Douglas R. Matthews, a native of Uniontown, Pa., joined U. S. Steel in 1988 as a management associate at the Edgar Thomson Plant, Mon Valley Works’ steelmaking facility near Pittsburgh, Pa. He progressed through increasingly responsible management roles in electrical and caster maintenance at the Edgar Thomson Plant and the coating operations at Mon Valley Works’ Irvin Plant, a Pittsburgh-area rolling and finishing facility, before being transferred to PRO-TEC Coating Company, U. S. Steel's joint venture with Kobe Steel of Japan located in Leipsic, Ohio, in 1997 to manage the installation and commissioning of the facility’s second continuous galvanizing line.
From 1998 to 2003, Mr. Matthews oversaw iron production at the former USS/KOBE steelmaking venture in Lorain, Ohio, and at Gary Works in Gary, Ind., respectively. He was named division manager of steelmaking and casting at Gary Works in 2003 and was promoted to general manager of blast furnace engineering and technology at the company’s Pittsburgh headquarters in 2005.
Mr. Matthews was appointed vice president and general director of the former U. S. Steel Serbia, d.o.o. in May 2006, where he was responsible for overseeing all activities at facilities in Smederevo, Šabac and Kučevo. Mr. Matthews was named president and general manager of U. S. Steel Canada in October 2007 when U. S. Steel completed its acquisition of Canadian steelmaker Stelco Inc. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing operations at the company’s Canadian subsidiary, which includes two steelmaking and finishing facilities in southern Ontario – Hamilton Works in Hamilton and Lake Erie Works in Nanticoke.
Mr. Matthews was elected vice president – tubular operations and president – U. S. Steel Tubular Products in 2009 with executive responsibility for the company’s tubular operations and associated functions. In July 2013, Mr. Matthews assumed the role of senior vice president – North American flat-rolled operations, where he oversaw all flat-rolled operations including mining, sales, marketing, and supply chain functions across U. S. Steel's North American facilities.
On Jan. 1, 2015, U. S. Steel realigned its management structure to create commercial entities in order to get closer to customers and put increased emphasis on manufacturing operations. Mr. Matthews maintained his responsibility for U. S. Steel's North American flat-rolled manufacturing facilities.
In January 2016, Mr. Matthews was named senior vice president – Industrial, Service Center and Mining Solutions. In this role, he led all commercial efforts in the North American Flat-Rolled operating segment related to the following end-use markets: service centers; pipe and tube manufacturing; agricultural and industrial equipment; and the industrial containers. Additionally, Mr. Matthews was accountable for plant operations at the following facilities, which serviced the majority of the commercial entities’ customers: Gary Works, Granite City Works, Minnesota Ore Operations, and the company’s iron ore joint venture in Minnesota (Hibbing Taconite). In February 2018, Mr. Matthews also assumed day-to-day responsibility for U. S. Steel's tubular business.
In January 2020, Mr. Matthews was named Senior Vice President – Chief Commercial & Technology Officer, Mining and Tubular Solutions. In this role, he led all North American flat-rolled commercial activities and was responsible for integrating all innovation, research and development, and information technology in the company’s North American facilities with a focus on customer satisfaction, new business, market share growth, new technology and digitization acceleration. Mr. Matthews was also the accountable leader for U. S. Steel's mining operations and its tubular segment.
In September 2020, Mr. Matthews announced his intention to retire in January 2021. He will retain executive responsibility for U. S. Steel's tubular segment until a successor is named, and he is directly involved with transition efforts related to the company’s mining operations and commercial and innovation activities.
Mr. Matthews graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and received a master’s degree in business administration from Duquesne University in 1993.
Mr. Matthews currently serves on the board of directors for the American Petroleum Institute.