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ArcelorMittal Liberia’s senior management team

Michel Privé


  • Appointed chief executive officer (CEO) of ArcelorMittal Liberia in September, 2015
  • Michel started his career in 1987 in the mining industry as mechanical engineer at Quebec Cartier Mining in Canada. In 1992 he was appointed Manager of the Maintenance department of mining equipment and later became Maintenance Director for mining and mobile equipment, buildings, structures and services. In 1998 he was responsible for maintenance and equipment efficiency improvement. From 2006 to 2011, he held the position of General Manager & Head of Mont-Wright mining complex in Canada. He was then appointed Chief Technical Officer of Mining Department of PJSC ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih in early 2012. His most recent position was Chief Operating Officer Mining at ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih.
  • He has both a BSc in engineering and a Master’s degree in applied sciences from Université du Québec, Chicoutimi, Canada.
  • An alum of the Pioneer Talent Pipeline Program from ArcelorMittal University.

Deepak Bapana


  • Appointed chief financial officer (CFO) of ArcelorMittal Liberia in May, 2015.
  • Joined ArcelorMittal in beginning of 2009 as finance manager, after serving senior managerial positions in the banking and manufacturing industries.
  • 13 years of global professional experience in finance and controls management.
  • Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and B.Com from MDS University, Ajmer.
  • Worked in Liberia for two years (2009-2011) before being appointed Head of Finance at AM Mining SA, Luxembourg (Dec 2011 to May 2015).

Ronny Addy

Country Manager

  • Appointed Country Manager of ArcelorMittal Liberia in March, 2014
  • 15 years experience in Liberia’s mining industry.
  • Previous positions include Managing Director of Mano River Iron Ore Inc., Country Manager of African Aura Mining, Aureus Mining Inc., Putu Iron Ore among others in senior and executive level positions.
  • Extensive background in finance, management and law.
  • He holds a BBA in Accounting, MBA in Finance and an LLB in Law.

Prasad Sreenivas

Chief technical officer

  • Chief technical officer since November 2012
  • General manager Mining in ArcelorMittal Liberia since November 2012
  • Joined Mittal Steel in 2001 as mining manager in Kazakhstan
  • Iron ore mining experience since 2000
  • B. Tech (Mining Engineering) from Indian School of Mines – 1983

Denis Foulds

Rail and Port manager

  • Appointed port and rail manager in April 2013
  • Joined ArcelorMittal Liberia in May 2012 as Port Manager,Port Operations Manager , Port of Tyne Newcastle. General Manager “Logistics” ,  Belize,  Central America.
  • 31years’ logistical experience in Port, Maritime, Road and Rail Operations. Senior Instructor, School of Logistics, Port & Maritime Division.
  • Various Port , Maritime & Logistical  Management positions, around the world, UK, Germany, Angola, Sierra Leone, Falkland Islands,  Afghanistan, Belize Central America, Liberia .    
    Port Operator certified class  / level  1, 2 and 3
    International Maritime and Dangerous Goods Instructor (IMDG)
    Material Handling Equipment , ( MHE )  Instructor and Examiner
    Defensive Driving Instructor and Examiner (DDE, DDI)
    Higher National Diploma,  HND,  NEBS in Management
    Higher National Diploma NEBS (NVQ Level 4) and several certificates in port and maritime operations and management
  • (NVQ Level 4) Management
  • Flight deck officer (FDO)
  • Member of British Safety Council.

Watchen Johnson Babalola

Human resources manager

  • Appointed government relations and corporate responsibility manager in June 2012
  • Joined ArcelorMittal in Liberia as corporate responsibility (CR) manager in August 2008
  • Several positions internationally in Sudan, Iran, Sierra Leone, Liberia with United Nations, Action Aid, World Food Programme
  • MA in population studies – Ghana. B.Com – economics – Sierra Leone

Hesta Pearson

Communication manager

  • Joined ArcelorMittal Liberia in 2011 as communications manager
  • 28 years of experience in communications.
  • Media and corporate communications background including American City Business Journals, Cap Cities ABC – Fort Worth Star Telegram newspaper, CBS news, Chevron and Morris Communications, Interstate America.
  • Publisher of Guest Informant, Style magazine, Business Liberia and Liberia Travel & Life magazines
  • BA in communications, University of Texas at Arlington.