A new president has been named for ArcelorMittal Dofasco.

Sean Donnelly, who has been with the company since 1981, is a McMaster graduate and active in the community.

The appointment, to replace Jim Baske, was announced by the company Wednesday.

Before his appointment as president and chief executive officer, Donnelly held several management jobs, including positions as vice-president of manufacturing, vice-president technology, director of quality systems and manufacturing technology, general manager of market development and product applications, new product development process owner, galvanize technology business unit manager and operations foreman.

He joined Dofasco in 1981 as a production engineer in Galvanize after graduating from McMaster University with a degree in metallurgical engineering.

In the community, he is a member of several boards, including Baycoat, a subsidiary of ArcelorMittal Dofasco, McMaster's board of governors, the McMaster Innovation Park and the Royal Botanical Gardens.

Donnelly takes over a company recently honoured with a Canada Award for Excellence in the Healthy Workplace category, achieving a gold standard based on its "comprehensive and holistic approach to wellness."

Dofasco was the only steel company and one of only two manufacturing companies to receive the award.

He will also head a company in solid financial shape – earlier this year workers were told they would get the highest incentive and profit sharing payouts in a decade, some of which goes to retirement savings, which for an employee earning $70,000 was nearly $20,000.

AMD is also in the midst of a $273 million program of investments in its Hamilton operations, including an $87-million upgrade to its coke ovens, $153-million on its Number 6 galvanizing line and the $33-million temper mill.

The oldest of its coke batteries, which have angered neighbours for years with emissions, is to be closed in March.

Baske began his career in 1981 at LTV Steel. He then joined Copperweld as vice-president of operations in 2002. Copperweld was then acquired by Dofasco which was itself acquired by ArcelorMittal.

 

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