LIBERTY Steel Group, part of Sanjeev Gupta’s sustainable industry leader GFG Alliance, last Wednesday announced that it will appoint the highly experienced Prasanta Mishra as the interim General Manager of its LIBERTY Galaţi plant in Romania.
Prasanta, who has been the Technical Director at LIBERTY Galati since December 2020, will report into Paramjit Kahlon, Chief Executive Officer, Primary Steel and Integrated Mining, LIBERTY Steel Group.
He will be responsible for driving an improvement in the plant’s production levels up to around 3.0 million tonnes steel a year from around 2 million tonnes last year.
He will also work with the Galati team to accelerate the plant’s move towards carbon neutrality through the use of modern steel-making technologies, such as a Direct Reduced Iron (DRI) plant, electric arc furnaces and power from renewable energy which will significantly reduce its CO2 emissions and create a more sustainable business.
Prasanta joined LIBERTY at the end of last year from the Stallion Group for which he had been CEO of its Premium Steel and Mines and Platinum Steel Turkey for five years. He brings almost thirty years’ experience in the steel and aluminium industries, having held senior operational and commercial roles for companies including the SAIL Rourkela Steel Plant, Aditya Birla Group, Jindal and ArcelorMittal. He started his career with Tata Steel and holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from NIT Rourkela and a Diploma in Sustainable Business Strategies from Harvard Business School.
Commenting on the news, Paramjit Kahlon, Chief Executive Officer, Primary Steel and Integrated Mining, LIBERTY Steel Group, said: “I am very pleased that Prasanta has stepped up to take on the leadership of the LIBERTY Galati team. I know that his unrivalled technical and operational experience, his drive for continual improvement and his collaborative management style will help the Galati team increase the plant’s production and push forward its move to carbon neutrality so that it can achieve long term sustainability.”