John Foster

Located on the exhibition hall floor, Booth 213

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
Micro-Seminar: AIIS – Steel Challenges in 2017 and Beyond
Since the election, the defense of the free trade of international steel has come under fire. Representatives of the American Institute of International Steel will be providing an update on the discussions in Washington, D.C. and the paths forward for the industry.

John D. Foster
American Institute for International Steel

John D. Foster became Chairman of the American Institute for International Steel in 2010. His career began with J&L Steel Corporation, now ArcelorMittal. He also worked for CF&I Steel, now Evraz Rocky Mountain Steel. He then joined Ferrostaal, later merged into Coutinho & Ferrostaal GmbH & Co., KG, and was eventually appointed CEO for C & F GmbH, focusing on the U.S. market. Foster now serves as President of Kurt Orban Partners LLC, a privately held steel trading company in the San Francisco Bay area. Foster served as Chairman for the Texas Free Trade Coalition during the Section 201 sanctions on steel under the Bush Administration and a long time member and presenter to the American Wire Producers Association and the Wire Association International. John also served as a Steel Fellow for the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) in 1985. Foster holds undergraduate degrees in business and economics, and an MBA.

For over sixty years, the AIIS mission has focused on supporting free trade in order to advance the economic growth that is so important to the steel supply chain, and to the men and women who work in it. To that end, we have supported trade-liberalizing agreements such as NAFTA, the Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the new WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement. We strongly support current trade negotiations such as the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, and the United States-EU trade negotiations. We believe that United States trade remedy laws should be applied in a fair, commercially rational manner. The AIIS also supports the elimination of Buy American preferences and trade-distorting subsidies for steel producers. The American Institute for International Steel is the only steel-related trade association that supports free trade.  The Institute accomplishes our mission through advocacy, networking, communications, and education.

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