GFG Alliance attracts top executives to Global Advisory Board

Media release > 13th October, 2020

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  • Board to provide high-calibre independent advice for GFG Alliance
  • To advise on growth strategy, with a focus on Environment, Social and Governance
  • Spans key markets in Australia, India, continental Europe, the UK and the Americas

Sustainable industry leader GFG Alliance today announced the launch of a Global Advisory Board whose world-leading industry experience and insight will guide the company in delivering its strategic priorities and achieving best practice in Environment, Social and Governance, particularly towards its Carbon Neutral 2030 target.

GFG Alliance has appointed the board following the consolidation of its businesses into three industry brands; LIBERTY Steel Group, ALVANCE Aluminium Group and SIMEC Energy Group, as it continues its drive to improve governance, transparency and independent advisory structures across the group.  

GFG is pleased to announce that it has attracted 17 experts across industry, politics, economics and law, who will help shape GFG Alliance’s strategy to transform industrial manufacturing and become carbon neutral by 2030 (CN30). 

The board will be divided into five regional sub-groups – reflecting GFG Alliance’s key markets in Australia, India, continental Europe, the UK and the Americas – which will meet four times a year. The full board will meet every year under the Presidency of Mark Elborne, former CEO and President, GE UK and Ireland, and hold informal group discussions each month.

Sanjeev Gupta, GFG Alliance’s Executive Chairman, said:

“The Global Advisory Board’s depth and breadth of expertise will be enormously valuable to GFG Alliance’s future by providing independent strategic advice and guidance particularly as we reinforce our commitment to Environment, Social and Governance and continue to improve transparency across the group.

“We’re delighted to have made a great start in securing high-quality members who will guide us on best practice and in meeting our industry-leading target of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.  We will be building out the Board’s expertise further and look forward to welcoming new members.”

Mark Elborne, President of the Global Advisory Board, said:

“GFG Alliance’s vision of modernising manufacturing processes with low carbon technologies and renewable power is enormously exciting. The members of the Global Advisory Board are committed to help the company set a strong ESG framework, deliver on its strategic goals, and achieve its ambition to be carbon neutral by 2030.”

Global Advisory Board members:

RegionNameExperience & Accomplishments
Mark Elborne (President of Board)
Former President and CEO, GE UK and Ireland after being Corporate General Counsel, GE EMEA and a senior partner at CMS Cameron McKenna.
UKJon BoltonFormer Chairman of UK Steel and senior leader at British Steel, Corus, Tata Steel and Liberty Steel.
UKLord Lancaster of KimboltonUK Member of Parliament for 14 years including Government roles as Lord Commissioner of the Treasury and Minister of State for the Armed Forces.
UKCarwyn JonesFormer First Minister of Wales and Leader of the Welsh Labour Party.
UKAlexander DownerFormer Australian High Commissioner to the UK and Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs.
EUAnne LangeSenior executive at Cisco before co-founding software start-up Mentis in 2014. Sits on the board of Orange, Pernod-Ricard, Inditex and FFP.
EUHenri ProglioFormer Chairman and CEO of EDF, Veolia Environnement and Compagnie Générales d’Entreprises Automobiles.
EUSigieri Diaz della Vittoria PallaviciniChief investment officer of Rottapharm since 2004 and has held executive roles across the pharmaceutical and finance sectors.
EUCristian ColteanuFormerly GE’s President & CEO for Romania, Bulgaria and the Republic of Moldova, and prior to that Secretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Romania’s Ambassador to Italy and Malta.
EUPeter StracarMost recently President and CEO, GE Europe, following senior roles at Hilti Group.
AmericasMichael SetterdahlAmong several board memberships across the steel industry, he was Managing Director of international steel trading company Novosteel SA before becoming the sole owner from 2000 until 2007.
AmericasRay LaHoodExtensive career in US politics, serving in the House of Representatives and as Secretary of Transportation.
AustraliaRay HorsburghChairman of three ASX-listed companies, with deep steel industry experience. Awarded Order of Australia for his service to the steel industry.
AustraliaSimon McKeonFormer Executive Chairman, Macquarie Group (Melbourne office) and Chairman/President of several Federal Government bodies.
AustraliaMichael MorleyLed GFG Alliance in Australia and served as senior vice-president in Nyrstar.
AustraliaProfessor Ross GarnautProfessorial Research Fellow in Economics at the University of Melbourne. Chairman of Sunshot Energy and Director of ZEN Energy.
IndiaS J MukhopadhayaFormer justice of the Supreme Court of India, Chief Justice of the High Court of Gujarat and most recently first chairperson of the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal.

Read the Global Advisory Board – full biographies


Andrew Mitchell
Head of Communications – UK
GFG Alliance
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Henry Evans
Media Relations
GFG Alliance
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