CLEVELAND, Oct. 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Olympic Steel Inc. (Nasdaq:ZEUS), a leading national metals service center, today announced John Howard has been named to the newly created position of Director, Operational Excellence. Mr. Howard has been serving in a consulting role with the Company to enhance growth and profitability by implementing best-in-class operations methodology. In this new role, he will be responsible for the strategic development, tactical program management, facility deployment, systems integration and financial results consistent with Operational Excellence. "John has been charged with strengthening and aligning the enterprise with the chairman's objectives and the vision of the Company's executive officers. We look forward to his future contributions," said Olympic Steel President and Chief Operating Officer, David Wolfort. A certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Lean Applications Specialist, Mr. Howard has more than 22 years of experience in transformational leadership, operations management and performance turnaround. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies and other entities, including General Motors, Berkshire Hathaway, Caterpillar, Amazon.com, General Electric, Eaton, the U.S. Department of Defense and several healthcare systems. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University and, most recently, worked with CGN Global as Senior Manager, Master Black Belt & Co-Lead for its Global Lean Practice. Mr. Howard will report to Mr. Wolfort in his new role with company-wide responsibility. Zachary Siegal Promoted to General Manager–Cleveland Additionally, Zach Siegal has been promoted to the role of General Manager–Cleveland. Mr. Siegal began his career with Olympic Steel at the Company's Cleveland facility. He was later named Quality Engineer for the Minneapolis-based facilities in 2007. Mr. Siegal has held positions of increasing responsibility including Operations Manager in Minneapolis, Operations and Purchasing Manager in Schaumburg, Ill. and most recently, Purchasing and Materials Manager in Gary, Ind. where he was actively involved in the start-up of that facility's new temper mill. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in finance at Miami University and his Master of Business Administration degree in the Deming Scholars program at Fordham University. In his new role, Mr. Siegal will report to John Mooney, Vice President–Eastern Region.