John Rowe – Lifetime Achievement Award



With a commitment to supporting and developing the stainless steel sector spanning an active and ongoing 30-year career in the industry,

John Rowe is honoured for his lifetime contribution of leadership, lobbying and education initiatives within a global context. From his current position as Secretary General and member of the Executive Board of the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF), based in Brussels, John Rowe continues to oversee the representation of all stainless steel producers across 76 members in 26 countries and lead the charge in the development of new stainless steel global markets.

Having first qualified and practiced as an attorney, John Rowe switched to a career in metals and minerals when he joined the ThyssenKrupp Group as CEO and became Vice Chairman of the Shanghai Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment.

Between 1991 to 2003, he was Director of International Sales and Marketing at Middelburg Steel and Alloys, during which time he was also a  member of the Executive Board of Sassda and of the South Africa Iron and Steel Institute. As well as being an active member of the Sassda Board, John Rowe has always been a strong champion of Sassda and the Awards, which he believes broaden the profile of the stainless industry and reward development efforts across a wide range of industrial users of stainless steel.

His ongoing efforts over the year, have helped place Sassda at the forefront of the Market Development Association, both in South Africa and abroad, and underpinned sustainable growth and the industry’s ability to tap into demand within the international market.