PITTSBURGH, Feb. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- TMS International Corp.(NYSE: TMS), the parent company of Tube City IMS Corporation, a leading provider of outsourced industrial services to steel mills globally, today announced the appointment of Sara A. Hornby, Ph.D., as Director of Marketing for the company's Optimization Group segment of its Raw Material and Optimization Group. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110406/MM78984LOGO ) Dr. Hornby will be responsible for research, strategic planning, technical business development, and sales and marketing for the company's Optimization Group. "Research and development is a vital driver of innovation for the company. The company's ongoing mission is to continually develop new processes for its customers and to further enhance its technological research capability. Our customers expect innovative service offerings and Sara will help drive that goal. She will add strong leadership, structure and marketing presence, and compliment our software engineers, as well as our account technicians who operate our liquid steel and alloy models with our customers," said David Aronson, President and COO, Raw Material and Optimization Group. "Sara is an acclaimed lecturer and published author of numerous articles on steel related topics and has been awarded a number of patents in the industry," Mr. Aronson said. "She brings a tremendous wealth of knowledge in the industry, with more than 30 years of experience. We are delighted she has joined the team and look forward to her vision in moving the company's Optimization product offering to new levels." Previously, Dr. Hornby was a principal at Global Strategic Solutions in Charlotte, NC. She also worked at Process Technology International, Inc., in Atlanta, GA; Midrex Technologies Inc. in Charlotte; Tenova Goodfellow in Mississauga, Canada; and Air Liquide in Canada and the United States and British Steel Corporation (now Tata Steel), Rotherham, UK. "Most significantly, in a number of her prior positions, she was instrumental in developing melt technology enhancements for steel manufacturers," Mr. Aronson said.