Roger Newport was named Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of AK Steel Corporation (NYSE: AKS) in January 2016. Based in West Chester, Ohio, (Greater Cincinnati), AK Steel is a leading producer of flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steel products, primarily for automotive, infrastructure and manufacturing, including electrical power, and distributors and converters markets. The company also provides customer solutions with carbon and stainless steel tubing products, die design and tooling, and hot- and cold-stamped components.
Roger started his career with the company in 1985 as a co-op student 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.
Roger is a member of the Board of Directors of Alliant Energy Corporation, a Madison, Wisconsin-based energy company. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Iron and Steel Institute and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the World Steel Association. Roger is a member of the Washington, D.C.-based Business Roundtable. He is also a member of Financial Executives International.
Roger is a member of the Business Advisory Council for the Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati. He served on the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, the 2014 United Way of Greater Cincinnati Campaign, and is an alumnus of the Leadership Cincinnati USA program. Roger has coached youth sports teams, volunteered for TOP soccer for children with disabilities, and served on the Board of Directors of the Mason High School Soccer Boosters.
Roger holds a BBA degree in Accounting from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA with honors from Xavier University.