Karl Koehler, a director of Tata Steel and CEO and managing director of Tata Steel Europe, has stepped down.

Mr Koehler plans to take up a ‘senior leadership position’ within a large, privately owned industrial company in Germany, but will remain available to Tata Steel for a short period as an advisor.

Koushik Chatterjee, currently group executive director and a member of the boards of both Tata Steel and Tata Steel Europe will also become Tata Steel’s executive director for Europe with effect from 1st March.

Hans Fischer, currently chief technical officer for Tata Steel Europe, will take over from Karl Koehler as CEO of Tata Steel Europe and will join the company’s board. Fischer’s chief responsibilities will be for operational and business performance of Tata Steel Europe.