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Following Vivek Bhide’s recent nomination to the post of Group Regional President for India, John Cockerill India Limited’s Board announced today the appointment of Michael Kotas as the company’s new Managing Director, effective June 1st, 2023.

Michael is a proven leader and brings considerable international business experience, as well as an exceptional track record in building business and delivering significant shareholder value. In the over 22 years of his international career, he has been filling various management functions and executive positions for some of the big players in the Metals industry. Michael joined John Cockerill in 2018 as Company Manager of John Cockerill UVK in Montabaur (Germany) specialized in Acid Regeneration Plants (ARP), Pickling and Degreasing lines, before moving to China in 2021 as Company Manager of Cockerill Engineering Beijing (CEB) serving the full Metals business. Michael will lead the future growth and development of John Cockerill India Limited to further leverage our presence in India.

Sébastien Roussel, Chairman of John Cockerill India and President of the Group’s Industry Sector said: “I am very happy to congratulate the former Managing Director of John Cockerill India Ltd., Vivek Bhide for his recent appointment as Regional President India of the John Cockerill Group, with the set goal to support the growth of all John Cockerill businesses in this strategic area. I want to thank Vivek unreservedly for his services and achievements within and for the Industry Sector since 2019.” Before adding: “Today we are welcoming Michael Kotas and I am confident that he will continue persuing the same successful path, and be instrumental in the further implementation of the Indian growth strategy envisaged by our Sector and the John Cockerill Group.“