Když mluvíme o kultuře, ArcelorMittal Ostrava je partnerem mnoha místních kulturních akcí včetně festivalu Colours of Ostrava. Co to pro vás znamená? Hudba je moje celoživotní radost a s Ostravskem mám v tomto ohledu spojeny nezapomenutelné zážitky. Zúčastnil jsem se několika kulturních akcí, a to nejen jako
posluchač, ale i jako vystupující. Hraji na indické bubny. Je to nástroj, kterému se říká tabla a který se hodí jak pro indickou, tak i evropskou hudbu. Nerad bych ze sebe dělal hudebního profesionála, ale hraní mi vždy pomohlo se naladit na stejnou strunu s lidmi odlišných kultur i s atmosférou daného místa. Text:
Barbora Černá Dvořáková Vedoucí komunikace ArcelorMittal Ostrava
Innovation Is Our Daily Bread
Ashok Patil (50) was appointed chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors of ArcelorMittal Ostrava on May 1, 2017. From 2012 he was the chief financial officer and member of the board of directors of ArcelorMittal Ostrava. He is a graduate in mechanical engineering and a certified treasury professional, and has an MBA in finance and marketing. He is married and has two children. His hobbies include music and football. He lives in Ostrava. You represent a big multinational company, a leader in innovations. Which of the recent innovations would you highlight? Looking back at the last two years, I am really proud of what the company has achieved in terms of automation and digitalisation. We have hired many experts from the Czech Republic and outside to accelerate this change. We have been able, for example, to install new control systems in our operations, to streamline the dispatch of steel and the movement of trucks in our premises with automated systems, to have remote controlled operation of certain installations and many other. Innovation is a way of life in our company and digitalisation is a key lever.
of Finance for ArcelorMittal Ostrava. To me, Ostrava and the region have four things that are highly attractive: a great history of steel and metallurgy, people of excellent technical skills and professionalism that translates to an enormous contribution to the national economy, a strategic location in the east with proximity to key destinations and customers, and a rich cultural scene which makes this place multicultural and international in the true sense.
In your career you have lived in many countries. How do you feel about this region? My journey with ArcelorMittal started 16 years ago. During this period, I have had the opportunity to live in many countries throughout Europe, discover their cultures and meet and work with the legends of the steel industry. All of this has been a very enriching experience both professionally and personally.
Talking of the local culture, ArcelorMittal Ostrava is a big partner of the local cultural projects, including Colours of Ostrava. What does that mean to you, personally? Music being my passion, to me the city of Ostrava and the region are connected with some memorable moments that I will carry for the rest of my life. I have participated in some of the local cultural events, not only as a spectator, but also a performer. I occasionally play the Indian drums called tabla, a versatile instrument fit for both Indian and European music. I would not dare to claim I am an artist but playing this instrument has always helped me to connect to various cultures, the local people and the musical vibe of the place.
I has been associated with the Ostrava steel mill since its privatization through numerous visits and later started to work here. Now, I am completing my fifth year here, though with a gap of one year, my former role being in charge
Text: Barbora Černá Dvořáková Head of Communications ArcelorMittal Ostrava POSITIV 2017/2018