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Executive biographies

Michael C. Arnold 
President and Chief Executive Officer 

Michael C. Arnold is leading the transformation of Ryerson by expanding the business into new markets and focusing on complete, value-added solutions for customers as well as improving the overall performance of the company.

Mr. Arnold joined Ryerson in January of 2011, following more than three decades at The Timken Company. While at Timken, Mr. Arnold served as executive vice president and president of the Bearings and Power Transmission Group, the largest business group within the company. He also provided leadership in the areas of technology, quality and the geographic entities outside North America.

Mr. Arnold serves on the board of directors of AGCO Corporation, is a Director on The University of Akron Foundation, as well as a member of The University of Akron’s Engineering Advisory Council, President of the Crown Colony Board of Governors and serves on the Executive Committee of the Metals Service Center Institute.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Sales and Marketing, both from The University of Akron, and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.

Edward J. Lehner 
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Edward J. Lehner joined Ryerson in August 2012 and is responsible for all Financial & Accounting Functions, Supply Chain, Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Development, and IT at Ryerson. 

Prior to joining Ryerson, Edward was Chief Financial Officer, Chief Administrative Officer and Board Director of PSC Metals, Inc., a diversified metals company with $1.3bn in annual revenues, 1,300 employees and 50 facilities in the US and Canada. 

Mr. Lehner’s career also includes several senior financial and general management roles for Nucor, Birmingham Steel, Inc., Laurel Steel, SeverCorr and Greenseed Holdings, LLC.  Edward’s career began in 1989 with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd. in the audit, tax and IT practice in New York.

Mr. Lehner serves on the board of directors of Modumetal. He is a member of the Association of Corporate Growth (ACG), The Turnaround Management Association (TMA) and Financial Executives International (FEI).

He holds a BBA in Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati and is also a CPA.  


Roger W. Lindsay 
President, Canada Region and Chief Human Resources Officer

Roger W. Lindsay serves as president of Ryerson Canada and is responsible for the company’s Human Resources. Mr. Lindsay contributes valuable expertise in global operations, growth initiatives and organizational efficiency.

Prior to joining Ryerson, Mr. Lindsay was president of rail and Latin America for The Timken Company. During his time at Timken, he also led the development and implementation of the company’s growth strategy in Asia, served as senior vice president of human resources and organizational advancement, and held managing director responsibilities for operations in Central and Western Europe. 

Mr. Lindsay’s career has also included human resources positions at Ford Motor Company and Dow Chemical Company. He joins Ryerson with more than 30 years of experience in growing profitable businesses and Human Resources.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and sociology from the University of Southampton and a master’s degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mike Burbach
President, North-West Region

As President of the North-West region in the United States, Mike Burbach is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations and management of the region’s 23 service center locations. 

Mr. Burbach started his metals career at Vincent Metals in 1984 as an inside sales representative in Minneapolis. After advancing through a variety of procurement, sales and product management roles, he was named general manager of Green Bay in 1992. In 1996, he moved to Indianapolis as general manager, and then in 1999 assumed responsibility for the Vincent Metal Goods North region. In 2001, he was named regional vice president of Integris Metals North, adding the Pacific region in 2004. In 2005, he became the vice president and general manager of Ryerson Minneapolis, and assumed vice president responsibility for the Pacific division a year later. Mr. Burbach was promoted to President of the Midwest Region in 2008.  

Mr. Burbach received his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Wisconsin. 


Kevin Richardson
President, South-East Region

Kevin Richardson serves as president of Ryerson’s South-East region in the United States, and also has management responsibility for the Sunbelt/Turret companies and Acofran in Brazil.  Mr. Richardson works out of the South-East Regional office in Norcross, Georgia. 

Mr. Richardson started his metals career at Ryerson in 1985 as an inside sales representative in Pittsburgh, PA.  He then moved to Youngstown and Cleveland where he held a series of commercial and sales management roles before being named the general manager of Ryerson Charlotte in 1995. In 2000, Mr. Richardson was named the vice president of the Carolinas division and later assumed responsibility for Ryerson’s locations in the northeast and Florida.  He was named to his current position as the president of the South-East region in October of 2007.

Mr. Richardson received a bachelor's degree in business management and economics from North Carolina State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Case Western Reserve University.

Leong Fang
Chief Executive Officer, Asia

Leong Fang joined Ryerson in 2013 as chief executive officer for the company’s Asia region. He is responsible for leading regional business functions including sales, procurement, operations and human resources. 

Fang brings nearly 30 years of industry experience, having most recently held leadership positions with The Timken Company. He was most recently President, Timken China Investment Co. Ltd., where he led the company’s expansion into China. Fang previously held the global roles of vice president for Timken Industrial Machinery and vice president/general manager for Timken Aerospace. Additionally, Leong was president of Knappe & Koester, U.S.A., a contract manufacturing company serving the precision aerospace, industrial and telecommunications industries. 

Leong has a bachelor of science (Hons.) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Glasgow, U.K., and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Machinery from the University of Rhode Island. In 2011, Fang received Modern Metalworking Magazine’s “People of the Year” award. He also serves as an active board member with the U.S.-China Energy Cooperation Program and Junior Achievement China.