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Jochen Zeitz announced as FT Boldness in Business keynote speaker

Jochen Zeitz, PUMA’s Chairman and CEO, responsible for turning PUMA into one of the top three brands in the sporting goods industry, will be speaking at this year’s FT ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business Awards.

Zeitz, currently the longest-serving CEO of a public company in Germany (since 1993), recently appointed Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) of the PPR Group, and three-time former winner of the Financial Times’ ‘Strategist of the Year’, will speak to the global business community at the third annual awards on 16 March 2011. The FT ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business Awards celebrate the boldest and most innovative businesses and decision makers in mature and emerging markets.

Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times, said: “I’m pleased to confirm Jochen Zeitz as a keynote speaker at this year’s awards. His inspiring CSR and sustainability work with PUMAVision, alongside his experience in leading a successful global brand such as PUMA, will be of great interest to our community of business leaders at the event.”

Jochen Zeitz, commented: “As we are addressing boldness in business at the awards, I will be highlighting sustainability in business for our future and the future of the planet. Knowing what we know today, it doesn’t take rocket science and boldness to recognize that a sustainable business from an economic, social and environmental point of view is not only a responsibility and non negotiable but that it offers all of us an opportunity as well.”

The 2011 awards will seek to recognise those companies and individuals that have grasped the opportunity for innovation and change, and have taken calculated risks to stand out during another tumultuous year for businesses around the world. Judges for this year’s awards are:

  • Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

  • Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman and CEO, ArcelorMittal

  • John Authers, Head of the Lex Column, Financial Times

  • J Frank Brown, Dean, INSEAD

  • Luke Johnson, Chairman, Risk Capital Partners

  • Anne Méaux, Founder & President, Image Sept

  • Terry Smith, Chief Executive, Tullett Prebon and founder of Fundsmith

  • Leo Johnson, Partner, PWC

The 2011 awards recognise those companies and individuals that have grasped the opportunity for innovation and change, and have taken calculated risks to stand out during another tumultuous year for businesses around the world.

The award categories represent the critical decisions faced by businesses and individuals in 2010: Drivers of Change; Corporate Responsibility; Entrepreneurship; Environment; Emerging Markets; Newcomer and Person of the Year.

The Financial Times will publish a bespoke magazine and micro-site containing news and results from the event following the awards ceremony.

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About the FT

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 597,015 (Deloitte assured, 2 October 2010 to 4 January 2011) and a combined print and online average daily readership of 1.9 million people worldwide (PwC assured, May 2010). FT.com has three million registered users and the FT has 206,892 paying digital subscribers. The newspaper, printed at 24 print sites across the globe, has a daily circulation of 390,121 (ABC figures December 2010).

About ArcelorMittal

ArcelorMittal is the world’s leading steel company, with operations in more than 60 countries.
ArcelorMittal is the leader in all major global steel markets, including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging, with leading R&D and technology, as well as sizeable captive supplies of raw materials and outstanding distribution networks. With an industrial presence in over 20 countries spanning four continents, the Company covers all of the key steel markets, from emerging to mature.
Through its core values of Sustainability, Quality and Leadership, ArcelorMittal commits to operating in a responsible way with respect to the health, safety and wellbeing of its employees, contractors and the communities in which it operates. It is also committed to the sustainable management of the environment and of finite resources. ArcelorMittal recognises that it has a significant responsibility to tackle the global climate change challenge; it takes a leading role in the industry’s efforts to develop breakthrough steelmaking technologies and is actively researching and developing steel-based technologies and solutions that contribute to combat climate change.
In 2009, ArcelorMittal had revenues of $65.1 billion and crude steel production of 73.2 million tonnes, representing approximately 8 per cent of world steel output.
ArcelorMittal is listed on the stock exchanges of New York (MT), Amsterdam (MT), Paris (MT), Brussels (MT), Luxembourg (MT) and on the Spanish stock exchanges of Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia (MTS).
For more information about ArcelorMittal visit: www.arcelormittal.com.

For further information please contact:

James Matheson / Richard Lambert, Braben
T: 020 7025 8021
E: FT@braben.co.uk

Lizzie Allen, Financial Times
T: +44 (0)207 873 4463
E: lizzie.allen@FT.com

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