Lakshmi N. Mittal, chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal, is the 2018 recipient of The American Iron and Steel Institute's (AISI) highest award, The Gary Medal. Mittal accepted the award via video link during a lunch-time ceremony at AISI’s general meeting in Washington, DC last week.

While presenting the award, AISI president and CEO, Thomas J. Gibson, said that Lakshmi Mittal’s steel domain encompasses four continents, 60 countries and 199,000 employees. "He created the largest steel and mining company in the world.He is committed to both the science and art of steelmaking, and his talent in building a sustainable, transformative company will change the world for generations to come," said Gibson.

"Mr. Mittal is a great industrialist who knows no limits on what he wants to accomplish, and has accomplished, in the steel industry. He is truly a man of steel, and much deserving of this high honour.”

The citation reads, “For inspiring a generation of steelmakers and diverse customers with your determination and unique vision for the future of steel; for your commitment to a sustainable world where steel is the material of choice indefinitely; and for your spirit, tenacity and leadership in bringing solutions to global challenges at the highest level of excellence.”

Mittal has served as chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal since 2006 when it was formed by the merger of Arcelor SA and Mittal Steel Company, which he founded in 1976. Additionally, he serves on the Cleveland Clinic’s board of trustees and is a member of the advisory council at Harvard University.