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Shortlist announced for the 2012 FT ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business Awards

The Financial Times and ArcelorMittal have announced the shortlist for the 2012 FT ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business Awards. The global awards, now in their fourth year, recognise businesses that, through bold decisions, drive change and inspire innovation in their sectors.

Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times, said: “I am delighted with the high calibre of entries we have received for this year’s awards. Each of the shortlisted companies has displayed commitment to innovation and change in their field during what has been a particularly volatile year for global businesses.”

The judges for this year’s awards are:

  • Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

  • Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman & Chief Executive, ArcelorMittal

  • John Authers, Senior Investment Columnist, Financial Times

  • Dipak Jain, Dean, Insead

  • Leo Johnson, Partner, PwC

  • Luke Johnson, Chairman, Risk Capital Partners

  • Anne Méaux, President & Founder, Image Sept

  • Terry Smith, Chief Executive, Tullett Prebon

Winners of the FT ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business Awards 2012 will be announced on 20thMarch, at a ceremony hosted by Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times, and Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman and Chief Executive, ArcelorMittal, at a central London location.

The shortlisted nominees are:

Drivers of change

Bold drivers of change see opportunity where others only see danger and are not afraid to change their company or even their industry.

  • Al Jazeera

  • Amazon

  • GlaxoSmithKline

  • Google

  • MasterCard

  • Tata Group

Corporate Responsibility

Boldness on this front means taking responsibility for the impact of your organisation and trying to improve society as a whole – be it through innovation, education or philanthropy.

  • Marks and Spencer

  • One Water

  • Puma

  • Toms

  • Unilever


The winner of this category will have gone beyond offsetting its carbon footprint to considering sustainability on a much broader front.

  • Goldwind

  • Husk Power Systems

  • Helveta

  • Luyuan

  • Novozymes

  • Siemens


Entrepreneurs not only have good ideas – they also work harder, faster and smarter to see them realised. The winner in this category, large or small, will have taken risks – and been proved right.

  • Arm Holdings

  • Fast Retailing

  • Flipkart

  • Hyflux

  • IndiGo

  • Spotify

Emerging Markets

With emerging markets fast becoming the engine of global growth, companies from these countries are increasingly taking on those from developed markets – and winning. The next challenge is to develop a globally recognised business.

  • AirAsia

  • BTG Pactual

  • BM&FBovespa

  • Samsung Electronics

  • Sany Heavy Industry

  • Quanta


Which company has really broken through in the last year?

  • Ecotricity

  • Opower

  • Moda Operandi

  • Muddy Waters Research

  • Square

Person of the Year

The shortlist for this category will be unveiled during the awards ceremony. Previous winners include Alan Mulally of Ford; Sergio Marchionne of Fiat and Chrysler; the innovators at Apple, Twitter, Google and Groupon; Vale, the Brazilian mining giant; and Huawei the telecoms group.

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For further information please contact:

James Matheson / Richard Lambert, Braben
T: +44 (0)207 025 8021
E: FT@braben.co.uk

Giles Read, ArcelorMittal
T: +44 (0)203 214 2845
E: Giles.Read@arcelormittal.com

Kristina Eriksson, Financial Times
T: +44 (0)207 873 4961
E: kristina.eriksson@FT.com

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  601,269  (Deloitte assured, 3 October 2011 – 1 January 2012) and a combined print and online average daily readership of 2.1 million people worldwide (PwC assured, May 2011). FT.com has over 4 million registered users and 260,000 paying digital subscribers. The newspaper, printed at 22 print sites across the globe, has a global print circulation of 333,771 (ABC, December 2011).

About ArcelorMittal

ArcelorMittal is the world’s leading integrated steel and mining company, with a presence in more than 60 countries.

ArcelorMittal is the leader in all major global carbon steel markets, including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging, with leading R&D and technology. The Group also has a world class mining business with a global portfolio of over 20 mines in operation and development, and is the world’s 4th largest iron ore producer. With operations in over 22 countries spanning four continents, the Company covers all of the key industrial markets, from emerging to mature, and has outstanding distribution networks.

Through its core values of sustainability, quality and leadership, ArcelorMittal commits to operating in a responsible way with respect to the health, safety and well-being of its employees, contractors and the communities in which it operates. It is also committed to the sustainable management of the environment. 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. ArcelorMittal is a member of the FTSE4Good Index and the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index.

In 2010, ArcelorMittal had revenues of $78.0 billion and crude steel production of 90.6 million tonnes, representing approximately 6 per cent of world steel output. The Group’s mining operations produced 47 million tonnes of iron ore and 7 million tonnes of metallurgical coal.

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

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