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.
Barbora Černá Dvořáková
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
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
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
Barbora Černá Dvořáková
Head of Communications