NEW YORK Roger Phillips,
former president and chief executive officer of Ipsco
Inc., has died.
The cause of death was not
immediately known, and family members of Phillips could not be
Phillips led the company for 20
years, transforming it from a Regina, Saskatchewan-based
regional pipe and tube company into a binational presence and
overseeing a nearly fivefold increase in its production
capacity. Under his leadership, Ipsco replaced its ingot-making
facility with a modern continuous slab caster, beginning a
transformation that expanded operations to Mobile, Ala., as
well as Montpelier, Iowa. He retired from the company at the
end of 2001.
"Roger Phillips, when he was the
CEO of Ipsco, was a true leader in the North American mini-mill
industry," Thomas A. Danjczek, president of the Steel
Manufacturers Association, told AMM. "He led
significant change in mini-mill plate production at several
facilities and led a very successfully financial company."
Ipsco grew from a micro-mill
with an annual capacity of some 700,000 tons into a
3.5-million-ton giant under Phillips watch, Danjczek
said. "On a personal basis, he was energetic, enthusiastic and
a true leader in the business."
Thomas J. Gibson, president and
chief executive officer of the American Iron and Steel
Institute, said Phillips was a champion of the steel
industry and a true visionary of the U.S. manufacturing sector
for over 20 years.
Born in 1939, Phillips studied physics at McGill University.
After graduating, he joined Alcan Inc. and rose to the role of
vice president before moving to Ipsco in 1981.
Phillips served on the boards of
many companies and organizations throughout his career, and
also amassed many honors. In 1997, the London-based Institute
of Physics named him a fellowan honor typically reserved
for research scientistsand in 1999 he was invested as an
Officer of the Order of Canada. The AISI awarded him its
prestigious Gary Memorial Medal for extraordinary contributions
to the North American steel industry in 2002 (
amm.com, May 23, 2002).
New York, contributed to this story.