Mark Vassella Managing Director & CEO
Mark Vassella
Managing Director & CEO

Mark Vassella was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of BlueScope Steel in January 2018.

He joined the Company following BlueScope's 2007 acquisition of Smorgon Steel Distribution where he was the Chief Executive.  He was appointed Chief Executive Australian Distribution and Solutions before moving to the US as President, BlueScope Steel North America in 2008.  He returned to Australia in 2011 to take up the role of Chief Executive BlueScope Australia and New Zealand. 

Mr Vassella has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters of Business Administration. 

Mr Vassella lives in Melbourne, and is married with two children.  He is a past Board member, President and Treasurer of the Family Life charitable organisation, and is a stalwart supporter of the St Kilda Football Club.

Pat Finan Chief Executive Hot Rolled Products North America
Pat Finan
Chief Executive Hot Rolled Products North America
BSc Civil Engineering

In 2019 Mr Finan was appointed to the new role of Chief Executive Hot Rolled Products North America, responsible for North Star BlueScope Steel operations and the major expansion project at that business which will add a third electric arc furnace and second continuous slab caster. 

Previously Mr Finan was Chief Executive BlueScope Buildings.  He joined BlueScope Steel in 2004 and served as President of Butler Manufacturing before being named President BlueScope Buildings North America in 2008, and then President Global Building Solutions with responsibility for global project delivery, account management and business development for the global building solutions business.

John Nowlan Chief Executive Australian Steel Products
John Nowlan
Chief Executive Australian Steel Products
B. Mechanical Engineering (Hons), MBA

Mr Nowlan was appointed Chief Executive Australian Steel Products in January 2018.  He leads all major operations in Australia including the Company's key operations at Port Kembla (NSW) and Western Port (VIC), and is also responsible for leading manufacturing excellence across BlueScope’s global portfolio.

Previously Mr Nowlan was General Manager Manufacturing and General Manager New Zealand and Pacific Islands.  He has over 40 years’ experience in the steel industry in Australia, New Zealand and the United States, and has held executive roles covering all facets of steelmaking at BlueScope Steel. 

Gretta Stephens Chief Executive New Zealand & Pacific Islands
Gretta Stephens
Chief Executive New Zealand & Pacific Islands
BSc, B Engineering

Ms Stephens joined BlueScope as Chief Executive New Zealand & Pacific Islands on 25 June 2018. She leads the mining, manufacturing and downstream businesses in New Zealand and the Lysaght manufacturing and distribution businesses in the Pacific Islands. 

Ms Stephens joined BlueScope from New Zealand’s Aluminium Smelters, a joint venture between Pacific Aluminium and Sumitomo Chemical Company, where she had been General Manager and Chief Executive since 2013.  Previously, she was General Manager of Business Improvement & Technology for Pacific Aluminium’s four aluminium smelters across Australia and New Zealand.

A qualified engineer, Gretta has 27 years’ experience in the global aluminium industry, and has worked in aluminium smelting operations in Australia and New Zealand.

Alec Highnam Chief Executive BlueScope Buildings
Alec Highnam
Chief Executive BlueScope Buildings

In 2019 Mr Highnam was appointed Chief Executive BlueScope Buildings, leading the Company’s engineered steel building business in North America.  He also has executive responsibility for BlueScope's corporate interests in the US.  Previously he was President BlueScope North America. 

Mr Highnam has broad experience of BlueScope's business.  After joining the Company in 2005 as Vice President Remuneration, he was appointed Vice President Human Resources, BlueScope North America, then returned to Australia in 2011 to take up the role of Vice President People, BlueScope ANZ. Subsequently, as General Manager Distribution, he successfully restructured that business.  He joined the Executive Leadership Team in 2016 as Executive General Manager People. 


Tania Archibald Chief Financial Officer
Tania Archibald
Chief Financial Officer

Ms Archibald was appointed Chief Financial Officer on 1 March 2018, responsible for finance, treasury, taxation, supply, investor relations, investments, audit and insurance.  She joined the Executive Leadership Team on 1 April 2016 with responsibility for the optimisation of investment returns from BlueScope’s global coated products assets, in addition to her role as Chief Financial Officer, BlueScope ANZ, which she held from May 2015.

Previously, Ms Archibald was Vice President, Corporate Finance and Strategy, and former roles include Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, and finance leadership roles in Vietnam and Indonesia. Ms Archibald joined BlueScope (BHP) in 1996, and in recent years has played an important role in developing BlueScope’s strategic direction and in overseeing a number of mergers and acquisitions.  She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Debra Counsell Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary
Debra Counsell
Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary

Ms Counsell was appointed to the Executive Leadership Team with effect from 1 January 2017 and has responsibility for legal affairs.  She joined BlueScope in 2014, following an international career extending over 25 years in partner and equivalent roles at leading global law firms.

Ms Counsell specialises in commercial law, major projects, infrastructure and project finance and has worked throughout Australia, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East advising corporate, government and  financial institution clients on various commercial matters, in particular foreign investments, development and strategic projects (including mergers and acquisitions), corporate law and governance, in a variety of industries including mining, resources, energy and defence. 

Previously Ms Counsell held the position of General Counsel – Corporate at BlueScope and was responsible for the legal requirements of all strategic and development projects of BlueScope as well as all corporate head office legal requirements.

Andrew Garey Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer
Andrew Garey
Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer
BE Mechanical

Mr Garey was appointed Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer for BlueScope on 2 July 2018, responsible for working with leadership to set the company’s direction, transformation agenda and organisational capabilities for the future. This will include a global focus on: strategy; innovation; digital; marketing; and research & development.

Mr Garey joined BlueScope in 2008 as General Manager Strategic Marketing in the Australian business. Most recently he was General Manager Business Improvement in Australian Steel Products and before that, the General Manager of New Zealand Steel and Pacific Islands business.

Mr Garey came to BlueScope from Boral where he led the Sales and Marketing operations for their Timber division. His previous experience includes senior sales and strategy roles with Blackmores and consulting roles in strategy and business development with the Boston Consulting Group.

Kristie Keast Chief People Officer
Kristie Keast
Chief People Officer
B Applied Science (Safety)

Ms Keast was appointed Chief People Officer on 8 April 2019.  She is responsible for sustainability, health, safety and environment, remuneration and benefits, corporate affairs and organisation capability and performance.

Ms Keast has over 20 years’ experience working in OH&S across a range of industries and geographic regions. Her strengths are in change management and leading integration activities in newly acquired businesses and joint ventures, driving cultural change at all levels.  She started her career at BlueScope (BHP) in 1994 in Stevedoring and Chartering operations, and in 2001 was appointed National HSE Manager in the Market, Logistics & Solutions team.  She has held senior business safety roles in Australia and the US.  In 2014 she moved into an expanded role as Vice President Organisation Capability, and from 2016 held the role of General Manager People Australian Steel Products, where her strategic direction led to greater diversity and engagement in that business.

Ms Keast is a member of Australian HR Institute of Australia and the Safety Institute of Australia, and is a Board member of the Sports Access Foundation for children with a disability.