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 MISHAWAKA, Ind., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- National Steel Corporation (NYSE: NS) today announced that Kokichi Hagiwara, 69, plans to retire as chairman of the company's board of directors at year end.
 As part of a planned leadership transition, Hagiwara will be succeeded as chief executive officer today by Ronald H. Doerr, presently president and chief operating officer. Doerr will continue as president.
 The steel company also announced three other management changes and a realignment of reporting relationships that will take effect today. The management changes are:
 -- James N. Howell, from vice president-manufacturing to senior vice president and chief operating officer;
 -- Yoshito Tokumitsu, from vice president and assistant to the chairman to senior vice president and assistant to the chief executive officer; and
 -- David A. Chatfield, from vice president-engineering and diversified businesses, to vice president and general manger of the company's Great Lakes division. Chatfield will continue his responsibilities related to diversified businesses including two joint-venture galvanizing facilities.
 Under the company's new management structure, Howell, Tokumitsu and National Steel's senior financial, human resources and strategic planning officers will report to Doerr. The company's senior marketing and sales, planning and administration, engineering and information systems executives, as well as the general managers of its three operating divisions, will report to Howell.
 National also announced that Osamu Sawaragi, vice chairman of the board of directors since 1990, will succeed Hagiwara as chairman effective Jan. 1, 1994. Sawaragi is executive vice president-steel divisions of NKK Corporation, National's parent company.
 National steel is the nation's fourth-largest steel producer, with mills in Granite City, Ill., near St. Louis; Portage, Ind., near Chicago; and Ecorse, Mich., near Detroit. It has about 10,100 employees and is headquartered in Mishawaka.
 Biographical Sketches
 Hagiwara joined National Steel's parent company, NKK Corporation, in 1950 after receiving a degree in metallurgical engineering from Tokyo University. He rose through NKK to become head of its engineering division in 1985. He became National's president and chief operating officer and a member of the company's board of directors in 1986. In 1990 he was promoted to chairman and chief executive officer.
 Doerr joined National Steel's Granite City Division in 1966, moving up in its financial organization to become division controller. In 1976 he transferred to the company's Great Lakes Division, rising to the position of assistant to the president and group director in 1982. Later that year he transferred to the company's corporate staff as vice president and controller. He subsequently served as the corporation's executive vice president and chief financial officer. In 1990 he was elected president and chief operating officer and a member of the board of directors. Doerr holds a B.S. degree in business from Washington University.
 Howell joined National Steel in 1975 as director-environmental affairs of the company's Midwest Division. Two years later he moved to its Great Lakes Division, where he rose to the position of vice president-environmental, energy and public affairs. In 1982 he joined the corporate staff as director-engineering and subsequently became vice president-engineering and vice president-technology. In 1986 he was promoted to vice president and general manager of the Great Lakes Division, and in 1991, he returned to the corporate staff as vice president-manufacturing. He holds a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Michigan Technological University.
 Tokumitsu joined National Steel's parent, NKK Corporation, in 1959, following graduation from the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. He rose through NKK to become general manager of its sales planning department and, with NKK's acquisition of a 50 percent interest of National in 1984, he was named general manager of NKK's National Steel support and coordination team. He joined National in 1987 as vice president-distribution and services and became vice president and assistant to the chairman in 1992. He has been a member of the board of directors since 1990.
 Chatfield joined National's research and development department in 1965. He held several research, operational and quality control posts before being named vice president and general manager of the company's Midwest Division in 1984. In 1987, he joined the corporate staff as vice president-technology, and in 1992 he became vice president-engineering and diversified businesses. He holds an undergraduate degree in metallurgy from the University of Cincinnati and M.S. and doctorate degrees in the same discipline from Ohio State University.
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 /CONTACT: media, Robert R. Toothman 219-273-7552, or 412-391-1469, or analysts, Joseph A. Rainis, 219-273-7158, of National Steel/

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