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U.S. Steel names new executives

February 6, 2017 - United States Steel Corp. Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer David B. Burritt today announced two executive appointments. James F. Dudek has been named vice president – asset revitalization and manufacturing excellence, and Pipasu H. Soni will serve as vice president – finance. Both appointments were effective February 1.

Dudek and Soni will continue to be based at the company's Pittsburgh headquarters, and both will join the company's executive management team.

"Jim and Pipasu have made key contributions to U. S. Steel's Carnegie Way transformation," Burritt said. "Their new roles highlight the continued emphasis we will place on improving our balance sheet and driving value for our customers, stockholders and employees by improving the things that matter most to them: safety, reliability, delivery, quality and cost."

Dudek will be responsible for working with our Commercial Entities to develop and implement U. S. Steel's asset revitalization strategy, oversee product quality for all North American Flat-Rolled operations, and accelerate company-wide reliability centered maintenance efforts. In addition, he will retain leadership for the company's engineering and Carnegie Way transformation organizations.

Dudek has been with the company for 20 years and most recently served as managing director of strategic planning and support with responsibility for The Carnegie Way transformation and engineering, as well as support for the company's corporate strategy activities. He previously served as general manager of strategy and transformation, director of global manufacturing strategy and was plant manager of Mon Valley Works' Clairton Plant coke making facility. During his early years with the company, he advanced through increasingly responsible roles in quality assurance and rolling and finishing operations at Gary Works.

Dudek earned a bachelor's degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and he was awarded a master's degree in business administration from DePaul University.

Soni will retain his current leadership of U. S. Steel's financial planning and analysis (FP&A) activities, which includes corporate FP&A and Commercial Entity finance. He will also retain responsibility for strategy and business development. He will assume added leadership for corporate controllership, corporate risk management and treasury functions.

Soni joined U. S. Steel in April 2016 as managing director of FP&A. Prior to joining U. S. Steel, he spent six years at Pentair, where he advanced through significant director-level positions in strategy and finance. In 2012, he was appointed vice president of business analysis and planning, where he was responsible for corporate FP&A as well as operations and commercial finance. Soni also held important managerial roles in international and business unit finance, corporate development and controllership at Honeywell. In addition, he served in manufacturing and design engineering positions while at Ingersoll-Rand.

Soni graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He has earned two master's degrees: business administration with an emphasis in finance from Cornell University and mechanical engineering from Clemson University. He is currently pursuing his Certified Management Accountant (CMA) certification.

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