Walsh has worked in the steel industry since 1975.
WARREN -- James F. Walsh has been named vice president of operations at WCI Steel Inc., effective July 1, the company has announced.
Walsh has served as a consultant to WCI since April and has worked in a wide variety of managerial and officer-level positions in the steel industry for 30 years.
Patrick G. Tatom, WCI's president and chief executive officer, said that Walsh's broad background in steel operations will be invaluable to WCI as it emerges from Chapter 11 reorganization.
"Jim's diverse experience will greatly assist WCI as we implement new work systems that will significantly improve our operating efficiencies and costs," Tatom said, "We are fortunate to have someone with Jim's expertise and acumen become part of the WCI team."
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Walsh began his steel industry career in 1975 as a management trainee at U.S. Steel Corp.'s Gary Works.
Walsh joined AK Steel Corp. in Middletown, Ohio, in 1993, holding various upper-level positions before being named executive vice president of GS Industries in Charlotte, N.C., in 1999. After the sale of GS Industries, Walsh led North Star Steel's flagship operations in Monroe, Mich., until the sale of that entity in 2004.
Walsh, 51, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1975 and earned a master's degree in business administration from Indiana University Northwest in 1982.
WCI is an integrated steelmaker producing more than 185 grades of custom and commodity flat-rolled steel at its Warren facility. WCI's products are used by steel service centers, converters and the automotive and construction markets. The company has about 1,650 employees.