Board of Directors

VAMA’s governance framework is constituted by its Board of Directors providing guidance to the Management Team to ensure strict compliance with external regulations and internal controls.


Our governance framework allows continuous interactions among stakeholders to fulfill governance and corporate responsibility objectives, and promptly respond to issues posing social, environmental, and ethical risks.


VAMA is committed to have good governance in terms of responsible corporate behavior and ethical business practices. We believe in upholding high level of integrity in all our management decisions and business transactions is one of the key success factors.


The 4 member Board of Directors is responsible for overall oversight of the business, strategic guidance and decisions, and appointment of the Management Team.


Day to day management of business and implementation of strategic decisions are delegated by the Board of Directors to the Management Team.


The Management Team implements any decision only if it is in line with VAMA philosophy and values.


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Cheng Peixiang was born in April 1969 in Xiangxiang city, Hunan Province. He joined the Chinese Communist Party in June 1998 and started his career in August 1991. And, he graduated from the University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB) in 1991, majored in Metallurgy and Machinery, and got master’s degree of Mechanical Engineering in USTB, EMBA in CEIBS, and doctor’s degree of Science and Engineering Management in Central South University in 2015, holding a title of professor of engineering.

He worked successively as Vice Director of Machinery workshop of High Speed Wire Rod Factory of Xiangtan Steel, Vice Senior Engineer of High Speed Wire Rod factory of Xiangtan Steel, Deputy Director of No. 2 High Speed Wire Rod Factory of Xiangtan Steel, General Manager of High Speed Wire Rod factory of Xiangtan Steel, Preparatory Group leader of New Steel making (heavy plates) of Xiangtan Steel, Director of heavy plates manufacturing department of Xiangtan Steel. He was appointed as General Manager Assistant of Xiangtan Steel in July 2005, Vice General Manager of Xiangtan Steel in May 2006, Deputy Party Secretary, Vice General Manager of Xiangtan Steel in February 2009 and Executive Vice General Manager, Deputy Party Secretary of Xiangtan Steel in November 2010. He serves Lianyuan Steel as Party Secretary since 2015 and serves VAMA as Chairman since 2018.

Chairman, VAMA Board and Party Secretary, Lianyuan Steel


Cheng Peixiang

Chairman of the Board,
Party Secretary of Hunan Valin Lianyuan Steel

Brian Aranha joined Dofasco’s research and development department in Canada in 1979. After assignments with the American Iron & Steel Institute in Washington DC, and working on a study for the World Bank on restructuring the Polish steel industry, he returned to Dofasco in 1992 as project manager on the delivery improvement team.

After several promotions, in 2009 Mr Aranha was named chief marketing officer Flat Carbon Europe, global customers and automotive worldwide.

He holds a degree in applied science from the University of Toronto, Canada. He also completed the executive development programme at Queen’s University School of Business, Canada.

EVP of ArcelorMittal & Board Director of VAMA--Brian Aranha


Brian Aranha

Executive Vice President of ArcelorMittal

Sanjay SHARMA serves ArcelorMittal as CEO of China & India. Prior to achieving this title, Sanjay served in multiple leadership roles in China JVs- CEO for VAMA and COO at Hunan Valin Steel. Earlier he was General Manager–Merger & Acquisitions on the ArcelorMittal Corporate team. He joined ArcelorMittal in 2001, and was the part of the first team on the ground to build ArcelorMittal’s (then Mittal Steel) China operations from its early stages. After receiving his MBA, Sanjay joined McKinsey & Company, in Dubai. At McKinsey, he worked closely with the upper echelon of leading basic material industry players focusing on formulation and implementation of strategy. Sanjay started his career with Steel Authority of India Limited.

Sanjay is an Indian national with an MBA from INSEAD in France and B. Tech (Honors ‘94), Metallurgical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). He is alumnus of Harvard Business School‘s Advance Management Programme.

VAMA Board of Directors--Sanjay SHARMA



Vice President of ArcelorMittal, CEO of China & India

Xiao Zunhu was born in Oct. 1970 in Lianyuan county, Hunan province, with Han nationality. He joined Communist Party of China in Jul. 2003, and started his career in Jul. 1995. And, he graduated from University of Science and Technology Liaoning, and holds master degree and professional title of senior engineer.

He worked successively as engineer, deputy manager, manager of Steel shop and 210t BOF Plant. He was appointed the assistant to General Manager of LYS & executive deputy director of Technology Center of LYS in Dec. 2013 and Deputy General Manager of LYS & director of Technology Center of LYS in March 2015. He serves LYS as Executive Director & General Manager since Jan. 2016.

Mr. Zhou Yingqi


Xiao Zunhu

General Manager of Hunan Valin Lianyuan Steel