Directors

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Michael D. Siegal
Inside Director

Executive Chairman of the Board
Age: 68
Michael D. Siegal joined the Board in 1984. He became Chief Executive Officer of the Company in 1984 and assumed the role of Chairman of the Board in 1994. In 2019, Siegal became Executive Chairman of the Board. Since 2014, Mr. Siegal serves on the board of directors of the Development Corporation of Israel and Chairs the Jewish Agency for Israel. Mr. Siegal has previously served on the board of directors of the Cliffs Natural Resources Inc., MSCI, University Hospitals of Cleveland and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. He also previously served as the Board Chair of the Jewish Federation of North American and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. With over 30 years of executive experience at the Company, Mr. Siegal possesses proven managerial skills and firsthand knowledge of nearly every aspect of the Company’s business operations. As a member of the founding family of the Company, Mr. Siegal also brings to the Board knowledge and understanding of the evolution of a family business into a successful public company. Mr. Siegal is also a substantial long-term shareholder of the Company.

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Richard T. Marabito
Inside Director

Chief Executive Officer
Age: 57

Mr. Marabito joined Olympic Steel in 1994 as Treasurer and Controller. In 2000, he was promoted to CFO where he served until being named CEO and a Director effective January 1, 2019. He currently serves as Director, Vice Chair, and Chair of Governance Committee for the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI).  He has previously served on the Board of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, and formerly served as Chair of the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Northeast Ohio Regional Board, Treasurer and Trustee of the Hawken School, and Board Member and Audit Committee Chairman for Hawk Corporation (ASE: HWK). Marabito earned his B.A. Accounting from the University of Mount Union. He is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) in the state of Ohio, and a graduate of the Executive Education Program at MSCI/Washington University.


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David A. Wolfort
Inside Director

Senior Advisor
Age: 67
David A. Wolfort joined the Board in 1987. He became Chief Operating Officer in 1995, continuing in that role until 2016, and assumed the role of President, a role that he held through 2019. In January 2020, Mr. Wolfort was named a Senior Advisor.  Mr. Wolfort serves as a member of the United States International Trade Advisory Committee on Steel. He previously served on the board of directors of the Metal Service Center Institute, or MSCI, a metals industry trade association, and was a past Chairman of both the MSCI Political Action Committee and the MSCI Government Affairs Committee. He is a Trustee and Vice-Chair of Ohio University and the Musical Arts Association (Cleveland Orchestra). With his years of experience at the Company, Mr. Wolfort brings to the Board a wealth of knowledge concerning the Company’s business operations and the competitive landscape of the metals industry.

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Arthur F. Anton
Lead Independent Director

Age: 62
Olympic Steel Inc. Committee Membership(s):
Audit and Compliance Committee, Compensation Committee
Arthur F. Anton joined the Board in 2009. From 2017 until his retirement on December 31, 2019, Mr. Anton served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Swagelok Company, a fluid systems technologies company. Since 1998, Mr. Anton has served in the following positions at the Swagelok Company: President and Chief Executive Officer, from 2004 to 2017, President and Chief Operating Officer, from 2001 to 2004; Executive Vice President, from 2000 to 2001; and Chief Financial Officer, from 1998 to 2000. He is a former Partner of Ernst & Young LLP, a professional services organization. Since 2006, Mr. Anton serves on the board of directors of The Sherwin-Williams Company, a paint coatings manufacturer. Since 2019, he also serves on the board of Nixdorf, Incorporated and since 2020 on the Board of SunCoke Energy, Inc. He also is the chair of the board of directors of University Hospitals of Cleveland. As the previous head of a large private corporation, Mr. Anton provides valuable insight into the successful operation of a business, which serves him well as the Lead Director of the Board, and as a member of the Audit and Compliance Committee and the Compensation Committee. As a former partner at Ernst & Young LLP, and the Chair of the audit committee of The Sherwin-Williams Company, Mr. Anton possesses a detailed understanding of accounting principles and practice.

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Hon. Dirk A. Kempthorne
Independent Director

Age: 68
Olympic Steel Inc. Committee Membership(s):
Compensation Committee, Nominating and Governance Committee

Dirk A. Kempthorne joined the Board in 2010. He served as the Mayor of Boise, Idaho from 1986 to 1993, a United States Senator from Idaho from 1993 to 1999 and Governor of Idaho from 1999 to 2006. He also served as the 49th Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior from 2006 to 2009. Mr. Kempthorne has served as the President of The Kempthorne Group, a consulting firm, since 2009 and served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Council of Life Insurers, an insurance industry trade association, from 2010 to 2018. Since 2009, Mr. Kempthorne has also served on the board of directors of FMC Corporation, a global agriculture chemical company, and Robert Half International, Inc. With his commitment to public service and his recognized national leadership, Mr. Kempthorne provides important contributions and insights as a member of the Compensation Committee and as Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee as we execute our strategic growth initiatives.


