May 7, 2006

MSCI Launches Strategic Metals Management Program to Train a New Generation of Metals Industry Leaders

May 07, 2006

MSCI Launches Strategic Metals Management Program to Train a New Generation of Metals Industry Leaders

ROLLING MEADOWS, Illinois, –  Reviving and significantly updating a valued executive education series, the Metals Service Center Institute will launch this fall Strategic Metals Management, a series of advanced business courses for high-potential metals industry executives from mills, service centers and related businesses.

The program is a partnership with the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis. Each Strategic Metals Management class will receive five weeks of instruction at Olin’s Charles F.Knight Executive Education Center. That formal instruction and related independent research and learning are spread over a 20-month period.

Instructional modules, each designed to hone business skills while developing strategic perspective and insight, include:

·         Strategy, Organizations and Shareholder Value

·         Achieving Market Focus

·         Driving Operational Excellence

·         Creating Value and Sustaining Profitable Growth

·         Managing and Leading High-Performance Organizations

“This program has the potential to develop the next generation of metals industry leadership,” said M. Robert Weidner, III, MSCI’s president and chief executive officer. “It will be the industry’s only concentrated and highly sophisticated course for executives who are on the path to senior executive management. We’re launching this at a time when there is an acute need throughout the metals industry to build management strength. We believe this program responds directly to that need for the entire metals industry.”

The Strategic Metals Management faculty will include Olin School professors and business leaders with special areas of expertise. Charles F. Knight, chairman emeritus of global manufacturer Emerson and its CEO for 27 years, has agreed to be among the instructors.

Strategic Metals Management is the conceptual successor to Advanced Service Center Management I and II, executive-level courses for service center executives that were discontinued in 1999. Many current industry leaders attended those courses. Strategic Metals Management, in contrast, is a broader and more intensive course of study designed for executives from the entire industry, including metals producers, distributors, fabricators, processors and others.

Each class will be limited to 35 students, and companies will be limited to two participants in each class. Students are required to enroll for the complete course of study and will not be permitted to pick and choose among the instructional modules. Graduates will receive a certificate of completion from the Olin School of Business and MSCI. For additional information, see the MSCI web site atwww.msci.org, or speak with Ann Zastrow, vice president, education, at 847-485-3012 (azastrow@msci.org).


About MSCI

Founded in 1907, the Metals Service Center Institute has more than 400 members operating from about 1,200 locations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and elsewhere in the world. Together, MSCI members constitute the largest single group of metals purchasers in North America, amounting each year to more than 65 million tons of steel, aluminum, and other metals, with about 300,000 manufacturers and fabricators as customers. MSCI’s membership also includes almost all ferrous and non-ferrous industrial metals producers in North America. Metals service centers inventory and distribute metals and provide first-stage fabrication services.



Ann Zastrow, vice president, education (847) 485-3012


Steve Weiner, Readmore Communications, (847) 485-3011