John P. Surma was born in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1954. He graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. Mr. Surma joined Price Waterhouse LLP in 1976, and in 1981 he served in the Manchester, England, office of the Price Waterhouse United Kingdom firm. In 1987, he was admitted to the partnership. In 1983, Mr. Surma participated in the President's Executive Exchange Program in Washington, D.C., where he served as executive staff assistant to the vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board. In 1997, Mr. Surma joined Marathon Oil Company as senior vice president of finance & accounting. He was appointed president of Speedway Super America, LLC in 1998, and senior vice president of supply & transportation for Marathon Ashland Petroleum, LLC (MAP) in 2000. He was named president of MAP on January 1, 2001.
Effective with his separation from USX Corporation, he became vice chairman and chief financial officer of United States Steel Corporation on January 1, 2002. He was named president in March 2003, and president and chief operating officer in June 2003. He was elected president and chief executive officer in 2004, and chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer in February 2006. Mr. Surma is a member of the board of directors of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation and Marathon Petroleum Corporation. He was appointed by President Barack Obama to the president's Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations and currently serves as vice chairman. He serves as treasurer of the board of directors of the World Steel Association, and previously held the titles of chairman and vice chairman. He is also a member of the board of directors of the American Iron and Steel Institute, and previously served as chairman and vice chairman of the organization. Mr. Surma is also a current member of both the National Petroleum Council and The Business Council. Additionally, he is a member of the board of directors and executive committee of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and serves as the organization's current chairman; is vice chairman of Penn State University's Board of Trustees and a member of its Smeal College of Business' Board of Visitors; and is chairman of the board of directors for the Allegheny County (PA) Parks Foundation.