Updated: 08/11/2014 10:14 PM
Created: 08/11/2014 2:27 PM WDIO.com
After a shakeup of the Board of Directors of Cliffs Natural Resources, the new CEO has come out with a message about the company.
Lourenco Goncalves' introduction was posted on the Cliffs website on Friday. It says, "Cliffs has tremendous inherent value, and I am truly excited that the shareholders have emphatically demonstrated that they agree with me."
"Our strategy going forward is crystal clear. Our domestic operations in iron ore are the bedrock of this Company. We will continue to enhance them and, together with the men and women working hard at the mine sites, we will make the business stronger, resilient, and more profitable."
Steelworker leadership out at the international convention in Las Vegas this week told Eyewitness News over the phone that it's nice to hear Goncalves supports the domestic industry, and that they have a meeting with him next month.
Cliffs owns or manages three of the six mines in the Northland: United Taconite, Hibbing Taconite, and Northshore Mining.
Hibtac union president Frank Jenko said that some of the workers had been feeling a sense of uncertainty. But from his perspective, this is a management change, and that management will be looking to be more efficient. "I don't see a lot of changes on our end," Jenko said over the phone.
According to his bio, Goncalves has leadership experience as a CEO from other companies, like Metal USA Holdings Corp and California Steel Industries.
He was the choice of Casablanca Capital, one of Cliffs' larger shareholders and an investment group, to lead Cliffs. Once Casablanca was able to gain control of the board of directors through a shareholder vote late in July, the choice of Goncalves seemed inevitable. The Board voted to name him CEO late last week. Immediate past CEO Gary Halvorsen has retained his seat on the board.
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