Worthington Names Vice President of Transformation

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR) today announced that DJ Johnson has joined the Company as vice president of transformation, a newly created position focused on driving operations, commercial and supply chain transformation efforts across the Company.

“DJ’s depth of experience in transformational roles in similar industries and military leadership has prepared him well for this new challenge,” said Worthington Industries President and COO Mark Russell. “He will accelerate the improvement of our capabilities, systems and processes and help us realize the synergies of recent acquisitions.” Johnson most recently was vice president of advanced engineering, continuous improvement and quality at steelmaker Severstal North America. He spent three years at McKinsey Company as an engagement manager, successfully leading energy and industrial sector corporations through strategy, risk management, operations and organizational transformations. He spent 12 years in the U.S. Navy after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy. He left the Navy as a commander, having also earned his MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is an ASQ Certified Lean and Six Sigma Black Belt.

About Worthington Industries

Worthington Industries is a leading global diversified metals manufacturing company with 2014 fiscal year sales of $3.1 billion. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Worthington is North America’s premier value-added steel processor providing customers with wide ranging capabilities, products and services for a variety of markets including automotive, construction and agriculture; a global leader in manufacturing pressure cylinders for industrial gas and cryogenic applications, CNG and LNG storage, transportation and alternative fuel tanks, oil and gas equipment, and brand consumer products for camping, grilling, hand torch solutions, scuba diving and helium balloon kits; and a manufacturer of operator cabs for heavy mobile industrial equipment; laser welded blanks for light weighting applications; automotive racking solutions; and through joint ventures, complete ceiling grid solutions; automotive tooling and stampings; and steel framing for commercial construction. Worthington employs approximately 11,000 people and operates 83 facilities in 10 countries.

Founded in 1955, the Company operates under a long-standing corporate philosophy rooted in the golden rule. Earning money for its shareholders is the first corporate goal. This philosophy serves as the basis for an unwavering commitment to the customer, supplier, and shareholder, and as the Company’s foundation for one of the strongest employee-employer partnerships in American industry.


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