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Steel company executive

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. Son of Norman Edward and Elizabeth (Williams) Smith. came to the United States, 1950, naturalized, 1960.


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, Copperweld Corporation, 1967-1977; chairman, Copperweld Corporation, 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 U. Technology, Peoples Republic of China. Chair Massachusetts Institute of Technology Enterprise Forum.


  • Other Work

    • 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.

Norman Edward Smith

Elizabeth (Williams) Smith

Martha Frances Dittrich

Alice Smith

Sarah Smith

Johanna Smith

Margaret Smith

Elizabeth Smith

Thomas Smith