Our leadership team is dedicated to servicing customers in industrial markets around the world.
Michael C. Arnold
President and Chief Executive Officer
Michael C. Arnold has led the transformation of Ryerson by expanding the business into new markets and focusing on complete, value-added solutions for our customers.
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 Gardner Denver Inc. (NYSE:GDI) and Cincinnati Incorporated. He is a member of The University of Akron’s Engineering Advisory Council and a foundation director.
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
Senior Vice President of Human Resources
Roger W. Lindsay is accelerating Ryerson’s growth and capabilities through robust talent management and a reevaluated cost structure. Though his main focus is in human resources, Mr. Lindsay also 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 thirty years of experience in 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.
Phillip M. Wylie
Since 2007, Philip M. Wylie has served as President of Ryerson’s Southwest Region.
Mr. Wylie is responsible for the general management of various business functions, including procurement and sales, operations, credit, human resources and more. Mr. Wylie’s duties extend across operations in 26 plants throughout Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, California and Mexico.
Mr. Wylie joined the company in 1967 has since held a variety of leadership positions at Ryerson, including Marketing Manager, Vice President of the Southwest Division, and Vice President of Mid-South Division.
During his tenure as President, Mr. Wylie led the acquisitions of Texas Steel Processing and SFI Gray. He also oversaw the opening of the service center in Monterrey, Mexico in 2010 and the opening of the Tijuana, Mexico location in 2011.
Mr. Wylie attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Michael F. Whelan
As the President of Ryerson Canada, Michael F. Whelan is responsible for the company’s operations in eleven facilities across Canada and two in the Northeastern United States.
Mr. Whelan started his career in the metals industry at Drummond McCall, a Canada-based, multi-location, general-line service center. In 1984, he left Drummond McCall to found Mercury Stainless Canada Inc. His company was acquired by Lukens Steel in 1992, and then purchased by Ryerson in 1999.
For years, Mr. Whelan has also served on the board of directors of the Metal Service Centre Institute. During this time, he has held a number of roles, including Chapter President; National Chapter Director; Chairman of the Canadian Governmental Affairs Committee and, most recently, as a member of the Canadian Council.
Mr. Whelan graduated from the University of Toronto in 1979.
As President of the Midwest Region, 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 serves as president of the Southeast region for Ryerson and also has management responsibility for the Sunbelt/Turret companies and Acofran in Brazil. Mr. Richardson works out of the Southeast 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 Southeast region in October of 2007.
Mr. Richardson received a bachelor's degree in business management and economics from North Carolina State University and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.