Natural Resources >> CEO Interviews >> July 2, 2001

John Walker – Weirton Steel Corporation (ws)

JOHN H. WALKER is the President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Weirton Steel Corporation, the eighth largest US integrated steel producer. Mr. Walker was named CEO in January 2001. He had been named President and COO in March 2000 and was appointed to the Board of Directors shortly thereafter. He originally joined Weirton Steel in 1988 when he was named Executive Assistant to the President. In 1990, he became the Director of Operations Planning at Weirton Steel before assuming subsequent positions as General Manager of Operations in 1994 and Vice President of Operations in 1995. In 1996, Mr. Walker accepted the position of Vice President of Operations at Kaiser Aluminum in Spokane, Wash., and within one year was named President of its Flat Rolled Products division. He remained in that role until his return to Weirton Steel in 2000. Mr. Walker received his Bachelor of Engineering degree from Virginia Polytechnical Institute and a Master of Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University. He also has completed the executive development program at the University of Pittsburgh and the Center for Creative Leadership. Mr. Walker began his business career in 1980 as a Project Engineer for Corning Glass Works. After completing his graduate studies, he became an associate with McKinsey & Co., a global management consultant firm. Mr. Walker is a member of the American Iron & Steel Institute and is an active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. Profile
TWST: Would you begin with a historical sketch and an overview of

Weirton Steel Corporation?

Mr. Walker: Weirton Steel Corporation, as it exists today, was formed as

a spinoff from National