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Top Steel Company Supports Center’s Excellence

Michael G. Rippey BS'79

President and CEO, ArcelorMittal USA

Michael G. Rippey

“Every employer wants employees who are driven to continuously improve both their technical and leadership skills. Earning an MBA from a school like Kelley does just that, not only by sharpening the skills but also by strengthening the foundation for long-term success."

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ArcelorMittal is the world’s 39th largest company and the number one steel company on the planet. To run its U.S. division, they picked a Kelley graduate, naturally.

Michael G. Rippey, BS’79, is president and CEO of ArcelorMittal USA. He’s well-acquainted with Kelley’s strengths, and is the driving force behind the company’s continued support of the Kelley School, both in private gifts and in hiring practices. Over the years, ArcelorMittal has been a generous donor to Kelley’s I-Core program, its Center for Global Sales Leadership, and has funded two faculty fellowships. This is a company that knows a good thing when it sees it.

“It is in the best interest of corporations like ours to see that the outstanding curriculum and other programs offered by Kelley continue well into the future. I-Core, like its predecessors ‘A’ and ‘B’ Core, enables students to build strong interpersonal skills, which are essential in today’s business world,” says Rippey. “At ArcelorMittal, we are proud to partner with the Kelley School of Business and lend our support for the sustainable growth of the school and its many future initiatives. We believe that our support of academic research through the faculty fellowships is a key enabler of business innovation.”

With over 300,000 employees in the world and 10,000 in Indiana alone, ArcelorMittal is always on the lookout for talented people, and the Kelley School is a top recruiting area. Is it any wonder, given that the firm’s CEO bleeds cream and crimson?

“I will always appreciate my educational experiences, both formal and informal, from Kelley, which prepared me well for the opportunity to lead, along with a strong team, one of the nation’s principal industrial companies,” says Rippey. Decades later, Rippey is pleased to see Kelley’s tradition of excellence still going strong. “The school offers students the opportunity to learn from some of the best faculty members in the nation who believe the best way to learn about the business world is to provide courses that mirror the business world,” he says.

Published April 14, 2011