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AK Steel Holding Corp (AKS)

AKS on New York Consolidated

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Kirk Reich

48 2016 President, Chief Operating Officer

Roger Newport

52 2016 Chief Executive Officer, Director

Jaime Vasquez

54 2016 Chief Financial Officer, Vice President - Finance

Gregory Hoffbauer

50 2016 Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President, Controller

Brian Bishop

45 2016 Vice President - Carbon Steel Operations

Michael Kercsmar

45 2016 Vice President - Specialty Steel Operations

Joseph Alter

39 2015 Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary

Scott Lauschke

47 2015 Vice President - Sales and Customer Service

Stephanie Bisselberg

46 2013 Vice President - Human Resources

Renee Filiatraut

53 2014 Vice President - Litigation, Labor and External Affairs

Eric Petersen

47 2015 Vice President - Research and Innovation

Maurice Reed

54 2012 Vice President - Engineering, Raw Materials and Energy

Robert Jenkins

73 2006 Lead Independent Director

Dwayne Wilson

58 2017 Director

Arlene Yocum

59 2017 Director

Dennis Cuneo

67 2008 Independent Director

Sheri Edison

60 2014 Independent Director

Mark Essig

59 2013 Independent Director

William Gerber

63 2007 Independent Director

Gregory Kenny

64 2016 Independent Director

Ralph Michael

62 2007 Independent Director

James Thomson

72 1996 Independent Director

Vicente Wright

64 2013 Independent Director

Douglas Mitterholzer

2017 Investor Relations and Assistant Treasurer

Biographies

Name Description

Kirk Reich

Mr. Kirk W. Reich is President, Chief Operating Officer of the Company. Prior to that, He served as Executive Vice President, Manufacturing since May 2015. Before assuming that role, Mr. Reich served as Senior Vice President, Manufacturing since May 2014, as Vice President, Procurement and Supply Chain Management since May 2012 and as Vice President, Specialty Steel Operations since June 2010. Prior to that, Mr. Reich served in a variety of other capacities since joining us in 1989, including General Manager—Middletown Works, Manager—Mobile Maintenance/Maintenance Technology, General Manager—Mansfield Works, Manager—Processing and Shipping, Technical Manager, Process Manager and Civil Engineer.

Roger Newport

Mr. Roger K. Newport is Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. Prior to that, Mr. Newport is our Chief Executive Officer. He began his career with us in 1985 in the accounting department and quickly advanced through a number of increasingly responsible finance, sales and marketing roles at the corporate headquarters and at Middletown Works. He has broad and deep experience with our business, serving in a variety of officer-level roles. These roles began with Mr. Newport being elected Controller, then progressed to Chief Accounting Officer. Later, Mr. Newport was named Vice President, Business Planning and Development, and Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer. In 2014, he was named Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, and Executive Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer in 2015. His long and varied tenure with us provides him with comprehensive knowledge of our business and the steel industry generally. In addition, Mr. Newport provides insight into the broader industry as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Iron and Steel Institute and the World Steel Association, and member of the Steel Market Development Institute CEO Group. As the only Director on the Board who is also a member of Management, he is able to provide the Board with an “insider’s view” of all facets of our business. Mr. Newport constantly engages with employees at multiple levels, and through his communication, experience and leadership skills provides the Board with valuable input and acumen.

Jaime Vasquez

Mr. Jaime Vasquez is Chief Financial Officer, Vice President - Finance of the Company. Before joining us in September 2014 as Director, Finance, He held several positions with Carpenter Technology Corporation, including Vice President, Chief Financial Officer for the Performance Engineered Products Group from October 2013; Vice President, Corporate Development from July 2011; President, Asia Pacific; and Vice President, Treasurer and Investor Relations.

Gregory Hoffbauer

Mr. Gregory A. Hoffbauer has been promoted as Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President, Controller of the Company. Prior to that, He served as Controller and Chief Accounting Officer since February 2013. Before joining us as Assistant Controller in January 2011, Mr. Hoffbauer was Director of Accounting with NewPage Corporation. Mr. Hoffbauer also was Controller for Day International, Inc. and served in a number of increasingly responsible accounting and auditing positions for Deloitte & Touche LLP, including Audit Senior Manager.

