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Profile of Karl Haider

Born in the Austrian city of Freistadt in 1965, Karl started his professional career as an apprentice at voestalpine in 1981, quickly moving on to shift work at the heavy end and steel production. He paused his career in 1989 to study Technical Chemistry and Business Economics at the Johannes Kepler University in Austria. Karl has a PhD in Natural Science. 

From 1997, Karl filled a number of sales related roles, including Product Manager and Sales Director  at the Dutch chemical company DSM from 2001 until 2006. He then returned to voestalpine, first as a project manager and then, from 2009 until 2011 as a Member of the Executive Board of the high performance metals division of voestalpine AG. Karl has been Chairman of several Supervisory Boards globally during these roles.

Karl joined Tata Steel in Europe in 2011 as Director Downstream Operations. In September 2017, Karl was engaged in preparation for the intended joint venture with thyssenkrupp Steel Europe, but this process ended in May 2019. Karl is leading Sales, Marketing and Supply Chain as Chief Commercial Officer of Tata Steel Europe since November 2019.

Karl is married and has a son who is doing a PhD in Physics and a daughter who is studying Economic