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Financial Times and ArcelorMittal Award Boldest Business Leaders in 2014

Moya Greene, Royal Mail CEO, named Person of the Year

The winners of the sixth annual FT ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business Awards were announced in London on Thursday night, recognising the people and companies that have embraced change and taken bold decisions to build sustainable enterprises in a global market.

The winners of the 2014 awards are:

  • Person of the Year: Moya Greene

  • Driver of Change: Alibaba

  • Developing Markets: Sindicato Antioqueño

  • Corporate Responsibility/Environment: Skanska

  • Technology: Bosch

  • Smaller Company: TransferWise

  • Entrepreneurship: PESA

The awards dinner was held at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London, hosted by Financial Times editor Lionel Barber and Lakshmi Mittal, chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal. Ukip leader Nigel Farage was the guest speaker.

Lakshmi Mittal said: “Now in their sixth year, the FT ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business Awards continue to highlight those businesses that are bold, have the courage of their convictions, and are prepared to take the risks necessary to break through in crowded and mature markets, or indeed to create new ones. I congratulate this year’s winners and encourage them always to retain the bold approach that they have so clearly demonstrated.”

Lionel Barber said: “It is encouraging to see both new and established businesses demonstrating brave decision-making and a resolute focus on innovation in an increasingly competitive, global business environment. Moya Greene is a deserving winner of the Person of the Year Award for her role in turning around a loss-making state-owned business into a profitable FTSE 100 company – it was one of the most ambitious state sell-offs for decades.”

Moya Greene – the first woman to win Person of the Year – said in her award acceptance: “I am often asked how in such a short period of time we managed to present a compelling case to investors, so compelling that the government could finally, after 40 years of trying, privatise the Royal Mail. It is really a story of change and effort on the part of thousands of people,” before closing with, “It is my honour to lead but the prize goes to all of them.”

The judges for this year’s awards are:

  • Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

  • Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, ArcelorMittal

  • John Authers, Senior Investment Columnist, Financial Times

  • Leo Johnson, Partner, PwC

  • Luke Johnson, Chairman, Risk Capital Partners

  • Anne Méaux, President & Founder, Image Sept

  • Terry Smith, Chief Executive, Tullett Prebon

  • Peter Tufano, Dean, Said Business School

For images of the awards ceremony, visit the Financial Times Live flickr page.

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About the Financial Times:

The Financial Times, one of the world’s leading business news organisations, is recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 652,000 across (Deloitte assured, Q4 2013). Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving 62% of subscriber consumption, 45% of total traffic and almost a quarter of new digital subscriptions. FT education products now serve 37 of the world’s top 50 business schools.

About ArcelorMittal

ArcelorMittal is the world’s leading steel and mining company, with a presence in more than 60 countries and an industrial footprint in over 20 countries. Guided by a philosophy to produce safe, sustainable steel, we are the leading supplier of quality steel in the major global steel markets including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging, with world-class research and development and outstanding distribution networks.

Through our core values of sustainability, quality and leadership, we operate responsibly with respect to the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, contractors and the communities in which we operate.

For us, steel is the fabric of life, as it is at the heart of the modern world from railways to cars and washing machines. We are actively researching and producing steel-based technologies and solutions that make many of the products and components we use in our everyday lives more energy-efficient.

We are one of the world’s five largest producers of iron ore and metallurgical coal and our mining business is an essential part of our growth strategy. With a geographically diversified portfolio of iron ore and coal assets, we are strategically positioned to serve our network of steel plants and the external global market. While our steel operations are important customers, our supply to the external market is increasing as we grow.

In 2013, ArcelorMittal had revenues of $79.4 billion and crude steel production of 91.2 million tonnes, while own iron ore production reached 58.4 million tonnes.

ArcelorMittal is listed on the stock exchanges ofNew York(MT), Amsterdam (MT), Paris (MT), Luxembourg (MT) and on the Spanish stock exchanges ofBarcelona,Bilbao,Madridand Valencia (MTS).

For more information about ArcelorMittal please visit: http://corporate.arcelormittal.com/

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