Charles "Chuck" Schmitt is President of SSAB Americas, which is the North and South American business area of Swedish steel manufacturer SSAB. SSAB Americas operates two steel mills located in Mobile, AL and Montpelier, IA, together with three cut-to-length facilities in Toronto, Canada; St. Paul, MN; and Houston, TX. Mr. Schmitt began his career in the steel industry with United States Steel Corporation in Pittsburgh, PA, where he was selected to participate in the company’s management trainee program in 1985. Mr. Schmitt held several positions there with increasing responsibility, including Resident Sales Manager for the Tubular Products division; and Midwest Sales Manager for IPSCO Tubular, where we was responsible for the successful start-up of IPSCO’s pipe mill in Camanche, IA, the company’s first Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG) and line pipe operation in the United States. He also moved to Houston and managed the development and implementation of the company's U.S. commercial plan.
Mr. Schmitt accepted a two-year assignment with the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) as part of a special fellowship program. He served as chairman of AISI’s Steel Utility Pole Task Group and directed the newly formed program to achieve a significant share of the utility pole and tower market. During this time, Mr. Schmitt also served as IPSCO’s governmental affairs representative. After his fellowship, he rejoined IPSCO and returned to Houston, where he managed the construction and commissioning of IPSCO’s coil, temper-processing operations for flat-rolled products. Later, he relocated to Mobile, AL to serve as General Manager for IPSCO, Southern Business Area. After the 2007 acquisition of IPSCO by SSAB in Stockholm, Sweden, Mr. Schmitt was promoted to Vice President, Southern Business Unit for the Americas’ Business Area. His responsibilities included oversight of operations and commercial activities at SSAB’s Mobile steelworks; Houston’s coil processing operations; and Latin America. In July 2011, Mr. Schmitt was promoted to SSAB’s Group Executive Committee and appointed President of Business Area Americas. In this role, he is responsible for directing all commercial and operational activities, as well as the overall financial performance for the Americas Business Area. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Metals Service Center Institute and is Chairman of the American Iron and Steel Institute. A fourth-generation steelmaker, Mr. Schmitt received his B.B.A. degree from the University of Texas in Arlington, TX.