Reiner Blaschek, the current CEO of ArcelorMittal Germany, will become the CEO of ArcelorMittal Europe Flat Products starting February 1, 2024. He succeeds Yves Koeberle and faces the challenge of leading the division in a difficult economic and political climate.
ArcelorMittal has announced a major leadership change effective February 1, 2024. Reiner Blaschek, who has been serving as the CEO of ArcelorMittal Germany, will now take over the reins of ArcelorMittal Europe – Flat Products. This division is the European arm of the company focused on flat steel production. Blaschek will be succeeding Yves Koeberle, who will now be responsible for pan-European purchasing for the group.
Blaschek is not new to challenges or to the company. Having been with ArcelorMittal and its predecessor companies since 1995, he has served in various capacities. Most recently, he was the CEO of ArcelorMittal Germany and also the Chairman of the Management Board of locations in Bremen and Eisenhüttenstadt.
While expressing enthusiasm about his new role, Blaschek also acknowledges the enormity of the challenges that lie ahead. The steel industry is navigating through turbulent waters with economic uncertainties and political complexities. "Only together with our colleagues in the factories and the support of policymakers can we be successful in decarbonizing steelmaking," said Blaschek in a statement.
The backdrop of these challenges includes transformation projects aimed at making the steel industry more sustainable. Decarbonization efforts are at the forefront, and the support from policy makers will be crucial for achieving these goals.
The succession plan for the CEO position in ArcelorMittal Germany will be announced later. This decision is pending validation from the Supervisory Board's committees.
Reiner Blaschek's appointment as the CEO of ArcelorMittal Europe – Flat Products comes at a time when the steel industry is undergoing significant changes. Facing economic and political challenges, Blaschek is geared up to lead the division into a more sustainable future. His experience and leadership will be instrumental in navigating these challenging times.