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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Kirk Reich

47 2016 President, Chief Operating Officer

Roger Newport

51 2016 Chief Executive Officer, Director

Jaime Vasquez

53 2016 Chief Financial Officer, Vice President - Finance

Gregory Hoffbauer

49 2016 Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President, Controller

Brian Bishop

2016 Vice President - Carbon Steel Operations

Michael Kercsmar

2016 Vice President - Specialty Steel Operations

Joseph Alter

38 2015 Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary

Scott Lauschke

46 2015 Vice President - Sales and Customer Service

Stephanie Bisselberg

45 2013 Vice President - Human Resources

Renee Filiatraut

52 2014 Vice President - Litigation, Labor and External Affairs

Eric Petersen

46 2015 Vice President - Research and Innovation

Maurice Reed

53 2012 Vice President - Engineering, Raw Materials and Energy

Robert Jenkins

73 2006 Lead Independent Director

Dennis Cuneo

66 2008 Independent Director

Sheri Edison

59 2014 Independent Director

Mark Essig

58 2013 Independent Director

William Gerber

62 2007 Independent Director

Gregory Kenny

63 2016 Independent Director

Ralph Michael

61 2007 Independent Director

James Thomson

71 1996 Independent Director

Vicente Wright

63 2013 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Kirk Reich

Mr. Kirk W. Reich is President, Chief Operating Officer of the Company. Prior to that Mr. Reich 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. Mr. Reich was named General Manager, Middletown Works in October 2006. Prior to that, Mr. Reich served in a variety of other capacities since joining us in 1989, including Manager—Mobile Maintenance/Maintenance Technology, General Manager—Mansfield Works, Manager—Processing and Shipping, Technical Manager, Process Manager and Civil Engineer. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

Roger Newport

Mr. Roger K. Newport is Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. Prior to that Mr. Newport served as Executive Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer since May 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Newport served as Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer since May 2014, as Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer since May 2012 and as Vice President, Business Planning and Development since June 2010. Mr. Newport was named Controller and Chief Accounting Officer in July 2004 and Controller in September 2001. Prior to that, Mr. Newport served in a variety of other capacities since joining us in 1985, including Assistant Treasurer, Investor Relations, Manager—Financial Planning and Analysis, Product Manager, Senior Product Specialist and Senior Auditor. He is also a member of the Dean’s Executive Advisory Board for Xavier University’s Williams College of Business, and a member of Financial Executives International. He served as Group Chair, Special Projects for the 2014 United Way of Greater Cincinnati Campaign. Roger holds a BBA degree in Accounting from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA with honors from Xavier University.

Jaime Vasquez

Mr. Jaime Vasquez is Chief Financial Officer, Vice President - Finance of the Company., effective January 1, 2016. Before joining us in September 2014 as Director, Finance, Mr. Vasquez 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 from May 2008; and Vice President, Treasurer, and Investor Relations from March 2001. Mr. Vasquez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Rutgers University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina.

Gregory Hoffbauer

Mr. Gregory A. Hoffbauer has been promoted as Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President, Controller of the Company., effective January 1, 2016. Prior to that, Mr. Hoffbauer 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. He will also assume responsibility for Manufacturing Planning. Mr. Bishop is currently Director, Carbon Steel Operations. Mr. Bishop holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and an MBA from the Ohio State University.

Michael Kercsmar

Mr. Michael A. Kercsmar is Vice President - Specialty Steel Operations of the Company. Mr. Kercsmar joined AK Steel in 1997 as Shift Manager in the cold strip mill at Middletown Works. He progressed through a number of roles including Department Manager, South Coating in 2007, and Manager, Occupational Safety and Health at Middletown Works in 2009. He was named General Manager, Mansfield Works in 2010 and General Manager, Coshocton Works andZanesville Worksin 2013. Prior to joining AK Steel, he was a Process Engineer for Republic Engineered Steel. Mr. Kercsmar holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Ohio State University.

Joseph Alter

Mr. Joseph C. Alter has been appointed as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the company since May 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Alter 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. He is a guest lecturer at the Farmer School of Business at Miami University (Ohio) and is a former board member of Art Works Cincinnati. He graduated Cum Laude from Miami University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Economics. He holds a Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Scott Lauschke

Mr. Scott M. Lauschke is Vice President - Sales and Customer Service of AK Steel Holding Corporation. Before joining us, Mr. Lauschke 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 May 2000, including General Sales Manager from May 2009 through April 2013. Mr. Lauschke holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Stephanie Bisselberg

Ms. Stephanie S. Bisselberg has been appointed as Vice President - Human Resources of AK Steel Holding Corp. effective April 1, 2013. Prior to that, Ms. Bisselberg served as Assistant General Counsel, Labor from October 2010. She also served as Labor Counsel from January 2005 and Assistant Labor Counsel upon joining us in 2004. Prior to joining us, Ms. Bisselberg was an attorney in the Labor and Employment department of the Cincinnati law firm of Taft, Stettinius and Hollister LLP. Ms. Bisselberg holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Miami University (Ohio) and a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University. In April 2013, she will complete the Master of Business Administration program at Xavier University. She is also a member of the Cincinnati Bar Association. She has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Hyde Park (Ohio) Center for Older Adults and as a member of the Friends of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Renee Filiatraut

Ms. Renee S. Filiatraut is Vice President - Litigation, Labor and External Affairs of the Company. Prior to that, Ms. Filiatraut 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. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction in History from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law.

