Paramjit Kahlon has been appointed CEO, Primary Steel and Integrated Mining, LIBERTY Steel Group (LSG), the eighth largest steel producer outside of China.

The appointment will bring together all of LIBERTY’s primary steel making and integrated mining operations into one global structure to drive synergies and operational efficiencies.

According to LSG, Paramjit Kahlon is among the world’s top global steel executives having held senior positions at ArcelorMittal between 2008-2019, including that of chief technical officer, chief operating officer and more recently as CEO for CIS and the Middle East.

Executive chairman, Sanjeev Gupta commented: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Paramjit Kahlon as CEO, Primary Steel and Integrated Mining. Paramjit is one of the world’s top steel executives whose experience will be invaluable as we execute our global strategy, drive synergies across the group and achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.”

Paramjit will oversee all of LSG’s primary steel and integrated mining businesses located in Ostrava in the Czech Republic, Galati in Romania, and Whyalla and Tahmoor in Australia.

His immediate focus will be on dealing with the COVID-19 crisis and then ensuring the operations are sustainable over the long term through investment in lower carbon technologies such as hydrogen, DRI and electric arc furnaces.

Paramjit Kahlon remarked: “I’m extremely pleased and excited to be joining Liberty Steel Group at such a pivotal time in its development as a global steel player. I look forward to working with Sanjeev and the team as we manage the current COVID-19 crisis and embark on our journey to deliver LIBERTY Steel Group’s unique vision to become carbon neutral by 2030.”