ArcelorMittal ropes in Nokia’s Stephanie Werner-Dietz as global head-HR

Werner-Dietz will take over from Bart Willie, who is set to retire by the end of this year

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ArcelorMittal, the global steel-manufacturing firm, has announced the appointment of Stephanie Werner-Dietz as its new EVP and global head of HR. She will join the Company on 01 September, 2022.

Dietz will move from Nokia, where she is currently the chief people officer (CPO).

She will take over from Bart Willie, the current EVP and head of global HR at ArcelorMittal, who will be retiring after spending 37 years as an HR professional and leader.

At Nokia, as the CPO, she heads the people strategy of the company, right from human-resource management and real estate to employee well-being. Recently, Werner-Dietz had played a crucial role in implementing a new people strategy at Nokia, wherein the Company is focusing on skill building and talent development.

On joining, Werner-Dietz will report to Aditya Mittal, CEO, ArcelorMittal and will also work closely with Lakshmi N. Mittal, executive chairman, ArcelorMittal.

Aditya Mittal is clearly looking forward to “working closely with her on our people agenda. At the end of the day it is our people who bring to life our purpose of making smarter steels for people and planet, so we must ensure ArcelorMittal is attractive to as diverse a pool of talent as possible in support of our ambition to remain the world’s leading steel company in the coming decade and beyond”.

Mittal also thanked Willie for “his strong leadership of the HR function in the past five years” and admitted, “we will miss his wise counsel, but wish him a very happy and fulfilling retirement”.

Lakshmi Mittal is confident that Werner-Dietz “will ensure that ArcelorMittal further refines and develops its people strategy, so that we can continue to attract and develop the brightest talent in all our operations around the world”.

Werner-Dietz has spent her entire career at Nokia working in the HR domain at different levels and in various capacities. She joined Nokia in 1998 as HR manager in Switzerland, and has spent more than two decades at the firm. She went on to serve in multiple geographies such as Germany, Finland, China, Romania, the Philippines and the US.

She appreciates the fact that ArcelorMittal is committed to doing good for the planet as well as people, and also admires the Company’s learning culture. Therefore, she is looking forward to embarking on this “new learning journey and a new challenge with ArcelorMittal – a truly global business with more than 150,000 employees”.

She is “fascinated by the steel industry, which is far more technologically sophisticated than I had imagined” and is “delighted that I will also have the opportunity to work with Bart for the first few months before he retires”.

Hailing from Germany, Werner-Dietz holds a diploma in applied business languages (Chinese) and international business studies from the University of Applied Sciences of Bremen, Germany.

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