William Brake

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University

William Brake

William Brake photoAssociate Professor

Ph.D., MBA, B.S., Case Western Reserve University

William Brake brings over 25 years of manufacturing and innovation experience to Baldwin Wallace. Most recently, Brake served as executive vice president of global metallic at Cleveland Cliffs (CLF). While at Cliffs, he also served on the executive leadership team; as chief technical officer and as chairman of Renewafuel, an innovative biomass fuel manufacturer.

Prior to joining Cliffs, Brake was executive vice president of Mittal Steel USA with full operating responsibility for all of Mittal's domestic steel operations. In this role he oversaw the largest steel industry consolidation in the nation’s history integrating the former LTV Steel, Bethlehem Steel, Inland Steel, Weirton Steel, Lukens Steel and many others into a single company. The combined entity included 14 plants in 9 states with over $14 billion in annual sales.

Brake began his career at LTV Steel and, following its acquisition by International Steel Group (ISG), led the restart of the Cleveland, Ohio facilities where he became vice president and general manager. Following ISG's purchase of Bethlehem Steel, Brake was promoted to executive vice president of operations for ISG.

In addition to his corporate activities, Brake has had a long career as a local entrepreneur. His small business experience includes a non-profit Montessori preschool, a music store, a professional audio company and a cake and candy supply company.

Brake is a member of the Association of Iron and Steel Engineers and a past chairman of the Ohio Steel Industry Advisory Council appointed by the governor of Ohio. Brake is a past member of the board of directors of the Great Lakes Science Center, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland, WIRE-Net. He currently serves on multiple commissions for the City of North Olmsted.

Brake holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering, MBA and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University.

William Brake, Ph.D.

Dr. William Brake is a lead participant in the restructuring of the steel industry in America. His team restarted bankrupt LTV Steel, Bethlehem Steel and Weirton Steel in the largest industry consolidation in the history of America, which included a drastic cultural redesign and achievement of world-class efficiencies. Brake has unique expertise in mergers and acquisitions, progressive culture change and employee partnerships.