DEARBORN, MI -- (Marketwired) -- 12/16/13 -- Effective immediately, Severstal North America, a leading steel producer in the United States and a subsidiary of Severstal, a global steel and mining company, has named Mr. William S. Noakes, Jr., its Director, Government Relations, based in Dearborn, Mich.
In his new position, Noakes will be directing the local, state and federal government affairs programs, as well as developing relationships with key legislators and regulators to effectively represent Severstal and champion the company's goals.
"We are pleased to have Bill join our team as we continue building our partnerships with policymakers and elected officials and establishing Severstal as an important community and steel industry player. Bill's impressive background, experience and strategic guidance will be a great asset for our organization," said Saikat Dey, CEO, Severstal North America.
Prior to joining Severstal, Noakes was the co-founder and partner for Halo Elite, where he advised C-suite executives and elite athletes. Throughout his career, he held various senior level positions within the legal field in public and private sectors, including the General Counsel of an automotive supplier, an attorney with the General Motors Corporation, an attorney with the SEC, and an Air Force Judge Advocate. He also served as Executive Vice President of Meijer, Inc. leading its legal, IT, real estate, construction, and procurement departments.
Noakes holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Arts degree and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Chicago.
About Severstal North America:
Established in 2004, Severstal North America is one of the largest steel producers the United States, specializing in the full range of high quality light flat rolled products. Corporate headquarters and integrated operations are located in Dearborn, Mich. A state-of-the-art electric arc furnace operation in Columbus, Miss. serves the growing demand for steel in the southeastern United States. Over $3 billion in investments have modernized and expanded both facilities. Severstal also has several joint ventures specializing in value-added coated products and coke making. The company serves customers in more than 20 markets, including automotive, appliance, construction, container, pipe and tubing, distribution, converter and service centers. Severstal North America is a wholly-owned subsidiary of OAO Severstal, one of the world's largest vertically integrated steel and mining companies. Visit our website at www.severstalna.com or follow us on Twitter @SeverstalNA. Contact: Katya Pruett +1 (313) 317-9760 email@example.com