Michael S. Williams
Outokumpu Stainless Americas, President, Business Area Americas
Michael S. Williams, a native of Murrysville, Pa., earned a Bachelor of Science degree in information science with a minor in economics in 1983 from the University of Pittsburgh. In 1998, he graduated from Indiana University at Bloomington’s Executive Management Program.
Mr. Williams joined Outokumpu from United States Steel Corporation where he held a number of leadership roles, ultimately serving as Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning and Business Development. Prior to U.S. Steel, Mr. Williams held increasingly responsible leadership positions at several companies including Koppers Corporation and Armco Steel Corporation. He began his U. S. Steel career at the company’s Mon Valley Works near Pittsburgh, Pa., as a senior process control engineer. In 1994, he advanced to division manager-systems and process control at Gary Works in Gary, Ind., before assuming oversight responsibilities for some of the facility’s steel producing operations in 1996. During the next three years, he served as division manager for steel producing-South, steel producing-North and hot rolling.
In 1999, Mr. Williams accepted a position with Ormet Corporation, an aluminum producer headquartered in Wheeling, W.Va. He progressed through executive posts in both operations and sales before he was named president and chief operations officer in 2002 and president and chief executive officer in 2004. In 2006, Mr. Williams joined Cleveland, Ohio-based Special Metals Corporation as vice president-commercial products.
Mr. Williams returned to U. S. Steel as general manager of Gary Works in September 2006 and was responsible for the steelmaking and finishing operations at the Gary, Ind., facility, tin production at the East Chicago Tin Plant in East Chicago, Ind., and finishing operations at the Midwest Plant in Portage, Ind. He was elected vice president-Operations, Midwest in March 2008 and oversaw operations at Gary Works, which includes the East Chicago Tin Plant and the Midwest Plant; Granite City Works in Granite City, Ill.; Fairfield Works’ flat-rolled operation; and Minnesota Ore Operations, the company’s iron ore mining and pelletizing facilities in Mt. Iron, Minn., (Minntac) and Keewatin, Minn., (Keetac).
Mr. Williams joined Outokumpu in July, 2015. Mr. Williams has responsibility for Outokumpu’s integrated mill in Calvert, AL., and its cold rolling mill in San Luis Potosi, MX, and its service center in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mr. Williams serves a member of Outokumpu’s leadership team.