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U.S. Steel names Christian Korn VIce President-Commercial Europe

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Korn succeeds Robert J. Beltz.

PITTSBURGH, June 29, 2012 – United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) announced today that Christian Korn has been named vice president – commercial, Europe.  Korn succeeds Robert J. Beltz, who has concluded his expatriate assignment in Europe and is returning to the United States.  Korn will report to David J. Rintoul, vice president – European operations and president – U. S. Steel Košice.  The appointment will be effective July 1.

Korn, 59, will assume responsibility for all commercial activity related to U. S. Steel's European operations. 

“Christian brings an extensive and intimate knowledge of the European steel industry and the markets we serve to our leadership team at U. S. Steel Košice,” said Rintoul.  “His demonstrated record and results-oriented approach will enhance our company’s goal of providing the highest quality products and services to our customers in this region.” 

Korn brings to U. S. Steel Košice long-term experience in the steel business, having started his career in the industry in 1982 with the building products group of Saint Goban.  He joined Usinor (now ArcelorMittal) in 1988 and rose through increasing levels of responsibility in the commercial organization from sales director to chief operating officer of the service center organization in Germany and subsequently the service center group in France. 

In 2002, Korn accepted the role of chief operating officer for ThyssenKrupp Stahl Service Center Gmbh (Langenfeld, Germany).  In this capacity, he was responsible for the business unit, which included markets in Germany, France, Italy, Poland and Eastern Europe.

In 2009, he joined Essar Steel Europe and was responsible for creating and developing the company’s European sales organization.

Korn graduated from University of Tübingen, Germany with a German Law Degree in 1979 and completed the Bar Examination in 1982.  He also studied Business Administration at the University for World Trade in Vienna, Austria.

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