Richard P. Simmons was distinguished adjunct professor of business management at Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business; and chairman emeritus, former chairman of the board, chairman of the executive committee, and president and chief executive officer of Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI).
For 10 years he served as CEO of Allegheny Ludlum Corporation, which, in 1996, merged with Teledyne Inc. to form ATI. He is also a former director of Joy Manufacturing, US Airways, PNC Bank Corp., Consolidated Natural Gas Company, and Allegheny Teledyne Incorporated.
Simmons graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1953 with a B.S. in metallurgy. After beginning his career with Allegheny Ludlum Corporation in 1953, he held management positions with Republic Steel Corporation and Latrobe Steel before returning to Allegheny Ludlum in 1968.
Simmons is a Member Emeritus of the M.I.T. Corporation and Trustee Emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh. He is a member of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers and received its Benjamin F. Fairless Award in 1989. He is a fellow and a Distinguished Life Member of the American Society for Metals and was awarded its medal for the Advancement of Research in 1991. In 1986 Simmons received the Engineering Society of Western Pennsylvania’s William Metcalf Award for outstanding engineering achievement.
Simmons is past chairman of the Executive Committee of Allegheny Conference on Community Development; a director and past chairman of the United Way; a trustee of The Carnegie; and chairman and life director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Society. He is also an active supporter of venture capital start-ups in Western PA.