AK Steel announced that Roger K. Newport, AK Steel Chief Executive Officer, has been named 2017 Steelmaker of the Year by the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST). The award is presented annually to recognize notable leaders for their impact on the steel industry.
AIST said that Newport is being recognized for his strategic and dynamic leadership at AK Steel, engaging and empowering employees to drive innovation, quality, safety, environmental stewardship, and productivity. AIST also noted that he is a leader in the industry, fighting for steel manufacturing in America, and serves as a voice for support and change in the domestic and global steel industry.
"I am humbled by this honor from AIST," said Mr. Newport. "With more than 30 years in the steel industry at AK Steel, I'm proud to accept this recognition not only for my efforts, but on behalf of all employees at our company who drive innovation in steel products and processes to surpass our customers' needs today and for the future."
The award will be presented May 9, 2017 at AISTech 2017, the Iron & Steel Technology Conference and Exposition, in Nashville, Tenn.
Roger Newport was named chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors of AK Steel effective 1 January 2016. Newport started his career with the company in 1985 in the accounting department. He advanced through a number of increasingly responsible finance, sales and marketing roles at the corporate headquarters and the company’s Middletown Works. He was named controller in 2001 and chief accounting officer in 2004. He advanced to vice president, business planning and development in 2010, and vice president, finance and chief financial officer in 2012. He was named senior vice president, finance and chief financial officer in 2014, and executive vice president, finance and chief financial officer in 2015.
Newport serves as vice chairman of the board of directors of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) and is chairman of the AISI Finance Committee. He is a member of the board of directors of the World Steel Association, and a member of the Steel Market Development Institute CEO Group. Newport is a member of the Washington, D.C., USA-based Business Roundtable. He is also a member of Financial Executives International.
AIST is an international technical association of more than 17,500 professional and student members, representing iron and steel producers, their allied suppliers and related academia. The association is dedicated to advancing the technical development, production, processing and application of iron and steel.
(Source: AK Steel and AIST press releases)