The executive officers are responsible for the strategic direction of ArcelorMittal

Executive officers

Executive officers

Executive officers are responsible for the implementation of the company strategy, overall management of the business and all operational decisions.

Chairman and CEO

Lakshmi N Mittal is the chairman and chief executive officer of ArcelorMittal. Mr Mittal founded Mittal Steel Company (formerly the LNM Group) in 1976.

Mr Mittal is a philanthropist and a member of various boards, including Goldman Sachs and EADS. He is a member of the Foreign Investment Council in Kazakhstan, the Global CEO Council of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, the World Economic Forum’s International Business Council, the World Steel Association’s Executive Committee and the European Round Table of Industrialists. He is a member of the board of trustees of Cleveland Clinic.

A graduate of St Xavier’s college in India, Lakshmi Mittal began his career working in the family's steelmaking business in India, and has more than 35 years’ experience working in the steel and related industries.

In addition to forcing the pace of consolidation in the steel industry, he has also championed the development of integrated mini-mills and the use of direct-reduce iron as a scrap substitute for steelmaking. Following the transaction combining Ispat International and LNM Holdings to form Mittal Steel in December 2004, together with the simultaneous announcement of the acquisition of International Steel Group in the United States, he led the formation of the world’s then-leading steel producer. In 2006, under his leadership, Mittal Steel merged with Arcelor to form ArcelorMittal.

Among his many awards and honours, he was named ”Business Person of 2006” by The Sunday Times, “International Newsmaker of the Year 2006” by Time magazine and “Person of the Year 2006” by the Financial Times. In 2008, he received the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian honour, and a Forbes Lifetime Achievement Award. He has also been awarded with a fellowship from King’s College London and a Doctor Honoris Causa by the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland.

Group CFO and CEO ArcelorMittal Europe

Prior to his current role, Aditya was chief financial officer of ArcelorMittal with responsibility for Flat Carbon Europe, investor relations and communications. He joined Mittal Steel in 1997, and was president and CFO of Mittal Steel Company from 2004 to 2006. As CFO of Mittal Steel, he initiated and led Mittal Steel’s offer for Arcelor.

In 2008, Aditya Mittal was named “European Business Leader of the Future” by CNBC Europe, and he was ranked fourth in Fortune magazine’s “40 under 40” list in 2011.

He is a Board Member of the Wharton School and also serves on the board of Iconiq. He is also a significant supporter of the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and works closely with UNICEF, focusing on Children’s healthcare in India.  

Aditya graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the Wharton School in Pennsylvania, US.

Executive vice president, head of strategy, CTO, R&D, CCM, and global automotive

Brian also in charge of automotive joint ventures in China and India.

He joined Dofasco in 1979 as a member of the company's research and development department. In 1989, he was appointed to the American Iron & Steel Institute (AISI) in Washington, D.C. and in 1991, he was part of a Canadian consortium, conducting a study for the World Bank on restructuring the Polish steel industry. 

In 1992, Brian returned to Dofasco as project manager responsible for the delivery improvement team. In 1993, he was appointed general manager of quality systems and became purchasing assistant director in 1998. 

Brian took on the role of director of automotive business in 2001, a position that he held until being named vice president of commercial in 2003. Brian took up additional responsibilities as vice president of NAFTA automotive, after integration into ArcelorMittal in 2007. 

He moved to Flat Carbon Europe in 2008 as chief marketing officer of industry.

Brian holds a Bachelor of applied sciences and engineering from the University of Toronto.

Executive vice president, group head of HR and corporate services

Henri joined the group in 1982 as strategy and research and development (R&D) director in Liege. He has held a number of other positions in the company including R&D director for construction and CEO of the former Arcelor's research division.

Henri was appointed head of corporate services (including legal, capital goods, shipping, IT council) in January 2014, in addition to his role as head of human resources (HR) for the group which he took on in April 2013.

Before taking up his position at corporate level, Henri was head of HR for the company’s Flat Carbon Europe segment and a member of the segment management committee, a position he took up in April 2010. Previously he was CEO of ArcelorMittal Lorraine in France, having first been head of primary for the same operation. 

Henri Blaffart is a civil engineer from the University of Liege, Belgium and holds a masters degree in general management from the Ecole D'entreprise pour le Perfectionnement au Management in Belgium.
Executive vice president, CEO ArcelorMittal South America Long

Jefferson joined the group in 1993 as general manager of Belgo Mineira’s Vitória plant in Brazil. In 2001, he moved to Acindar in Argentina as executive industrial vice president, steel business.

He was appointed industrial and commercial vice president of Acindar in 2006. In 2008, Jefferson joined Long Carbon Europe as head of sections, rails, piles and special sections operations, later becoming CEO of the Long Carbon Americas Business Unit South. In 2011, he was named CEO of Long Carbon Americas, a position which he held until his most recent appointment.

Mr de Paula graduated in metallurgical engineering from the Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil, and holds a master’s degree in financial business and marketing from Universidad Austral, Argentina.

Executive vice president, president and CEO AM/NS Calvert, CEO ArcelorMittal North America

Robrecht started his career at the Sidmar Gent hot strip mill in 1981, and became responsible for its cold rolling department in 1995. In 2001, he was appointed operational director of Bremen, before becoming operational director of Asturias in 2003. 

In 2006, he became vice president FCWE upstream and then chief operating officer in 2007. In 2008, he pursued his career as CEO of Flat Carbon Europe, before being appointed as head and safety and chief technology officer, positions he held until December 2015.   

In July 2016, he was appointed CEO ArcelorMittal North America, a role he has been holding in addition to his responsibilities as President and CEO of AM/NS Calvert. 

Robrecht is an electro-technical engineer and a graduate of the University of Gent, Belgium. 

Executive vice president, CEO ArcelorMittal Europe Flat

Geert Van Poelvoorde started his career in 1989 as a project engineer at the Sidmar Gent hot strip mill, where he held several senior positions in the automation and process computer department. He moved to Stahlwerke Bremen in 1995 as senior project manager.

Between 1998 and 2002, he headed a number of departments, and in 2003 he was appointed director of Stahlwerke Bremen, responsible for operations and engineering. In 2005, Mr Van Poelvoorde returned to ArcelorMittal Gent to take up the position of chief operating officer primary. In 2008, he became CEO of ArcelorMittal Gent with direct responsibility for primary operations. He was appointed CEO of the Business Division North within Flat Carbon Europe in 2009 and in January 2014, he was appointed chief executive officer, Flat Carbon Europe.

Mr Van Poelvoorde graduated from the University of Ghent, Belgium, with a degree in civil engineering and electronics. 
Executive vice president, CEO ArcelorMittal Mining

Simon joined the company in January 2011 as chief commercial officer of ArcelorMittal Mining and is a member of the group management committee. He has over 30 years’ experience in the mining and minerals industry, starting his career in 1981 at BHP Billiton, where he held positions in mines in Australia and Indonesia and other commercial offices globally until 2002. He then joined Destra Consulting Group as Partner before becoming Chief Marketing Officer for Ferrexpo plc in 2006 based in Hong Kong and Switzerland.
Simon is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors with a Diploma in Company Directorship. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Finance from Swinburne University, Australia, as well as a B.A., Psych, Marketing (Comm) from the University of Melbourne, Australia.