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Joel Hawthorne

Joel Hawthorne

Joel Hawthorne

Former CEO

Specialty Steel Works Incorporated


Joel has over 30 years of experience in industrial manufacturing sectors. Joel’s background includes stints in accounting, treasury, financial analysis, marketing, commercial sales, business development, strategy and executive leadership. Joel is an experienced CEO, having lead both public and private companies. Joel has led or been a key player in closing over twenty acquisitions and divestitures totaling over $3 billion and raising over $5 billion in equity, bank and bond debt, and private placement for maximum capital structures. Joel’s last CEO role was with Specialty Steel Works Incorporated, a $0.5 billion steel manufacturer owned by private equity.  Prior to this he was CEO of GrafTech International, a $1.5 billion global public company traded on the NYSE. Joel began his career with LTV Corporation, a global diversified conglomerate, where he held various accounting and treasury positions. He also worked for ACME Metals Incorporated, a steel making and steel fabricating producer based in various financial and strategic roles.