U.S. Steel names COO, announces management changes

April 26, 2005

United States Steel Corporation today announced that John H. Goodish has been elected executive vice president and COO, reporting to John P. Surma, Jr., president and CEO. In his new position, Goodish will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of U. S. Steel's domestic and Central European facilities. The appointment is effective June 1.

In other management changes, Christopher J. Navetta has been appointed senior vice president-procurement, logistics, and diversified businesses, a new position at headquarters in Pittsburgh. He will be responsible for global procurement, including the purchase and delivery of raw materials, transportation, and real estate activities. Before his promotion and return to company headquarters, Navetta spent the last three years in Slovakia, where he served as president of U. S. Steel Kosice.

David H. Lohr has been named senior vice president-European operations and president-U. S. Steel Kosice, and will relocate to Kosice, Slovakia. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of U. S. Steel Kosice, Lohr will be responsible responsible for U. S. Steel Serbia. Most recently, he was vice president-plant operations. In that capacity, he oversawthe company's domestic plant operations and joint ventures.

George F. Babcoke has been named vice president-plant operations, succeeding Lohr. Babcoke, who began his career with U. S. Steel as a laborer, will assume oversight responsibility for the company's domestic operations. Babcoke was named managing director-engineering and technology in September 2004 and moved to headquarters from Gary Works (Ind.), where he was general manager.

Anthony R. Bridge has been appointed vice president-engineering and technology, a new position. He will be responsible for research and development activities at the company's Research and Technology Center in Monroeville, Pa., Automotive Center in Troy, Mich., and research facility in Kosice, Slovakia. Bridge will also oversee engineering for domestic and international operations as well as blast furnace engineering and technology.

Navetta, Lohr, Babcoke and Bridge will report to Goodish. These appointments also are effective June 1.