Donches Steps Down at Bethlehem Steel
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Donches Steps Down at Bethlehem Steel

Stephen Donches is retiring as vice president of public affairs at Bethlehem Steel Corporation. He will take a new position as president and chief executive officer of the National Museum of Industrial History.

Paul Holmes

BETHLEHEM, February 13—Stephen Donches is retiring as vice president of public affairs at Bethlehem Steel Corporation. He will take a new position as president and chief executive officer of the National Museum of Industrial History, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.
 
Says Bethlehem chairman and chief executive Robert Miller, “Steve Donches has been on the front lines for Bethlehem in his public affairs’ role for almost 30 years, and has brought significant recognition to our corporation in government and public affairs and, in recent years, to our brownfield development at Bethlehem Works and Bethlehem Commerce Center. His commitment, expertise and full devotion to Bethlehem will be sorely missed.”
 
Donches joined Bethlehem in 1967 as a member of the company’s management training program, and his initial assignment was in the tax division of the accounting department. He transferred to the public affairs department in 1973, become manager of state government affairs in 1982 and three years later assumed responsibility for the corporation’s corporate support programs and community relations. In 1987, he was appointed vice president, state and community affairs, and was elected vice president, public affairs in 1992.
 
Says Donches, “Our nation and our community have such a rich industrial heritage, and I am honored and thrilled to play a role in helping to see that story told here in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, at the historic site of the Bethlehem Plant.”
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