Nucor Corporation announced that Mr John J Ferriola 67 will retire as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer on December 31, 2019 and that the Board of Directors elected Mr Leon J Topalian, 51, to be President and Chief Operating Officer, effective September 5, 2019, and to succeed Mr. Ferriola as CEO on January 1, 2020, in connection with Nucor’s planned succession process. Mr Ferriola has served as Chairman since 2014 and as CEO since 2013. Previously, he served as President from 2011 to September 2019, President and Chief Operating Officer from 2011 to 2012, Chief Operating Officer of Steelmaking Operations from 2007 to 2010, Executive Vice President from 2002 to 2007, and Vice President from 1996 to 2001. He has also been a director of Nucor since 2011. Mr. Ferriola joined Nucor in 1991 as the Manager of Maintenance and Engineering at Nucor Steel-Texas. He later served as General Manager of Vulcraft-Texas, Nucor Steel-Nebraska and Nucor Steel-Indiana.
Mr Ferriola said that “It has been a great privilege and honor to be a Nucor teammate for over 28 years and to serve as Nucor’s CEO for the past seven years. One of my key priorities as CEO over the past several years has been to lead a robust and thoughtful succession process, and I believe now is the ideal time for me to transition Nucor’s leadership. I could not be more supportive of Leon as the next CEO. He has been an exceptional and proven leader throughout his 23-year career with Nucor, and I am confident in his selection as my successor. I look forward to working with Leon and the Board to ensure a smooth transition over the coming months.”
Mr John H Walker, Nucor’s lead independent director said that “John Ferriola has been a thought leader in the steel industry and helped position Nucor at the forefront of its peers. The Board is deeply appreciative of his excellent leadership and service to Nucor, and we wish John the very best in his well-deserved retirement. At the same time, the Board is excited to announce that Leon Topalian will be the next CEO, and we are confident that he is ideally positioned to lead Nucor in the coming years.”
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