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Our Executive

Our Leadership

Throughout more than a century of building superior quality steel products, our leadership has consistently worked with employees to engineer Stelco’s operations around a changing marketplace and the evolving needs of customers.

Working closely with leadership teams in partner sectors, Stelco leaders analyze the latest data and industry forecasts to understand and innovate on the requirements of the automotive, construction, infrastructure, agriculture, appliance, manufacturing and pipe and tube industries.

Alan Kestenbaum
Executive Chairman

Alan Kestenbaum has an extensive investing and operating experience in the natural resources sectors as well as a successful track record in turnarounds and restructurings.  He currently is employed by   Stelco Holdings Inc, a Canadian integrated steel mill (TSX:STLC ), and currently serves as its Executive Chairman where he is responsible for strategic direction and growth initiatives, and was its Chief Executive Officer from July 2017 to February 2019.  Mr. Kestenbaum founded Bedrock Industries in 2015 in partnership with Lindsay Goldberg, where he is its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for setting the vision, strategy, investment objectives and providing direction to achieve the strategic objectives of the company.  He was also the Executive Chairman and founder of Globe Specialty Metals and was the former Executive Chairman of Ferroglobe PLC (NASDAQ: GSM).  

Prior to forming Globe Specialty Metals, Mr. Kestenbaum founded Marco International, a leading international metals trader and investor, and led its expansion in North America and around the globe. Prior to founding Marco International, he was employed by Glencore and then Philipp Brothers. In 2019 he became a minority owner and limited partner of the Atlanta Falcons. He has a BA in Economics from Yeshiva University and has been involved in numerous educational and communal boards.

David Cheney
Chief Executive Officer

David Cheney has been our Chief Executive Officer since February 20, 2019. He has previously served as Stelco’s Executive Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer. Mr. Cheney has extensive advisory, capital markets and restructuring expertise, with a focus on the metals and mining sector. Prior to joining Stelco, Mr. Cheney was an investment banker with roles at J.P. Morgan, Deutsche Bank and most recently he was responsible for the metals and mining practice at Wells Fargo Securities. Mr. Cheney has also been with Bedrock since its formation in 2015.

Don P. Newman
Chief Financial Officer

Don P. Newman has been our Chief Financial Officer since August 2017. Mr. Newman brings over 30 years of corporate finance and accounting experience within the energy, drilling services and materials industries. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Newman was Chief Financial Officer at Headwaters Incorporated, a manufacturer of building products and construction materials.

Prior to Headwaters Incorporated, Mr. Newman was Interim Chief Financial Officer and Vice PresidentCorporate Controller of Boart Longyear Limited, an ASX-listed public company (ASX:BLY) and the world’s leading core drilling company. Prior to Boart Longyear Limited, Mr. Newman was Chief Accounting Officer and Vice President Controller of ACI Worldwide, Inc., a leader in transactional software and services. Prior to ACI Worldwide, Inc., Mr. Newman held a number of finance and accounting leadership roles with NRG Energy, Inc. a global leader in energy. Mr. Newman started his career with Deloitte LLP in its assurance practice.

Sujit Sanyal
Chief Operating Officer

Sujit Sanyal has been our Chief Operating Officer since September 2017. Mr. Sanyal is an accomplished senior executive with more than 38 years of management and leadership distinctions in the steel industry. He has a track record of success in achieving revenue, profit and business growth objectives through strategic planning, budgeting, cost and financial control and capital project execution.

Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Sanyal was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Arcelor Mittal Long Products Canada located in Contrecoeur, Quebec. He has held various positions, including General Manager, VP (Operations), and Chief Operating Officer at Arcelor Mittal Long Products Canada (‘‘AMLP’’). Mr. Sanyal holds a Master of Technology degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and completed the Executive Management program at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.