Severstal appoints new Human Resources VP

Olga Filatova

DEARBORN – Severstal North America, one of the largest U.S. based flat-rolled steel producers, appointed Olga Filatova vice president of Human Resources effective Thursday. Filatova replaces Melvin Baggett, who is retiring after 36 years with the company.

Filatova joins Severstal North America’s executive team from OAO Severstal, SNA’s Moscow-based parent company and one of the world’s largest steel and mining conglomerates. At OAO Severstal, Filatova was talent director, responsible for recruitment, training, performance and succession management.

Previously, she worked in various talent management roles at Yukos, an oil company, and Mars, a food manufacturer. Filatova holds a Master of Strategic and Corporate Governance degree from Moscow’s Higher School of Economics, as well as an executive master’s degree from the Stockholm School of Economics.

“Olga Filatova is highly qualified to lead Severstal North America’s human resources efforts in personnel development and retention, attraction of the best talent and implementation of strategic HR initiatives to meet our business objectives of growth, continuous improvement and culture change management,” Sergei Kuznetsov, CEO, Severstal North America.

“She brings unique international perspective to this important role and will build on our success in establishing one of the most talented and diverse workforces in the industry,” Kuznetsov said.

“We also wish Mel every success, as he begins his next chapter in life and thank him for the immense contributions to building our HR organization and forming the foundation for a great relationship with the UAW at Severstal Dearborn.”