The management committee is comprised of senior managers with responsibility for various business divisions and functions in ArcelorMittal

Management committee

Management committee

The purpose of the management committee is to foster an entrepreneurial spirit within the company, creating an organisation that is inventive and adaptable as well as accountable. For this reason, the structure of the committee is both lean and flat.

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.

Jose Manuel joined the group in Spain in 1986 as a trainee engineer, progressing in his career with a number of successive promotions and appointments within the engineering and steel works area. In 2005, Jose Manuel was appointed human resources director for ArcelorMittal Spain, before becoming the site deputy manager in 2007. 

In 2008, he was appointed vice president and site manager. In his most recent role, Jose Manuel was appointed CEO of ArcelorMittal Asturias in 2009.

Jose Manuel is a graduate in mining engineering from Oviedo University, Spain. He holds a MBA from Asturias Business School, Oviedo University, Spain.

Benjamin was previously vice president commercial for Flat Carbon South America. He joined the group at subsidiary Companhia Siderúrgica de Tubarão (CST) in Brazil in 1983, where he gained a broad range of executive experience, including extensive project and operational responsibilities.

He graduated as a metallurgical engineer from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and has completed several senior management programmes at Fundação Dom Cabral in Brazil and Insead in France.

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. 
John joined the group at former Inland Steel in 1988 as associate accountant, and progressed to become a manager specialised in financial analysis and systems in 1997. In 1998, John took on the role of controller for Ispat Inland Steel. In 2005, he was promoted to vice president finance and planning and controller for Mittal Steel USA. 

In his most recent role, John was appointed executive vice president of finance, planning and procurement for ArcelorMittal USA in 2012.

John holds a MBA from the University of Chicago and is a graduate in economics from the DePauw University.

Victor started his career with Caterpillar in operations before moving to Prolec GE as its plant manager in 1997. He joined the group as general manager Dofasco de Mexico in 2000, and has played a key role in the evolution of the business, from project stage to a mature and well-diversified business, over the last decade.

Victor holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and electrical engineering from Universidad Regiomontana and a MBA from Instituto Tecnologico y Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.

David joined Mittal Steel in 2003 to support the integration and operational improvement activities in the Group’s then new acquisitions in Eastern Europe. In 2006, he co-led the development of the Mittal Steel Value Plan, a key element of the successful bid to merge with Arcelor, and was appointed vice president of strategy in 2007. In January 2016, he was also appointed as chief technology officer of ArcelorMittal.

David was appointed head of strategy in 2013, in charge of the development of medium- to long-term industry outlook, coordinating the Group’s annual strategy process, and leading projects of key strategic importance. Prior to joining Mittal Steel, David held positions at McKinsey & Company Princeton, Cambridge and Oxford Universities and AT&T Bell Laboratories.

David holds a PhD and MA in physics from Princeton University where he was a Fulbright Fellow and a Hackett Scholar, and a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Western Australia.
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. 

Sean joined Dofasco in 1981 as a production engineer. He held various leadership positions with the company before being appointed general manager of market development and product applications in 2003.

In 2005, he became director for quality systems and manufacturing technology, and in 2008 he was named vice president of technology. Prior to becoming CEO ArcelorMittal Dofasco in November 2014, Mr Donnelly was vice president of manufacturing.

He graduated from the McMaster University in Canada with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering.

Daniel joined the group in 2010 as head of investor relations. Daniel has a deep knowledge of the metals and mining industry having spent the past ten years in senior equity research roles – initially as co-head of Merrill Lynch Mining and Steel Research, and latterly as managing director, mining and steel research at ICAP Equities.

Daniel is a graduate from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, with an Honours degree in accounting and financial analysis.

Vijay Goyal was appointed Chief Executive Officer ArcelorMittal Distribution Solutions and member of the Group Management Committee on 1 October 2016.

Vijay joined Mittal Steel in 1999 and held various positions in finance. In 2007, he became Chief Financial Officer and head of strategy for Long Carbon Europe, followed by his appointment as Chief Financial Officer and head of central supply chain of Flat Carbon Europe in mid-2008.

In his most recent role, since 2014, Vijay has been Chief Financial Officer of ArcelorMittal Europe and additionally in charge of legal, IT and shared service centre Europe. Vijay graduated from St Xavier’s College, Calcutta. He is a chartered accountant and cost and works accountant from the respective institutes in India. He has also completed executive education programmes at Wharton Business School.

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. 

Paramjit started his career in 1993, in the project management of steel projects and, in 1995, he moved to a senior role at SMS Siemag. Paramjit took up the position of senior project manager at Danieli & Co in Italy in 2001. 

Between August 2008 and July 2010, Paramjit was in the lead role for projects and strategy for ArcelorMittal Kryviy Rih's pre-crisis ambitious investment program. In July 2010, Paramjit was promoted to the position of chief technical officer and, in March 2012, to the role of chief operating officer of ArcelorMittal Kryviy Rih. 

