Mario Longhi was named chief executive officer of United States Steel Corporation in February 2017 after serving as president and chief executive officer and on the company’s Board of Directors since September 2013. In these roles, he is applying his experience as a proven leader in manufacturing and of corporate transformations to his oversight of U. S. Steel’s own transformation journey and its strategic vision. Known as The Carnegie Way, this multi-year effort aims to build value for all of the company’s stakeholders and return U. S. Steel to sustainable profitability throughout the business cycle. Under Mr. Longhi’s leadership, The Carnegie Way is facilitating profound cultural, financial and operational flexibility and effectiveness at the company. This is being achieved through an intense focus on developing collaborative customer relationships, driving operational excellence, fostering innovation and creating cutting-edge solutions to address our customers’ current and future needs.
Mr. Longhi is also considered a thought leader on the subject of global trade. He has served as one of the steel industry’s leading voices on this subject, and he has worked with elected officials and regulators at all levels of government in both the United States and the European Union. Mr. Longhi’s advocacy has played a key role in global efforts to curtail government-supported overcapacity and ensure that market forces, not market-distorting practices, drive supply and growth among steel companies.
Mr. Longhi has held a series of increasingly responsible executive leadership roles since he joined U. S. Steel in July 2012 as executive vice president & chief operating officer. He was appointed president and chief operating officer in June 2013 and was elected president and chief executive officer in September 2013.
Prior to joining U. S. Steel, Mr. Longhi spent six years at Gerdau Ameristeel Corporation, serving first as president from 2005 through 2006 and then additionally in the role of chief executive officer from 2006 until 2011. Before his arrival at Gerdau Ameristeel, Mr. Longhi spent 23 years at Alcoa, Inc., which he joined in 1982 as a construction superintendent for the company’s Alumar Refinery in his native Brazil. During his time with the company, he advanced through increasingly responsible positions in Brazil, the United States and Switzerland, including tenures as president – Alcoa Wheels International, president – Alcoa Forgings Division, president and chief executive officer – Howmet Castings, and Alcoa vice president and group president – Global Extrusions.
Mr. Longhi began his career in the metals industry in 1978 as an engineer at Cobrasma, a Babcock and Wilcox licensee for the sale, design and manufacture of pressure vessels for use in South America.
Mr. Longhi was named 2015 Steelmaker of the Year by the Association for Iron and Steel Technology and CEO of the Year at the 2015 Platts Global Metals Awards. He was also honored by American Metal Market in 2011 with an Award for Steel Excellence as Industry Ambassador/Advocate of the Year.
In January 2017, Mr. Longhi was invited to participate in U.S. President Donald Trump’s Manufacturing Jobs Initiative. Mr. Longhi also currently serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the World Steel Association. He is also vice chairman of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), serves as a member of AISI’s Board of Directors and is chairman of the association’s Policy and Planning Committee. Mr. Longhi serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the National Association of Manufacturers. He is also a current member of the Association for Iron and Steel Technology. During his career, he has also served as chairman, director and Executive Committee member of the Steel Manufacturers Association.
Outside the steel industry, Mr. Longhi serves as a member of The Business Council, the Council on Competitiveness, and the National Petroleum Council. He also serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, and he is a member of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania’s Presidential Roundtable.
A native of Tatui, state of São Paulo, Brazil, Mr. Longhi earned a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering from the Institute Mauá de Tecnologica in São Paulo. He became an American citizen in 2007.