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New Executive Roles at Liberty Steel

Written by Sandy Williams

Liberty Steel Group has shifted its executive leadership in order to better manage the impact of COVID-19. The group’s board of directors, based in London, will be chaired by Sanjeev Gupta who also serves as CEO.

LibertyLogoInternational operations in the U.S. and Australia will be overseen by Regional President Dak Patel who will continue in his parallel role as Executive Director and Chief Executive of InfraBuild in Australia.

Greg Jones, mostly recently Managing Director for InfraBuild Wire, is the new CEO for Liberty Steel USA and will be moving with his family to the U.S. to begin his position.

Roland Junck will oversee Liberty Steel in the United Kingdom and continental Europe. Junck previously served as CEO of ArcelorMittal and Chairman of British Steel.

Executive Chairman Sanjeev Gupta said: “This is an important step as we complete the consolidation of GFG Alliance’s steel businesses into Liberty Steel Group. I’m proud of the leadership team we’ve brought together, which comprises some of the most experienced names in the global metals industry. The immediate focus of the Liberty Steel Group board will be to manage the impact of COVID-19 on our people, operations and customers, and ensure the group is well prepared for the recovery when it comes.”

The full Liberty Steel Group board consists of:

  • Sanjeev Gupta, Executive Chairman and CEO, Liberty Steel Group
  • V Ashok, Chief Financial Officer, Liberty Steel Group
  • Arnaud de Weert, Chief Operating Officer, Liberty Steel Group
  • Roland Junck, President and interim CEO, Liberty Steel Europe & UK
  • Dak Patel, President, Liberty Steel Australia & USA
  • Ray Horsburgh AM, Independent Non-Executive Director
  • Paul Struijk, Independent Non-Executive Director

Liberty Steel Group, the eighth largest steel group outside of China, spans 10 countries with more than 200 manufacturing locations and a total annual rolling capacity of 18 million metric tons. The group produces iron ore and coking coal, and recycled steel as well as semis, long and flat steel products and value-added services. The group is a consolidation of GFG Alliance Steel businesses that include Liberty House in the UK, Liberty Steel Continental Europe, Liberty Steel USA, and InfraBuild and Liberty Primary Steel and Mining Australia. The company is organized in three divisions, Liberty Primary Steel, Liberty GreenSteel and Liberty Engineered Steel, and employs over 35,000 people.

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