ArcelorMittal name new CEO
ArcelorMittal announced that Aditya Mittal will takeover from Lakshmi N. Mittal as chief executive officer of the company.
Lakshmi N. Mittal founded the company in 1976 and will become executive chairman and will continue to lead the board of directors.
Aditya Mittal was serving as president, CFO and CFO of ArcelorMittal Europe.
Commenting, Lakshmi Mittal said: “Despite the obvious challenges of 2020, ArcelorMittal starts 2021 in a position of comparative strength.
“Having achieved some key strategic targets, this seems like the right moment to transition to executive chairman and the board unanimously agree that Aditya Mittal is the natural and right choice to be the company’s Chief Executive.
“We have worked closely together since he joined the company in 1997, indeed in recent years we have effectively been managing the company together. He has an unrivalled knowledge of the business and a keen sense of how the company must continue to transform to remain the world’s leading steel company.
“As chief executive, he will be taking on the effective day to day running of the company, but we will continue to work very closely together and I remain as fascinated, engaged and committed to the company’s long-term success as ever. I am looking forward to this next chapter.”
Aditya Mittal said: “It is an honour to be appointed Chief Executive of ArcelorMittal. Mr Mittal built ArcelorMittal from a greenfield rolling mill in Indonesia to become the world’s leading steel company.
“It is an extraordinary achievement and I am privileged to have witnessed and been part of so much of that journey. I’m excited about what lies ahead. ArcelorMittal is full of incredible people, a company with excellent knowledge and capabilities and a company with tremendous potential.
“The world is transforming at a very rapid pace and this change brings challenges but also many opportunities for ArcelorMittal. The biggest challenge, but also the biggest opportunity, will be to demonstrate that steel can decarbonise and indeed is the perfect material for a circular economy.
“This will undoubtedly be a critical driver of our strategy in the coming years and decades. That Mr Mittal will remain very involved as Executive Chairman is a great advantage – his wisdom, knowledge and insight will be invaluable and I look forward to us continuing to work very closely together for many years to come.”
As a result of these developments, Genuino Christino will become chief financial officer. Mr Christino joined the company in 2003 and has held the position of Head of Finance since 2016.
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