AK Steel Names Vicente Wright and Mark Essig to Board of Directors
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). He 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.
“Vicente’s extensive experience in the metals and mining industries, along with his outstanding business acumen, will allow him to provide valuable insights for our company,” said James L. Wainscott, chairman, president and CEO of AK Steel. “A great addition to our Board of Directors, we welcome Vicente and look forward to his many contributions.”
Mr. Wright holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Marquette University.
Mr. Essig currently is the chief executive officer of FKI Security Group. He previously held senior executive positions with several companies in the steel industry, including Shale-Inland, Washington Steel Corporation, RathGibson LLC, GS Industries and AK Steel. At AK Steel, he served as executive vice president from 1992 to 1998.
“Mark’s extensive experience in the metals business and other industries, coupled with his outstanding leadership capabilities, will be tremendous assets to the company,” said Wainscott. “A great addition to our Board of Directors, we welcome Mark and look forward to his many contributions.”
Mr. Essig holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Loyola University and an MBA from the University of Illinois.
AK Steel produces flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steels, primarily for automotive, infrastructure and manufacturing, construction and electrical power generation and distribution markets. The company employs about 6,100 men and women in Middletown, Mansfield, Coshocton and Zanesville, Ohio; Butler, Pa.; Ashland, Ky.; Rockport, Ind.; and its corporate headquarters in West Chester, Ohio.