March 31, 2004

MSCI Names Ann Zastrow as Vice President, Education

March 31, 2004

MSCI Names Ann Zastrow as Vice President, Education

CHICAGO, March 31, 2004 – Ann K. Zastrow, a widely experienced human resources executive, has been named vice president, education, for the Metals Service Center Institute, effective April 13. She succeeds Rose Manfredini, who becomes MSCI’s vice president, member information services and events.

 Zastrow has worked in the metals and distribution industries in a range of human resources functions. She was director of compensation for Alliant Exchange, Inc., parent of Alliant Foodservice, and served as organization development manager, employee relations manager, training manager, a labor relations representative, and a human resources generalist for Inland Steel Industries and its Inland Steel Company, I/N Tek, and I/N Kote subsidiaries. She also served as Inland’s investor and public relations manager, and was an employee relations fellow for the American Iron and Steel Institute. She most recently founded and operated Zastrow Consulting, a human resources consulting firm.

Zastrow holds a B.A. in humanities from Michigan State University, and a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School. She is a former president and board member of the Chicago Abused Women Coalition, a private organization that seeks to end violence against women.

“MSCI is poised to ramp up its education and training programs this year, including a range of new resources that will give our members access to a new level of thought leadership and business knowledge,” said Bob Weidner, MSCI’s president and chief executive officer. “Because of her experience and proven ability, Ann Zastrow is the ideal person to lead our education initiatives. She will add tremendous value to our program.”

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Manfredini has been with MSCI for four years after nearly two decades with the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers. In her new position, she will be responsible for planning and on-site coordination of the institute’s conferences and meetings, and she will develop and improve its member database.

“Rose is a perfect match for this important job,” Weidner said. “Her conference and meeting skills are outstanding. She thoroughly understands what it takes to put on a premier program with efficiency, innovation, and close attention to detail. We are also counting on her to improve substantially the accuracy and size of our database.”

Founded in 1907, the Metals Service Center Institute has more than 350 members operating from about 1,200 locations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and elsewhere around the world. Together, MSCI members constitute the largest single group of metals purchasers in North America, amounting each year to more than 50 million tons of steel, aluminum and other metals, with about 300,000 manufacturers and fabricators as customers. Metals service centers distribute metals and provide first-stage fabrication services.

Contact:   Jon Kalkwarf, 773-867-1300 x105