Tata Steel Europe CEO to step down

Tata Steel said Karl Koehler, chief executive officer and managing director of it European operations will step down to take a senior leadership role with a privately owned industrial company in Germany.

He will remain available to Tata Steel for a short period in an advisory capacity, it said in a statement.

Current Chief Technical Officer of Tata Steel Europe Hans Fischer will be appointed chief executive officer and join the Board of Tata Steel Europe from March 1, the statement said.

It said Koushik Chatterjee, group executive director and member of the boards of Tata Steel and Tata Steel Europe, will be Tata Steel’s executive director for Europe in addition to his current responsibilities.

Hans Fischer joined Tata Steel Europe as Chief Technical Officer on 1 July 2012. He worked for Hoogovens – now Tata Steel Netherlands – in various operational positions until joining the German steel and technology group Salzgitter in 2001 as Technical Managing Director, becoming Chairman of the Management Board of Salzgitter Flachstahl in 2004 and, later, a member of the Executive Board of Salzgitter, the statement said.

In 2010 Hans joined the German industrial group ThyssenKrupp where he was CEO for Steel Americas. He rejoined Tata Steel in 2012, the added.


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