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Phillip Hartley Smith

Phillip Hartley Smith, American steel company executive. Recipient National Steelmaking award, 1955, Outstanding Chief Executive Officer in Steel Industry award Finance World, 1975; Nuffield scholar, 1949; Fulbright fellow, 1950.


  • Smith, Phillip Hartley was born on January 26, 1927 in Sydney, Australia. Came to United States, 1950, naturalized, 1960. Son of Norman Edward and Elizabeth (Williams) Smith.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Engineering with 1st class honors in Mining and Metallurgy, University Sydney, 1950. Metallurgical Engineer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1952. Diploma industrial relations, University Chicago, 1958.

      Doctor of Laws, Grove City College, 1975. Doctor in Engineering, University Sydney, 1997.


    • Successively trainee, metallurgist, foreman Indiana Harbor, Indiana, Inland Steel Company, 1952-1955. Successively trainee, metallurgist, director purchasing and planning La Salle Steel Company, Hammond, Indiana, 1956-1964. With Copperweld Corporation, Pittsburgh, 1964-1977, president, 1967-1977, chairman, 1973-1977.

      President, chief executive officer Bekaert Steel Corporation, Pittsburgh, 1978-1982. Managing partner Hartley Smith & Partners, 1982-1984. Chairman Smith, Yuill & Company Inc., since 1984.

      Board directors Mitech Laboratories Inc. Adjunct professor business Grove City College. Visiting dean senior executive program Dalian University of Technology, Peoples Republic of China.

      Chair Massachusetts Institute of Technology Enterprise Forum.


    • Patentee in field. Editor: Mechanical Working of Steel, 1961. Author: Essays in Management, A Guide to Young Managers on the Way Up.


    Trustee Berea (Kentucky) College, since 1975, Wheeling Jesuit University, since 1991. Director National Technology Transfer Center National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Chairman Inroads Inc.

    Chair Sydney University Foundation Cadet officer Australian Merchant Marine, 1942-1943, Royal Australian Fleet Auxiliary, 1943. Member University Club of Chicago, Duquesne Club of Pittsburgh, Fox Chapel Golf Club, Rolling Rock Club (Ligonier, Pennsylvania), Sigma Xi.


    • Married Martha Frances Dittrich, June 4, 1955. Children: Elizabeth, Thomas, Johanna, Alice, Margaret, Sarah.
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    Born January 26, 1927
    • 1950
      University Sydney
    • 1952
      Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • 1958
      University Chicago
    • 1975
      Grove City College
    • 1997
      University Sydney
    • 1952 - 1955
      Successively trainee
    • 1956 - 1964
      successively trainee
      Hammond, Louisiana, United States
    • 1964 - 1977
      with Copperweld Corporation
      Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
    • 1978 - 1982
      president, officer Bekaert Steel Corporation
      Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
    • 1978 - 1982
      chief executive, officer Bekaert Steel Corporation
      Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
    • 1982 - 1984
      managing partner, Hartley Smith & Partners
    • 1984
      chairman, Smith
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