Paramjit went on to become the CEO of ArcelorMittal Kryviy Rih in 2015 before being appointed as CEO of ArcelorMittal CIS in May 2016. 

Paramjit is a graduate from Haryana Institute of Engineering in India and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Metallurgy from the Indian Institute of Metals in India. Paramjit also has a certificate in Computer Engineering from Indira Gandhi Open University.

Augustine was appointed to the management committee on 1 July 2013.

He joined the group in 1994 as a controller at Mittal Steel Hamburg before being promoted to chief financial officer (CFO) two years later. Mr Kochuparampil played an important role in the consolidation of the European units of Mittal Steel, in his capacity as CFO of Ispat Europe from 2001 to 2003. At the end of that year, he became the CFO of Mittal Steel Poland, a position Mr Kochuparampil held until his appointment as CEO of ArcelorMittal Galati, Romania, in January 2007. 

In June 2009, he became CEO of ArcelorMittal Ostrava and in 2011, was appointed CEO of Long Carbon Europe’s business division east.

Prior to joining ArcelorMittal, Mr Kochuparampil spent around 19 years in the steel industry in India with the Steel Authority of India.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from St Xavier’s College under the University of Calcutta, India. He is a fellow member of the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of India and also holds a Bachelor’s degree in law from Ravi Shankar University, Raipur, India.

Gregory started his career in Russia as a researcher in the field of solid state physics. In 1979, he was hired by East Chicago, Indiana, Research Laboratory operated by the Inland Steel Company, which was purchased by Mittal Steel in 1998.

Mr Ludkovsky progressed through the research and development (R&D) department to become vice president of R&D in 1995. In 1998, he was named chief technology officer for Ispat International and, later, for Mittal Steel Company. He later became vice president of global R&D for ArcelorMittal.

He holds two dozen patents and is an author of numerous publications in the field of physical metallurgy.

Genuino joined Belgo-Mineira in Brazil in 2003 as an accounting manager. In 2005, after the reorganisation of the Brazilian operations resulting in the creation of Arcelor Brazil, he was appointed general manager in charge of accounting, consolidation and reporting for Brazil. 

In 2007, Genuino also accumulated the tax and real estate functions for Brazil and South America. He played a leading role in several reorganisations in Brazil and in the set-up and development of the Brazilian shared services centre. In January 2009, Genuino took on the role of head of group accounting, consolidation and financial reporting. In 2014, group treasury was added to his responsibilities. He is also a member of the ArcelorMittal Corporate Finance and Tax Committee (CFTC). 

Prior to joining the group, Genuino spent ten years at KPMG in Brazil and in the United Kingdom as an auditor and consultant. Genuino holds a Bachelor in accounting and business administration from Paulista University in São Paolo, Brazil and has also completed the Executive MBA Programme from Dom Cabral Foundation in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Sanjay joined the group in 2003 as director, sales and marketing of Mittal Steel Galati, Romania. In 2005, he was appointed director, sales and marketing and member of the board of Mittal Steel, Poland. 

After the merger of Mittal Steel and Arcelor in 2006, he was promoted to vice president and chief marketing officer, Eastern Europe. He moved to the Czech Republic in 2008 as CEO and chairman of ArcelorMittal Ostrava.

In 2009, Sanjay became CEO and chairman of ArcelorMittal Poland, and CEO of Flat Carbon Europe business division east, covering operations in Poland and at Eisenhüttenstadt in Germany.

He has a degree in chemical engineering from Panjab University, India. He has also completed the Accelerated Development Programme for Business Leaders at the London Business School, UK.

Kleber Silva was previously general manager of mining operations in Brazil. Prior to joining the group in 2006, he held the same position at the Brazilian mining company CVRD.

From 1997 to 1999 Mr Silva was mine planning and operations specialist at Québec Cartier Mining Company in Canada, which has become part of the ArcelorMittal group.

Mr Silva holds a degree in mining engineering from Ouro Preto School of Mines, Brazil, and a master’s in mining from the Paris School of Mines, France.

Wim Van Gerven was appointed CEO business division north in January 2014. He started his professional career in 1988 as electrical maintenance manager at ArcelorMittal Gent, where he held various senior positions prior to being appointed general manager of the cold rolling works in 2002.

In 2005, he moved to Eisenhuttenstadt as head of downstream. In October 2008, Wim was appointed COO of ArcelorMittal Poland. His most recent position was CEO of ArcelorMittal Gent.

Wim holds a masters degree in mechanical and electrical engineering from the University of Gent, Belgium, as well as a MBA from the Vlerick Leuven Gent management School, Belgium.


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. 
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.  

Secretary to the management committee: Leonardo Carneiro