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Edgar Filing: RYERSON TULL INC /DE/ - Form DEF 14A


Following the Annual Meeting, the Board will consist of eight directors. All directors are elected by a plurality of the votes cast at the Annual Meeting. The outcome of the election is not affected by holders of voting securities who abstain from voting or withhold authority to vote in the election, or by broker non-votes. If any nominee should become unavailable for election, which we do not anticipate, proxies may be voted for the election of another person or persons designated by the Board, unless the Board has taken prior action to reduce its membership. The directors elected at the 2003 Annual Meeting will serve a one-year term, expiring at the 2004 Annual Meeting, and until their successors are duly elected and qualified.

Nominees for Election

The nominees for election to the Board are described in brief biographies below. The period of service as a director shown for Mr. James Henderson includes the period during which he served as a director of our former subsidiary Inland Steel Company. The Board held five meetings during 2002. All incumbent directors attended at least 75% of the combined total number of meetings of the Board and committees on which they served. All nominees for the 2003 Board are presently serving as directors.

JAMESON A. BAXTERDirector of pre-merger Ryerson Tull since January 1999

Director of Ryerson Tull since February 1999 Mrs. Baxter, age 59, has been President of Baxter Associates, Inc., a private management consulting and investment firm, since 1986. She also was Vice President and Principal of Regency Group, Inc., an investment banking firm, from 1989 to 1992. She served as Vice President of The First Boston Corporation, an investment banking firm, from 1975 to 1986, and held various other positions at The First Boston Corporation from 1965 to 1975. She is a member of our Compensation and Nominating and Governance Committees. She is a director of Banta Corporation and The Putnam Fund.

RICHARD G. CLINE Director of pre-merger Ryerson Tull since 1996

Director of Ryerson Tull since February 1999 Mr. Cline, age 68, is Chairman of Hawthorne Investors, Inc., a private management advisory services and investment firm, which he founded in 1996. He was Chairman of Hussmann International, Inc., a manufacturer and service provider of merchandising and refrigeration systems for the commercial food industry, from January 1998 until June 2000. He served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of NICOR, Inc., a diversified holding company with subsidiaries engaged in natural gas distribution and containerized liner shipping, from 1986 to 1995, and as its President and Chief Operating Officer from 1985 to 1988 and from 1990 to 1994. For the previous 22 years, he was an executive of Jewel Companies, Inc., becoming Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer in 1984. He is a member of our Audit and Nominating and Governance Committees. Mr. Cline also is a director of Kmart Corporation and PepsiAmericas, Inc., and Chairman and a trustee of Northern Institutional Funds and Northern Funds, registered investment companies. He is a past chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.



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