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ArcelorMittal announces new organisational structure for the Americas and group finance

16 December 2015 - ArcelorMittal today announces that Lou Schorsch, 66, senior executive vice president, member of the Group Management Board and CEO of ArcelorMittal Americas will retire from the company, effective end of February 2016. Mr Schorsch joined the company in 2003 as CEO of Ispat Inland.

Going forward it has been decided to structure the Americas business with dedicated leadership for four distinct business areas.

Jim Baske will be Executive Vice President of ArcelorMittal and chief Executive Officer ArcelorMittal North America (excluding USA) John Brett, currently executive vice president finance, planning and procurement for ArcelorMittal USA, will be appointed chief executive of ArcelorMittal USA effective 1st January 2016. Andy Harshaw, the current CEO of ArcelorMittal USA, is retiring but will stay with the company until 31st March 2016 to assist with the leadership transition.  

In South America, Jefferson de Paula and Benjamin Baptista will continue as CEO South America Long and CEO South America Flat respectively.  

All four will report to group chairman and CEO, Lakshmi N. Mittal. 

Brian Aranha, currently vice president global automotive and commercial coordination, will assume leadership responsibilities for Mr Schorsch’s additional roles of strategy, CTO, R&D, CCM and global automotive, also reporting to Mr Lakshmi Mittal. He will be supported by David Clarke as head of strategy and CTO, Greg Ludkovsky as head of R&D and Brad Davey as head of global automotive. 

Separately Robrecht Himpe, currently executive vice president and CTO of ArcelorMittal, will be appointed chief executive of AM/NS Calvert, working closely with AM/NS Calvert president Chris Richards and the rest of the Calvert team to accelerate the ramp-up of this important asset.    

Commenting Mr Mittal said, "Since joining the company in 2003, Lou has been an integral member of our senior leadership team. With a keen intellect and deep understanding of the dynamics of our industry as a result of his experience in both consultancy and operational roles, he has been a strong leader who is held in high esteem by all who know and work with him. We wish him all the best for his retirement."   

“There are a number of important priorities in the Americas business at present and therefore we took the decision to split out the leadership responsibilities into four key areas, directly reporting to the CEO. We believe this is the optimum structure to ensure each division fully delivers on their business plans and puts in place the necessary actions to respond to current market challenges and capture market opportunities. Jim, John, Jefferson and Benjamin are all experienced leaders and fully understand the priorities in today’s market environment. Additionally I am very pleased that Robrecht has agreed to become CEO of AM/NS Calvert. The opportunities for Calvert are considerable and it has an important contribution to make to the US$1 billion of structural Ebitda improvements the group is targeting globally for 2016. As one of our most experienced industry executives, I am very confident in Robrecht’s ability to ensure we capture all the upside potential from this outstanding asset.” 

Additionally Mr BC Agarwal, 64, group head of finance and member of the management committee, will retire effective the end of February 2016. Mr Agarwal joined the company in 1973 and was involved in the setting up of the first plant in Indonesia. Genuino Christino will take up the position of group head of finance, reporting to Aditya Mittal, group CFO and CEO of ArcelorMittal Europe.  

Commenting Mr Mittal said: “Bhikam was one of the first employees of ArcelorMittal.  He was with me in the early days in Indonesia when we had nothing but a green field in front of us and has been with the company ever since. His energy, enthusiasm and knowledge will be much missed but I can only wish him an extremely well deserved retirement."

Aditya Mittal said: "Mr Agarwal has made an outstanding contribution to this company over more than 40 years. He is someone who will always be considered part of ArcelorMittal, even in his retirement.  His shoes are hard to fill but I have worked very closely with Genuino for a number of years now and have great confidence in his ability to step into this important position."

ArcelorMittal will also take the opportunity to simplify the management structure in-line with the ongoing drive to promote a performance-driven culture, empowering the segments to deliver optimum business results.  As a result the Group Management Board, which was established to ensure a smooth integration following the creation of ArcelorMittal, will be replaced with a more flexible structure. The CEO office - comprising the CEO and CFO - will work directly with a team of seven executive officers, who collectively encompass the key regions and corporate functions. 

The executive officers are as follows:

Senior executive vice president
  • Davinder Chugh           Senior executive vice president, CEO of Africa and the CIS

Executive vice presidents

  • Brian Aranha          Executive vice president, head of strategy, CTO, R&D, CCM and global automotive
  • Jim Baske                   Executive vice president, CEO ArcelorMittal Nafta Flat Rolled
  • Henri Blaffart              Executive vice president, group head of HR and corporate services
  • Jefferson de Paula       Executive vice president, CEO of ArcelorMittal South America Long
  • Geert van Poelvoorde   Executive vice president, CEO of ArcelorMittal Europe Flat
  • Simon Wandke            Executive vice president, CEO of ArcelorMittal Mining  

The CEO office and executive officers will be further supported by the group management committee, which meets regularly to discuss the key strategic issues affecting the company. The following executives are also appointed to the management committee:

  • Jose Manual Arias     CEO of BD South West, ArcelorMittal Europe Flat
  • John Brett                CEO ArcelorMittal USA
  • Genuino Christino     Vice president, head of group finance
  • Daniel Fairclough      Vice president, corporate finance and head of investor relations 
  • Paramjit Kahlon        CEO ArcelorMittal Kryviy Rih

About ArcelorMittal

ArcelorMittal is the world's leading steel and mining company, with a presence in 60 countries and an industrial footprint in 19 countries. Guided by a philosophy to produce safe, sustainable steel, we are the leading supplier of quality steel in the major global steel markets including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging, with world-class research and development and outstanding distribution networks.

Through our core values of sustainability, quality and leadership, we operate responsibly with respect to the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, contractors and the communities in which we operate. For us, steel is the fabric of life, as it is at the heart of the modern world from railways to cars and washing machines. We are actively researching and producing steel-based technologies and solutions that make many of the products and components people use in their everyday lives more energy efficient.

We are one of the world’s five largest producers of iron ore and metallurgical coal and our mining business is an essential part of our growth strategy. With a geographically diversified portfolio of iron ore and coal assets, we are strategically positioned to serve our network of steel plants and the external global market. While our steel operations are important customers, our supply to the external market is increasing as we grow.

In 2015, ArcelorMittal had revenues of US$63.6 billion and crude steel production of 92.5 million tonnes, while own iron ore production reached 62.8 million tonnes. ArcelorMittal is listed on the stock exchanges of New York (MT), Amsterdam (MT), Paris (MT), Luxembourg (MT) and on the Spanish stock exchanges of Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia (MTS).

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