Geneva Steel has restructured its top management, with its board of directors electing Robert J. Grow as president and chief operating officer and James T. Young as vice president of corporate communications.

Grow, 41, previously served as Geneva's executive vice president and chief operating officer; Young, 37, steps up from his previous position as senior director of corporate communications.Grow will continue to oversee the manufacturing-leadership team and capital-improvements task force - the former directs day-to-day plant operations, while the latter oversees all plant modernization projects.

Joe Cannon will continue as Geneva's chairman of the board and chief executive officer. He will also continue to chair the company's management committee, overseeing all company activities.

Cannon and Grow will retain their majority control over the company's voting stock shares.

"The idea is to align our management structure the way most companies are aligned," Cannon said.

Cannon said the board of directors had been thinking about realigning its management structure for "many, many months" and that the decision to do so was "independent of any political considerations."

Cannon is interested in running for the U.S. Senate if Jake Garn opts not to run for his seat again.

"This would happen whether I run or not," he said.

As a vice president, Young will represent Geneva on civic and community boards and will have the authority to make legally binding decisions on behalf of the company, Cannon said.

"I guess I've felt for a long time that the corporate communications person should be a vice president, and in most major companies it is," Cannon said.

Grow assisted in the purchase negotiations and directed the cost restructuring of Geneva Steel when the plant was purchased from USX Corporation. He has an electrical engineering degree from the University of Utah and a law degree from Brigham Young University.

Young graduated from BYU with a degree in political science. He is the former director of the Utah County Travel Council. He worked for USX Corp. at Geneva Steel from 1976 to 1985.