Roger Newport was named Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of AK Steel Corporation (NYSE: AKS) effective January 1, 2016. Based in West Chester, Ohio, (Greater Cincinnati), AK Steel is a world leader in the production of flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steel products, primarily for automotive, infrastructure and manufacturing, construction and electrical power generation and distribution markets.
Mr. 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.
Professional / Community Activities
Mr. Newport serves on the Board of Directors of the American Iron and Steel Institute and is a member of the Board of Directors of the World Steel Association. He is also Chairman of the Steel Market Development Institute CEO Group. Mr. Newport is a member of the Washington, D.C.-based Business Roundtable. He is also a member of Financial Executives International.
Mr. Newport serves on the Board of Directors of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and the Dean’s Executive Advisory Board for Xavier University’s Williams College of Business. He served as Group Chair, Special Projects, for the 2014 United Way of Greater Cincinnati Campaign, and is an alumnus of the Leadership Cincinnati USA program. Mr. Newport has coached youth soccer and baseball teams, volunteered for TOP soccer for children with disabilities, and served on the Board of Directors of the Mason High School Soccer Boosters.
General / Educational Background
Mr. Newport holds a BBA degree in Accounting from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA with honors from Xavier University.