Brian Bishop

Mr. Brian K. Bishop is Vice President - Carbon Steel Operations of the Company. Prior to that, He served as Director, Carbon Steel Operations since July 2015 and General Manager, Dearborn Works since September 2014. Prior to that, Mr. Bishop was General Manager—Maintenance, Repair and Operations Purchasing since May 2013 and General Manager, Middletown Works since June 2010. Since joining us in 1995, Mr. Bishop progressed through a number of positions, including General Manager—Mansfield Works, Manager—Occupational Safety and Health and Shift Manager at Middletown Works.

Michael Kercsmar

Mr. Michael A. Kercsmar is Vice President - Specialty Steel Operations of the Company. Prior to that, He served as Director, Specialty Steel Operations since July 2015 and General Manager, Coshocton Works and Zanesville Works since June 2013. Prior to that, Mr. Kercsmar served as General Manager, Mansfield Works since June 2010. Mr. Kercsmar served in a number of roles since joining us in 1997, including Manager—Occupational Safety and Health at Middletown Works, Department Manager—South Coating, and Shift Manager in the cold strip mill at Middletown Works .

Joseph Alter

Mr. Joseph C. Alter is Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Company. Prior to that, He served as Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer since May 2014 and Assistant General Counsel, Corporate and Chief Compliance Officer since December 2012. Mr. Alter became Corporate Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer in May 2011. Before joining us as Corporate Counsel in August 2009, Mr. Alter was Corporate Counsel at Convergys Corporation and, before that, an attorney with the law firm of Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL.

Scott Lauschke

Mr. Scott M. Lauschke is Vice President - Sales and Customer Service of AK Steel Holding Corporation. Before joining us, He was Vice President and General Manager of AFGlobal Corporation from July 2013 through November 2014. Before that, Mr. Lauschke served in various roles of increasing responsibility at The Timken Company from October 1997, including General Sales Manager from May 2009 through April 2013.

Stephanie Bisselberg

Ms. Stephanie S. Bisselberg has been appointed as Vice President - Human Resources of AK Steel Holding Corporation. Prior to that, She served as Assistant General Counsel, Labor from October 2010. She also served as Labor Counsel and Assistant Labor Counsel since joining us in 2004. Prior to joining us, Ms. Bisselberg was an attorney with the law firm of Taft, Stettinius and Hollister LLP.

Renee Filiatraut

Ms. Renee S. Filiatraut is Vice President - Litigation, Labor and External Affairs of the Company. Prior to that, She served as Assistant General Counsel, Litigation since December 2012. Before joining us as Litigation Counsel in March 2011, Ms. Filiatraut was a Partner with Thompson Hine LLP from January 1998.

Eric Petersen

Mr. Eric S. Petersen is Vice President - Research and Innovation of the Company. Prior to that, He was Vice President, Sales and Customer Service since July 2013, Director, Specialty and International Sales since November 2012 and Director, Research and Innovation since June 2010. Prior to that, Mr. Petersen served in a variety of other capacities since joining us in 1991, including Director, Customer Technical Services and Research; General Manager, Quality Assurance; General Manager, Carbon Steel Technology; General Manager, Rockport Works; Manager of various departments at Rockport Works and Middletown Works; Quality Control and Operations Management positions and Associate Process Engineer, Associate Metallurgist and Assistant Metallurgist at Middletown Works.

Maurice Reed

Mr. Maurice A. Reed is Vice President - Engineering, Raw Materials and Energy of Ak Steel Holding Corporation. Prior to that, He was Director, Engineering and Raw Materials from March 2011. Prior to that, Mr. Reed served in a variety of other capacities since joining us in 1996, including Director of Engineering and Energy, General Manager—Engineering, Operations Support and Primary Process Research and General Manager—Engineering. Before joining us, Mr. Reed held a number of increasingly responsible engineering technology positions for National Steel Corporation.

Robert Jenkins

Mr. Robert H. Jenkins is Lead Independent Director of AK Steel Holding Corp. He brings to the Board a long and accomplished history of service and leadership on this Board and on the boards of other companies. He was previously selected by Board Alert as one of the year’s seven Outstanding Directors in the United States. In addition to serving as the Lead Director of AK Steel, he also serves as the Presiding Independent Director of ACCO Brands Corporation. He has a keen understanding of executive management issues by virtue of his own experiences as an executive in the private sector, including as former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sundstrand Corporation and as a senior executive at Illinois Tool Works. His prior experience with Sundstrand and Illinois Tool Works also provided Mr. Jenkins with an in-depth understanding of industrial processes and management of a manufacturing business. The Board and the Company’s Management gain valuable strategic and operational guidance from Mr. Jenkins, owing to his depth and breadth of experience in manufacturing companies and his history of board leadership positions. He holds Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Engineering from the University of Wisconsin.

