Education: Bachelor of science, chemical engineering, University of Notre Dame, 1977;
MSE, chemical engineering, Princeton University, 1978; MBA, University of Pittsburgh, 1987
What is your definition of success?
I would define personal success as finding the right balance between work, family, personal health and spiritual well-being. I would define business success as creating an organization that can thrive and grow over the long term.
What was the last book that you read?
If you could have any job except the one you have now, what would be your dream job?
I would (like) to be a ski instructor in the winter and a sailing charter captain in the summer.
Whom do you admire most in business and why?
Having spent over 30 years in the metals industry, I admire some of the transformational leaders from that industry. Dick Simmons, the visionary CEO of Allegheny Technologies, created one of the leading high-performance metals company in the world. Ken Iverson, the founder of Nucor, created the model for the mini-mill steel industry. And David Roderick and Tom Graham transformed U.S. Steel during the 1980s, such that U.S. Steel was able to survive a turbulent period and is the only integrated steelmaker in this country still operating on a stand-alone basis. I admire these leaders for their vision and their persistence in the face of adversity.
What is your favorite part of your job?
I enjoy the strategic part of the job. It is like a chess game. I like exchanging and developing ideas on how to grow the business and then executing those ideas. It brings me into contact with a wide range of people and businesses, which is very interesting.