Jean-Claude Herman graduated from the University of Liège in Metallurgy (Civil Engineering) in 1977. He joined CRM as research engineer in 1977 and became Head of the Physical Metallurgy Department in 1989 (covering metallurgical aspects in flat and long products). From 1996 on, he was appointed Head of ‘Flat Rolling Department’ (inaugurating CRM Gent), which later changed into ‘Flat Rolling and Flat Products Department’, i.e. covering the processing aspects of rolling and product development. In 2005, he took the position of General Manager of CRM. He is also the chairman of the European Committee “Physical Metallurgy and design of new generic steels”.