Dwayne Wilson

Mr. Dwayne Andree Wilson has been appointed as Director of the Company., effective as of January 9, 2017. Mr. Wilson is a retired Senior Vice President of Fluor Corporation. He gained a wide array of experience with different industries and in varied global geographies during his distinguished 35-year career with Fluor, an international, public-traded professional services company providing engineering, construction, commissioning, project management and other services to companies around the world. Much of Mr. Wilson’s experience at Fluor was serving manufacturing and raw materials companies with businesses facing similar issues, risks and opportunities to AK Steel. He also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC, the managing and operating contractor of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site, including the Savannah River National Laboratory. In this position, Mr. Wilson gained multi-faceted experience, including navigating complex government regulations and managing a significant workforce in challenging circumstances. He is also a civil engineer, which enables him to provide the Board and Management with a unique, valuable perspective on operational matters.

Arlene Yocum

Mrs. Arlene M. Yocum, J.D., has been appointed as Directors of the Company., effective as of January 9, 2017. Mrs. Yocum brings extensive business and management experience to the Board, drawing from her distinguished career in the financial services industry and from her prior service on several other public company boards. As an executive at PNC Bank, including recently heading the bank’s Client Sales and Service for PNC’s Asset Management Group, she contributes expertise in a variety of investment and finance areas. Mrs. Yocum has also served on, and assumed leadership roles with, multiple other public company boards of directors, including chairing audit committees and a special committee overseeing a complex government investigation. Our Board benefits from this deep and varied board and committee experience. In addition, Mrs. Yocum has former board experience with an energy services company, through which she acquired and shares with the Board a broad understanding of the energy industry, which is important in light of the fact that energy is and will always be a vital input and significant expense for our business.

Dennis Cuneo

Mr. Dennis C. Cuneo is an Independent Director of AK Steel Holding Corp. Mr. Cuneo brings a wealth of experience in, and a deep understanding of, the automotive industry, our most significant product market and a focus of our corporate strategy. Mr. Cuneo is a former senior executive and officer at Toyota Motor North America, Inc. and Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America. Mr. Cuneo’s Toyota career spanned more than 22 years, during which he was responsible for legal affairs, administration, public relations, investor relations, environmental affairs, corporate advertising, government relations, philanthropy, planning, research and Toyota’s Latin America Research Group. As one of Toyota’s earliest American manufacturing executives, he was instrumental in the launch of the company’s manufacturing operations in North America, and led Toyota’s site selection team for North America for over 10 years. He continues to consult in the automotive industry, and sits on the Boards of BorgWarner Inc., a publicly-traded automotive supplier, and the Center for Automotive Research, a leading auto industry think tank. Thus, he not only brings to the Board his knowledge of the automotive industry and its trends, he also contributes significantly to its expertise and experience in a broad range of Board oversight areas. Mr. Cuneo also is a licensed attorney, so he is able to provide a legal perspective on issues facing the Board and our company, particularly with respect to corporate governance and regulatory matters.

Sheri Edison

Ms. Sheri H. Edison is appointed as Independent Director of AK Steel Holding Corporation effective August 1, 2014. Mrs. Edison brings valuable knowledge and insight to the Board as a current executive officer of a large, publicly-traded manufacturer, as well as by virtue of her prior steel industry experience. As Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of Bemis Company, she is able to share with the Board her experience and acumen dealing with the contemporary, evolving issues present in a complex, multinational manufacturer. In addition, Mrs. Edison’s service at Bemis and her prior roles in the legal department of other large manufacturing companies enables her to contribute a broad and deep understanding of the dynamic environment with respect to the legal, regulatory, enterprise risk and corporate governance issues that we regularly face. Mrs. Edison also brings experience in the steel industry, having previously served in a senior management position with LTV Steel Company.

Mark Essig

Mr. Mark G. Essig is Independent Director of AK Steel Holding Corp. As a current and former chief executive of several companies, Mr. Essig brings to the Board the perspective of a leader facing a dynamic business environment on a daily basis. He is an accomplished senior operating executive with a wealth of finance, sales and management experience in a number of diverse industries, including significant experience with manufacturing businesses. In light of his past service as an executive officer of AK Steel and of Washington Steel, he brings with him to the Board a deep understanding of the steel industry and its challenges and opportunities. Mr. Essig also has experience heading various portfolio companies of private equity firms, where he maintained a keen focus on operational efficiency and maximizing shareholder value.

