ResponsibleSteel Appoints New CEO to Lead Growth Agenda

The Board of ResponsibleSteel today announces that it has appointed leading steel industry sustainability expert, Annie Heaton, as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective June 13, 2022.

Following an international search and selection process, led by a combined RS civil society and business selection panel, Annie was chosen as the preferred CEO, from a strong field of candidates.

Annie has spent the last eight years shaping ArcelorMittal’s sustainability agenda. Prior to this, she worked with the global renewable energy company RES and several non-profit organisations, including ActionAid and Save the Children.

ResponsibleSteel Chairman, Gerry Tidd, said; “This vital role attracted talented executives from around the world, demonstrating how important sustainability is in the global steel sector. Annie Heaton was chosen for her expertise and experience and her clear vision and strategy for taking ResponsibleSteel to the next phase of growth and development.”

“Annie joins us from a senior sustainability role with major international steelmaker, and founding RS member, ArcelorMittal. Her appointment comes at a critical and exciting time for ResponsibleSteel; our membership is growing, steelmaking sites are being audited and certified, and the world’s first standard for certification of steel products is nearing completion and being prepared for launch,” Mr Tidd said.

Based in London, Annie Heaton will lead the RS Secretariat to drive sustainability through the steel industry, with a keen focus on expansion in Asia and North America.

Of her selection as CEO, Ms Heaton said, “I am proud and delighted to be joining ResponsibleSteel to lead it into a new phase of growth and significance. The world understands that consistent credible sustainability standards are needed to support the steel sector’s progress to a sustainable, decarbonised industry. ResponsibleSteel is ready to meet this need.”

She continued, “2022 is an exciting year for ResponsibleSteel, its Members, and the decarbonisation of the steel industry. I am delighted to be taking the helm at such an important time and look forward to starting in June.”


Ali Lucas, Acting CEO:

+44 7786 546724

Savannah Hayes, Communications Manager:

+44 7588 785909

Denise Meredith, Communications and Media Consultant:

+44 7930 531128

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