Chairman of the Gerdau Board of Directors, Jorge Gerdau Johannpeter received the 2013 Education Leadership Award in New York. The award is offered by Worldfund for personalities and institutions demonstrating strong commitment to education in Latin America as a form of economic and social development. The tribute is an acknowledgement of initiatives backed by Jorge Gerdau Johannpeter for improvement of education quality in Brazil, such as the All for Education Movement, Young Scientist Award, Junior Achievement and many more.Worldfund, founded in the United States in 2002, is an institution which seeks to promote training and improved working conditions for teachers and educators at schools in Latin America. Among personalities honored by Worldfund in previous years are Carlos Slim (Telmex), Roberto Civita (Abril Group), Jim O’Neil (Goldman Sachs Asset Management) and Muhtar Kent (The Coca-Cola Company).About GerdauGerdau is the leader in the segment of long steel in the Americas and one of the main suppliers of special long steel in the world. With over 45,000 employees, it has industrial operations in 14 countries — in the Americas, Europe, and Asia — which together represent an installed capacity of over 25 million metric tons of steel per year. It is the largest recycler in Latin America and in the world, and transforms each year millions of tons of scrap steel, reinforcing its commitment to sustainable development in the regions where it operates. Gerdau is listed on the stock exchanges of São Paulo, New York, and Madrid and has over 130,000 shareholders.