John D. Foster

John D. Foster


John  D. Foster was elected Chairman of the American Institute for International Steel (AIIS) in December 2010 and assumed office in January 2011.

Mr. Foster was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA and graduated with honors from Marietta College in 1974 with a BA in Business and Economics. In 1991 an MBA was added to his academic resume from the University of Colorado in conjunction with the University of San Francisco’s  McLaren School of Business.

His steel career began at J & L Steel Corporation (later LTV Steel, ISG and now Arcelor Mittal Steel) after being recruited upon graduation from Marietta.  Subsequent marketing assignments at J & L were carried out in Pittsburgh, Detroit and Houston covering the full line of J & L products from carbon and stainless flat rolled through pipe, bar, rod and wire.

In 1980, John joined CF & I Steel (now Evraz-Rocky Mountain Steel) in Pueblo, Colorado.   Subsequent marketing assignments were carried out in Chicago, Los Angeles and Pueblo where production planning functions were later added to his responsibilities. For the last four years at CF & I, John was the General Manager of the bar, rod and wire mills in Pueblo which later included the rail mill.

In 1990, he moved to manage the Rod and Wire Division for Ferrostaal Metals Corporation, which was then a joint venture between Ferrostaal and Kurt Orban Partners in San Francisco.  In 1995 the Rod and Wire Division was moved to the headquarters of Ferrostaal Incorporated in Houston, Texas.

As of January 1, 2008, the steel trading arm of Ferrostaal was merged into what is today Coutinho & Ferrostaal GmbH & Co. KG and Mr. Foster carried the titles of Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President – Commercial for the sector of the Group that oversees the America’s as well as President and CEO of the company’s North American Division.  Both organizations are headquartered in Houston, Texas and where John has resided for the past 17 years and served on the Boards of C&F Incorporated, CF-Mexico, CF Ltd.- Canada as well as Adelphia Metals Incorporated.  Under the newly formed C & F GmbH, Foster was asked to focus on the USA market as its CEO.

As of August 1, 2012 Mr. Foster moved and christened a consulting and marketing LLC named Partners in Steel International and was subsequently retained to serve as President of Kurt Orban Partners LLC, a privately held steel trading company located in the San Francisco Bay Area which also addresses the full line of steel products for its customers on a national basis.

Industry activities include serving 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.  He has been on the Board of Directors for the American Institute for International Steel (AIIS) for three years and today serves as its Chairman.   John also served as a Steel Fellow for the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) in 1985.

Eric Hansen

Eric Hansen

Vice Chairman

Eric Hansen joined Cooper/T. Smith Corporation in 1998.  He began his maritime career with the Port of New Orleans and has been working in the stevedoring and transportation logistics field since then.  In 2010, Mr. Hansen was named Managing Director of International Logistics Company, a division of Cooper/T. Smith and added those duties to his portfolio.

He is a member of various professional organizations, and he serves on the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of the American Institute for International Steel as Vice Chairman.  He has served on the Board of Directors of the Railway Industrial Clearance Association and is a member of the Transportation Committee of the World Trade Center of New Orleans.  He serves on the board of the New Orleans Board of Trade as chairman of the membership committee as well.  Mr. Hansen is a graduate of Louisiana State University.

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