AK Steel chairman James L. Wainscott is the first speaker of the Distinguished Speaker Series

Wainscott kicks off the Williams College of Business speaker series with a talk on the global steel industry | February 10, 2009

James L. Wainscott, chairman, president and CEO of AK Steel Corporation, is speaking at Xavier University on the topic “Competing to Win in Today’s Global Steel Business.” The event takes place on Thursday, Feb. 19, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Cintas Center.

Wainscott’s presentation is the first of the Williams College of Business’ Distinguished Speakers Series for 2009.

Under Mr. Wainscott’s leadership, AK Steel achieved a dramatic turnaround to become a globally competitive company. AK Steel is now recognized as a world-class steelmaker and has been named by Fortune magazine as one of “America’s Most Admired Companies.” Cincy magazine last year honored the company with a “Manny” Award for excellence in manufacturing. 

Wainscott began his steel industry career in 1982 with the former National Steel Corporation, holding a number of increasingly responsible positions at plant and corporate headquarters levels. In 1995, he joined AK Steel as vice president and treasurer, later advancing to senior vice president and CFO. In 2003, he was named president, CEO and a member of the board of directors of AK Steel and, in January 2006, he was elected chairman of the board of directors.

Wainscott currently serves as chairman of the board of directors of the American Iron and Steel Institute and vice chairman of the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, and he is a member of the board of trustees of the Anthony Muñoz Foundation and the Cincinnati Zoo. He is also a member of the Washington, D.C.,–based Business Roundtable and the Ohio Business Roundtable and is a past board member of the Specialty Steel Industry of North America. He and his wife, Darla, currently serve as co-chairs of the Campaign for Excellence for the Children’s Home of Cincinnati.  

Wainscott graduated magna cum laude from Ball State University with a BS in accounting, and he holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. He has been honored with the Miller College of Business Award of Distinction from Ball State University in 2007 and Notre Dame’s Distinguished Alumni Award for 2008.

AK Steel is headquartered in West Chester, Ohio. Its largest plant and research center is located in Middletown. The company also has production facilities elsewhere in Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Indiana. AK Steel produces flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steels primarily for the automotive, appliance, construction and electrical power generation and distribution markets.  
Xavier’s Distinguished Speakers Series brings top-level business, academic and political leaders to campus to discuss world issues, introduce new ideas, generate discussion and further the educational mission of the college. Students, faculty, alumni and members of the business community have the opportunity to interact with the speaker at each event.

Previous speakers include Robert Castellini, chairman of Castellini Co. and chief executive officer of the Cincinnati Reds, Procter & Gamble president and CEO A.G. Lafley, E.W. Scripps president and CEO Kenneth W. Lowe, Ellyn McColgan, president of Fidelity Brokerage Company, and Sara Mathew, president and COO of Dun & Bradstreet.

“The Distinguished Speaker Series allows us to invite world-class leaders to Cincinnati for a conversation with our three stakeholders of students, faculty and the business community,” says Ali Malekzadeh, dean of the Williams College of Business.

The Distinguished Speakers Series is sponsored by National City, now a part of PNC. Attendance is available only through table sponsorships. A table of eight can be reserved for $2,000. Proceeds are used for student and faculty development. Sponsoring companies are named on their tables and in the event program. For more information, please call 513-745-2820. Deadline for reservations is Feb. 12, 2009.