|David H. Hannah|
David Hannah was recruited to Reliance by longtime CEO William T. Gimbel, with whom he had established a close working relationship while leading the independent audit by Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young LLP). He joined Reliance as its first Chief Financial Officer in 1981. After nearly a decade in the office, David exchanged his suit for a hard hat and safety goggles and spent a year as Division Manager of Reliance Steel Company in Los Angeles, gaining firsthand operational experience. Upon returning to headquarters, David’s duties continued to increase: he was appointed a Director in 1992, served as President from 1995-2002, and has held his current role of Chief Executive Officer since 1999. He has further served Reliance as Chairman of the Board since 2007.
Having been with the company for over 30 years now, David considers that he has grown up here, mentored by past leaders, and has directed several significant Reliance milestones. These include the company’s 1994 IPO, its entry in Fortune magazine’s list of top 500 companies, and the completion of over 50 acquisitions, resulting in Reliance’s robust performance, profitability, and top position in the metals service center industry. Under David’s leadership, Reliance has come to be known industry wide as the Acquirer of Choice. He continues to be an officer and active board member of the Metals Service Center Institute, where he served as Chairman of the Board from May 2013 to May 2015.
In May 2015, Dave Hannah stepped down as Reliance’s Chief Executive Officer, yet remained active in the day-to-day operations of the company as Executive Chairman of the Board. He retired from this position in July 2016 but continues to serve as a Reliance Board Member.