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Idalene F. Kesner, Ph.D.
Independent Director

Age: 62
Olympic Steel Inc. Committee Membership(s):
Compensation Committee, Nominating and Governance Committee
Idalene F. Kesner joined the Board in 2018. Dr. Kesner has served as Dean for Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business since 2013. Dr. Kesner joined the Kelley School faculty in 1995, where she also serves as the Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management. Dr. Kesner serves on the Boards of Berry Global Group, Inc., a manufacturer of plastic packaging products and protection materials and American Family Insurance Company. She serves on the Board of Advisors of Lincoln Industries, a manufacturer that provides metal finishing, coatings, insulation, and tube fabrication for the motorcycle and truck industries, among others. She previously served on the Board of Directors of Sun Life Financial, Inc. a life insurance and wealth management company. Dr. Kesner also serves on several non-profit Boards and Councils, including the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and Kelley Executive Education Foundation, Inc. Dr. Kesner’s leadership and business acumen, as well as her years of service on various corporate boards, make her a valuable asset as a member of the Board, the Nominating and Governance Committee and Chairperson of the Compensation Committee.

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Michael G. Rippey
Independent Director

Age: 63
Olympic Steel Inc. Committee Membership(s):
Audit and Compliance Committee, Nominating and Governance Committee
Michael G. Rippey joined the Board in 2015. In 2017, Mr. Rippey became the Chief Executive Officer and President of SunCoke Energy, Inc. (NYSE: SXC). Since 2015, he has served as Senior Advisor to Nippon Steel USA, a steel-making company. Mr. Rippey served as Chairman of ArcelorMittal USA, a steel and mining company, from 2014 to 2015. Mr. Rippey served as President and Chief Executive Officer of ArcelorMittal USA from 2006 to 2014. From 1984 to 2006, he held various positions at Inland Steel and Ispat Inland, predecessor companies to ArcelorMittal USA. He has previously served on the board of directors of the following organizations: Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Children’s Home + Aid, the American Iron & Steel Institute, where he had also served as past Chairman of the Board, and the National Association of Manufacturers. He is an Alumni Fellow at Indiana University, Kelley School of Business. Mr. Rippey brings to the Board a wealth of knowledge of the metals industry. Mr. Rippey serves on the Nominating and Governance Committee and as Chairman of the Audit and Compliance Committee.

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Richard P. Stovsky
Independent Director

Age: 62
Olympic Steel Inc. Committee Membership(s):
Audit and Compliance Committee, Compensation Committee
Richard Stovsky joined the Board in 2020. Mr. Stovsky retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, a professional services organization, in June 2018. Mr. Stovsky joined PricewaterhouseCoopers in August 1983 and held positions of increasing responsibility, and served most recently as a Vice Chairman from 2015 to June 2018. Mr. Stovsky has served on the Board of Encore Capital Group, Inc., an international specialty finance company providing debt recovery solutions and other related services for consumers across a broad range of financial assets, since August 2018. Mr. Stovsky serves as the Audit Committee Chair and is a member of the Executive Committee of The Cleveland Museum of Art, serves as the Treasurer and as a member of the Executive Committee of The Bluecoats of Cuyahoga County, is a member of the executive committee of the 50 Club of Cleveland, and is also a member of the Executive Committee of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. In addition, he is a current Trustee of The Cleveland Orchestra and Musical Arts Association, and of University School. Mr. Stovsky’s years of experience and his extensive experience working with public companies make him a valuable Director and member of the Audit and Compliance and Compensation Committees.

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Vanessa L. Whiting
Independent Director

Age: 60
Olympic Steel Inc. Committee Membership(s):
Audit and Compliance Committee, Nominating and Governance Committee
Vanessa L. Whiting joined the Board in 2019. Ms. Whiting is President of A.E.S. Management Corporation, previously holding Principal and Partner roles with various law firms. Ms. Whiting earned a bachelor's degree in public policy sciences, Duke University, 1982; master's in urban affairs policy analysis, Southern Illinois University, 1983; and Juris Doctor, University of Illinois College of Law, 1986. She serves on the boards of the Tri-C Foundation, the Fairmount Presbyterian Church and the Greater Cleveland Partnership. Whiting co-chairs the Karamu House Capital and Sustaining Campaign, is a Life Member of the NAACP, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She currently serves as the Chair of The MetroHealth System Board of Trustees, chairing the Governance Committee and Legal and Government Relations Committee.

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