William Gerber

Mr. William K. Gerber, CPA., is an Independent Director of AK Steel Holding Corp. Mr. Gerber brings an impressive background in corporate finance and accounting to AK Steel’s Board. Mr. Gerber currently is Managing Director of Cabrillo Point Capital LLC, a private investment fund. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Kelly Services, Inc., a global staffing solutions company. Prior to joining Kelly Services, Mr. Gerber held senior management positions in corporate finance for The Limited, Inc. By virtue of these and other positions, Mr. Gerber is one of the Board’s “audit committee financial experts.” He thus contributes a broad and keen understanding of complex financial and accounting matters to the Board and its Audit Committee, which he chairs. The Board also benefits from Mr. Gerber’s membership on the audit committee of Wolverine World Wide, Inc., as he is able to share best practices and ideas learned and developed during his service on that committee.

Gregory Kenny

Mr. Gregory B. Kenny is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Kenny is the retired Chief Executive Officer and President of General Cable Corporation, a publicly-traded, global manufacturer and distributor of wire and cable products. Having run a large, complex manufacturing company whose business is similar in many ways to our own, Mr. Kenny provides the Board with a deep understanding of the most significant factors affecting AK Steel’s business. His leadership experience at General Cable also enables him to share unique insights on key trends and emerging issues to help enhance our focus on driving shareholder value. In addition, Mr. Kenny serves on two other public company boards of directors, including acting as Lead Independent Director for Cardinal Health, Inc., a Fortune 50 healthcare services and products company. Mr. Kenny’s leadership of and experience on other boards allow him to share best practices on matters including corporate governance, management succession, executive compensation, risk management and other key areas of Board oversight.

Ralph Michael

Mr. Ralph S. Michael, III is an Independent Director of AK Steel Holding Corp. Mr. Michael brings a strong business, banking and financial background to the Board. Mr. Michael has held executive level positions with several companies in the insurance and financial sectors, including in his current capacity as EVP and Group Regional President, Fifth Third Bancorp and Regional President of Fifth Third Bank, Greater Cincinnati. Previously, Mr. Michael held various executive and management positions with Ohio Casualty Insurance Company, U.S. Bank and PNC Financial Services Group. As a result of these years of experience in executive management and financial services, Mr. Michael is one of the Board’s “audit committee financial experts.” His experience and background also enable him to provide valuable insights on a variety of Board oversight matters, including complex banking and financial issues. In addition, the Board and Management benefit from the experience and knowledge Mr. Michael provides from service on other public company boards. These include capital markets and finance matters as a former director for FBR & Co. and energy-related issues as a former member of the board and former Lead Director of Key Energy Services, Inc.

James Thomson

Dr. James A. Thomson Ph.D., is an Independent Director of AK Steel Holding Corp. Dr. Thomson is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of The RAND Corporation. Prior to his retirement, Dr. Thomson had served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The RAND Corporation since 1989 and as a member of its staff since 1981. RAND is a nonprofit, nonpartisan institution that seeks to improve public policy through research and analysis. RAND’s agenda is broad, including international security, supply chains, health policy, energy and environment, and economics, to name just a few. Through his position as the top executive of, and years of service with, a think tank providing policy-related research and analysis, Dr. Thomson is able to provide the Board an unparalleled perspective and depth of knowledge with respect to public policy issues and global trends that affect our business. This experience, plus his depth of knowledge of our business as a result of his tenure on the Board, makes Dr. Thomson well-suited for his position as independent Non-Executive Chairman of the Board. As a former CEO, Dr. Thomson also provides valuable perspective on the current issues confronting executive management.

Vicente Wright

Mr. Vicente Wright is Independent Director of AK Steel Holding Corp. Mr. Wright’s extensive experience in the steel, iron ore and related industries enables him to contribute a wealth of strategic and operational knowledge with respect to key issues affecting us. As a former Chief Executive Officer of another major steel company, he is able to provide valuable insights into the current challenges and opportunities for our business. In addition, by virtue of his experience working for one of the world’s largest iron ore producers, he is able to provide guidance with respect to significant trends and emerging issues pertaining to one of our most significant raw materials. Having served as an executive for several large international metals and mining companies, he brings to the Board a global and diverse perspective to our business. Mr. Wright also is multi-lingual and has worked in various regions of the world throughout his distinguished career.

Douglas Mitterholzer