Amplats appoints new female CEO


Amplats appoints new female CEO

Published Date: 2020-02-21 | Source: Stephen Gunnion | Author: Stephen Gunnion

Amplats appoints new female CEO

Anglo American head of processing Natascha Viljoen will replace Chris Griffith at the AGM in April.

Anglo American Platinum has been quick to replace CEO Chris Griffith, who announced his resignation along with the group's annual results earlier this week. Group head of processing at Anglo American Natascha VIljoen will replace Griffith when he steps down at Amplats' AGM on 16 April.

Amplats chairman Norman Mbazima said Viljoen was a seasoned senior executive with 28 years of operational experience across the mining industry, in a number of different countries, metals and minerals, including platinum group metals.

Viljoen has held her current role since 2014. Prior to joining Anglo, she was executive vice president of processing at Lonmin and also led the company's sustainability, employee health, environmental and stakeholder relations work at various times. She began her career at Iscor and, amongst other roles, took on leadership positions at AngloGold and was general manager of BHP's Klipspruit Colliery before joining Lonmin in 2008.

The company said Griffith was stepping down to pursue other opportunities. He presided over a restructuring of Amplats which resulted in the disposal of marginal operations as it focused on becoming a low-cost producer.

Amplats' shares declined 2.6% to R1,360 yesterday in line with a 2.5% fall in the JSE's Platinum Mining index. Platinum fell 3% while the price of palladium also weakened.

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