Eric Petersen

Mr. Eric S. Petersen is Vice President - Research and Innovation of the Company. Prior to that, Mr. Petersen was Vice President, Sales and Customer Service since July 2013 as Director, Specialty and International Sales since November 2012 and Director, Research and Innovation since June 2010. He was named Director, Customer Technical Services and Research in March 2007. Prior to that, Mr. Petersen served in a variety of other capacities since joining us in 1991, including 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. Mr. Petersen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgical and Materials Science Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

Maurice Reed

Mr. Maurice A. Reed is Vice President - Engineering, Raw Materials and Energy of Ak Steel Holding Corporation. Prior to that, Mr. Reed 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 from June 2010, General Manager—Engineering, Operations Support and Primary Process Research from March 2009 and General Manager—Engineering from May 2006. 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. Mr. Jenkins 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.

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, a key part of the Company’s product market and 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 the 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. Ms. 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 industry experience. As Vice President, General Counsel 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, Ms. 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 regularly faced by the Company. Ms. Edison also brings experience in the steel industry, having previously served in a senior management position with LTV Steel Company. Ms. Edison holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Journalism from the University of Southern California and a Juris Doctor degree from the Northwestern University School of Law.

Mark Essig

Mr. Mark G. Essig is Independent Director of AK Steel Holding Corp. Mr. Essig currently is the Chief Executive Officer of FKI Security Group. Mr. Essig previously held senior executive positions with several steel industry companies, including Shale-Inland, Washington Steel Corp., RathGibson LLC, GS Industries and AK Steel Corporation. At AK Steel, he served as executive vice president from 1992 to 1998. He Served as Chief Executive Officer of Rathgibson LLC from January 2011 to May 2012; served as President and CEO of Sangamon Industries LLC from May 2008 to January 2011; served as Chief Executive Officer of Aviation, Power & Marine, Inc. from January 2009 to January 2010; served as President and CEO of Barjan LLC from August 2002 to May 2008; served as Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the Board of GS Industries from January 1998 to August 2002; held several positions at AK Steel, including Executive Vice President — Operations and Sales from 1997 to January 1998, Executive Vice President — Sales 1994 to 1997, Vice President — Sales and Marketing from 1992 to 1994 and Assistant to CEO and Vice President — Human Resources in 1992; served as Chief Financial Officer of Washington Steel Corporation from 1990 to 1992 and as Vice President — Finance and Administration from 1988 to 1990. Mr. Essig holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Loyola University and an MBA from the University of Illinois.

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. He also is a Certified Public Accountant. 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. He holds Bachelor of Science in Economics degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, MBA degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, Certified Public Accountant.

Gregory Kenny

Mr. Gregory B. Kenny is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Kenny currently serves as an advisor to the Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Directors of General Cable Corporation. He retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of General Cable on June 30, 2015, having served in those capacities since August 2001. Mr. Kenny had also served as a member of the Board of Directors of General Cable since 1997. Prior to that, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of General Cable from May 1999 to August 2001. From March 1997 to May 1999, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of General Cable. Mr. Kenny also previously held executive level positions at Penn Central Corporation and began his career as a Foreign Service officer with the United States Department of State. Mr. Kenny currently serves as Independent Lead Director of the board of Cardinal Health Incorporated and as a member of the board of Ingredion Incorporated. Mr. Kenny holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Georgetown University, a Master of Business Administration from The George Washington University, and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University.

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 President and Chief Executive Officer 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 member of the board and Lead Director of Key Energy Services, Inc. He holds Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Stanford University, Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Graduate School of Management. He serves on the board of directors of The Cincinnati Bengals, Inc. and the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation.

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. Dr. Thomson had been President and Chief Executive Officer of The RAND Corporation since 1989 and 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 sample. 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 and the Company an unparalleled perspective and depth of knowledge with respect to public policy issues and global trends that affect the Company’s business. As a result, Dr. Thomson is extremely well-suited for his position as Chair of the Public and Environmental Issues Committee. As a former CEO, Dr. Thomson also provides a valuable perspective on the current issues confronting executive management. He holds Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the University of New Hampshire; M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from Purdue University. He is Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, New York; the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London; and the board of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council. Former member of the National Security Council staff at the White House, where he was primarily responsible for defense and arms-control matters related to Europe, and the staff of the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Vicente Wright

Mr. Vicente Wright is Independent Director of AK Steel Holding Corp. Mr. Wright previously has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors, as well as President and Chief Executive Officer, of California Steel Industries (CSI). Mr. Wright also has held several executive and managerial positions with other metals and mining companies, including Vale SA in Brazil, Japan and the United States, and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Iron and Steel Institute as well as other metals companies in Brazil, Argentina and France. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Marquette University.