildings North America in 2008, and then President Global Building Solutions with responsibility for global project delivery, account management and business development for the global building solutions business.
Mr Nowlan was appointed Chief Executive Australian Steel Products in January 2018. He leads all major operations in Australia including the Company's key operations at Port Kembla (NSW) and Western Port (VIC), and is also responsible for leading manufacturing excellence across BlueScope’s global portfolio.
Previously Mr Nowlan was General Manager Manufacturing and General Manager New Zealand and Pacific Islands. He has over 40 years’ experience in the steel industry in Australia, New Zealand and the United States, and has held executive roles covering all facets of steelmaking at BlueScope Steel.
Ms Stephens was appointed Chief Executive Climate Change & Sustainability in January 2022, responsible for researching, developing and implementing BlueScope’s global carbon reduction strategies, and for the Company’s broader sustainability areas of focus.
Previously, Ms Stephens was Chief Executive Climate Change and New Zealand & Pacific Islands, where she led the mining, manufacturing and downstream businesses in New Zealand and the Lysaght manufacturing and distribution businesses in the Pacific Islands.
Ms Stephens joined BlueScope in June 2018 from New Zealand’s Aluminium Smelters, a joint venture between Pacific Aluminium and Sumitomo Chemical Company, where she had been General Manager and Chief Executive since 2013. Previously, she was General Manager of Business Improvement & Technology for Pacific Aluminium’s four aluminium smelters across Australia and New Zealand.
A qualified engineer, Ms Stephens has over 30 years experience in the global aluminium industry, and has worked in aluminium smelting operations in Australia and New Zealand.
Mr Zhang joined BlueScope as Chief Executive NS BlueScope in 2021 to lead the Company’s joint venture operations across ASEAN and North America.
Mr Zhang previously held executive roles at Ecolab Inc, where he led the Company’s divisions and functions in Greater China; and other senior leadership positions across Asia. He has deep experience both in Asia and in multinational industrial businesses, and has a strong focus on innovation and transformation through strategic partnerships.
Mr Davies was appointed Chief Executive New Zealand & Pacific Islands in January 2022, responsible for leading the mining, manufacturing and downstream businesses in New Zealand and the Lysaght manufacturing and distribution businesses in the Pacific Islands.
Mr Davies has a depth of international and operational experience, having worked for Tata Steel Europe prior to joining BlueScope in 2008. He held a number of roles in New Zealand before being appointed President North Star BlueScope Steel in Delta, Ohio, in 2017.
Returning to New Zealand in 2020, Mr Davies took up the role of General Manager Sales & Marketing New Zealand & Pacific Islands / General Manager Pacific Steel, and in February 2021 was appointed Chief Operating Officer.
Ms Archibald was appointed Chief Financial Officer on 1 March 2018, responsible for finance, treasury, taxation, supply, investor relations, investments, audit and insurance. She joined the Executive Leadership Team on 1 April 2016 with responsibility for the optimisation of investment returns from BlueScope’s global coated products assets, in addition to her role as Chief Financial Officer, BlueScope ANZ, which she held from May 2015.
Previously, Ms Archibald was Vice President, Corporate Finance and Strategy, and former roles include Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, and finance leadership roles in Vietnam and Indonesia. Ms Archibald joined BlueScope (BHP) in 1996, and in recent years has played an important role in developing BlueScope’s strategic direction and in overseeing a number of mergers and acquisitions. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Ms Counsell was appointed to the Executive Leadership Team with effect from 1 January 2017 and has responsibility for legal affairs. She joined BlueScope in 2014, following an international career extending over 25 years in partner and equivalent roles at leading global law firms.
Ms Counsell specialises in commercial law, major projects, infrastructure and project finance and has worked throughout Australia, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East advising corporate, government and financial institution clients on various commercial matters, in particular foreign investments, development and strategic projects (including mergers and acquisitions), corporate law and governance, in a variety of industries including mining, resources, energy and defence. Previously Ms Counsell held the position of General Counsel – Corporate at BlueScope and was responsible for the legal requirements of all strategic and development projects of BlueScope as well as all corporate head office legal requirements.
Ms Keast was appointed Chief People Officer on 8 April 2019. She is responsible for health, safety and environment, remuneration and benefits, corporate affairs and organisation capability and performance.
In addition to these responsibilities, in August 2021 Ms Keast assumed the role of Chief Executive North American Development, to oversee the Company’s expansion opportunities and realise synergies across our North American businesses.
Ms Keast has over 20 years’ experience working in OH&S across a range of industries and geographic regions. Her strengths are in change management and leading integration activities in newly acquired businesses and joint ventures, driving cultural change at all levels. She started her career at BlueScope (BHP) in 1994 in Stevedoring and Chartering operations, and in 2001 was appointed National HSE Manager in the Market, Logistics & Solutions team. She has held senior business safety roles in Australia and the US. In 2014 she moved into an expanded role as Vice President Organisation Capability, and from 2016 held the role of General Manager People Australian Steel Products, where her strategic direction led to greater diversity and engagement in that business.
Ms Keast is a member of Australian HR Institute of Australia and the Safety Institute of Australia, and is a Board member of the Sports Access Foundation for children with a disability.
Mr Garey was appointed Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer for BlueScope on 2 July 2018, responsible for working with leadership to set the company’s direction, transformation agenda and organisational capabilities for the future. This will include a global focus on: strategy; innovation; digital; marketing; and research & development.
Mr Garey joined BlueScope in 2008 as General Manager Strategic Marketing in the Australian business. Most recently he was General Manager Business Improvement in Australian Steel Products and before that, the General Manager of New Zealand Steel and Pacific Islands business.
Mr Garey came to BlueScope from Boral where he led the Sales and Marketing operations for their Timber division. His previous experience includes senior sales and strategy roles with Blackmores and consulting roles in strategy and business development with the Boston Consulting Group.
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