Russian steelmaker NLMK Group, has announced changes to its IT and R&D management team, which, it claims, are both key vectors of the Group’s forthcoming Strategy 2022.

Dr. Bruno Charles De Cooman has been appointed vice president for research and development. The position covers the co-ordination of activities of the Group’s research centres at its production facilities, the development of advanced steel products, and process optimisation, including through the use of physical system technologies and advanced methods of materials characterisation.

Elena Demyanova, director of NLMK information technologies since 2004, has been appointed group vice president for information system development, with responsibility for the implementation, development and support of corporate information systems and technological process automation at NLMK’s production sites around the world.

Last but not least, Andzhey Arshavskiy has been appointed to the newly created role of director for data analysis and modelling and will be responsible for implementing mathematical methods of data analysis and mathematical modelling to enhance operational and business process efficiency.

Oleg Bagrin, NLMK’s group president and CEO, said that the development of research centres for modelling production processes, the creation of innovative new products and implementation of unique new technologies will be an important area of NLMK’s Strategy 2022.