Award of Distinction
WainscottJames L 
Chairman of the Board,
President and CEO
AK Steel Corporation
Middletown, Ohio
BS, Accounting, 1979

Appointed president and CEO of AK Steel in 2003, James Wainscott and his leadership team spearheaded a company turnaround that returned the Fortune 500 company to profitability. Today, AK Steel once again leads the integrated steel industry in operating profit per ton.

Wainscott began his career in the public accounting industry and acquired experience in the steel industry at the former National Steel Corporation, where he was eventually responsible for finances at plant and corporate headquarters. He joined AK Steel in 1995 as vice president and treasurer and was named the company’s chief financial officer in 1998.

A member of the Washington D.C.-based Business Roundtable and the Cincinnati Business Committee, Wainscott is active in community and professional activities. He is a member of the board of directors of the American Iron and Steel Institute, Specialty Steel Industry of North America, and Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation. He also serves on Ball State’s National Philanthropy Council.

Wainscott is a certified public accountant, management accountant, internal auditor and information systems auditor. He co-founded the Indiana Dunes chapter of the National Association of Accountants and has received a number of distinguished service awards from the Indiana CPA Society.