The American Iron and Steel Institute announced that Mr Christopher Kristock has been named Vice President of Automotive Program for AISI effective 20 June 2022. Mr Kristock succeeds Mr John Catterall, who is retiring, and who has led AISI’s automotive program since 2020 and previously led the Auto/Steel Partnership, a partnership of automotive companies, manufacturers, steel producers and tier suppliers. As the leader of the automotive program for the American steel industry, Mr Kristock will focus on maintaining steel’s role as the automotive material of choice. Kristock will be responsible for leadership of AISI’s Automotive Applications Council, a group of AISI member steel producers focused on automotive innovation, education and technology transfer activities. Mr Kristock’s career has spanned roles as a scientist, manufacturing engineer and quality assurance leader. Since 2014 he has held several positions of responsibility at an automotive metal processor including vice president of quality and technology. Previously, he served as vice president quality and product development at Severstal North America and was co-chairman of their international global technology system. His lifetime career experience also includes quality assurance, product development, advanced engineering, technical service, process engineering, metallurgy, steelmaking and casting in both basic oxygen furnace & electric arc furnace operations.