Christine Breves

2020 STEP Ahead Honoree

Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
United States Steel Corporation

I enjoy working in manufacturing because I like making tangible things.  I particularly like working in steel manufacturing because I believe it is so important that our country preserves the ability to make something so fundamental and integral to our entire economy.

Christine S. Breves became senior vice president & chief financial officer in November 2019. In this role, Ms. Breves leads all aspects of the company’s financial responsibilities, including internal and external reporting, credit, tax, treasury services, investor relations, pension responsibilities, internal controls and internal audit administrative oversight. She also continues to lead the company’s Procurement function with responsibility for the enhancement and execution of the company’s procurement and sourcing strategies including raw materials, indirect materials and services, energy and capital procurement.

Ms. Breves joined U. S. Steel in 2013 as vice president and chief procurement officer. In 2014, she assumed responsibility for the company’s logistics services organization and Transtar, U. S. Steel’s short-line railroad subsidiary, and one year later, she was named vice president and chief supply chain officer after adding sales and operations planning (S&OP) to her area of responsibility.

In 2017, Ms. Breves was appointed senior vice president – manufacturing support & chief supply chain officer, assuming responsibility for the following additional areas: corporate engineering; quality; reliability; process health; transformation; information technology; business support; leadership of U. S. Steel’s $2 billion asset revitalization program; and the implementation of reliability centered maintenance.

Prior to coming to U. S. Steel, Ms. Breves held increasingly responsible executive positions at Alcoa which culminated in her serving as chief procurement officer. In this role, Ms. Breves led a global transformation of Alcoa’s procurement organization.

Ms. Breves is a magna cum laude graduate of the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C., where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and received The Wall Street Journal Award given annually to the top business school graduate. Ms. Breves earned a master’s degree in business administration from The Citadel, also in Charleston. She is a past recipient of the Business Person of the Year Award from the College of Charleston School of Business.

Ms. Breves served on the board of directors of Quadrem, an e-commerce marketplace, as well as several professional non-profit boards. She is a certified purchasing manager, a past chairman of CAPS Research Advisory Board, and a past member of the national board of directors of the Institute of Supply Management (ISM). She was the 2018 recipient of ISM’s J. Shipman Gold Medal Award for contributions to the advancement of purchasing and supply management.

As an engagement champion for her department, Jennifer is a professional resource and a torchbearer for initiatives that support team-building and employee growth. She is involved in the Engagement Champion BuildME team, which offers networking and development opportunities for NNS employees. She also is a mentor at NNS, helping individuals find out how they fit within the company’s overall strategy.

In addition to providing these support services within NNS, Jennifer currently serves as an “eMentor” through a program that pairs qualified individuals with elementary-school–aged children in low-income areas. This type of mentoring is very meaningful to Jennifer, who grew up in a low-income community without STEM mentors. She always wants to help children realize all the opportunities available to them.