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Chris Griffith (48)
B Eng (Mining) Hons, Pr Eng

Appointed a director and chief executive on 1 September 2012.

Chris was appointed chief executive officer to Anglo American Platinum Limited on 1 September 2012. He previously served on the board of Kumba since 1 July 2008 as the chief executive officer. He was previously the executive head of joint ventures for Anglo American Platinum Limited. Chris serves as a non-executive director on the board of Exxaro Resources Limited and is also a director of Anglo American South Africa Limited. He has over 19 years of mine management experience and was previously general manager of Anglo American Platinum’s Amandelbult Platinum mine and Bafokeng Rasimone Platinum mine.

Bongani Nqwababa (46)
BAcc (Honours), CA(Z), MBA

Appointed a director in January 2009.

Appointed a director in January 2009. Bongani joined Anglo American Platinum Limited as finance director in January 2009. He is the former finance director of Eskom Holdings Limited. Prior to joining Eskom, he served as treasurer and chief financial officer of Shell Southern Africa. Bongani is currently a non-executive director of Old Mutual plc and chairman of the South African Revenue Service Audit Committee. He trained as an accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers.


Andrew Hinkly (48)
BSc (Engineering), MBA

Appointed as executive head of marketing on 1 January 2012.

Andrew joined Anglo American plc in 2008 as group head: procurement and supply chain after working for the Ford Motor Company for 20 years, during which time he obtained extensive global experience in finance, purchasing, strategy and new market development. He is currently executive head: commercial and a director of subsidiaries of the Anglo American Platinum Group.

Pieter Louw (53)
BSc (Mining Engineering)

Pieter was appointed executive head: mining at Anglo American Platinum Limited on 1 September 2007. He is an experienced engineer, manager and director in the mining field, having served in various capacities in the gold, iron ore, coal and base metals industries. He has worked in both surface and underground mining operations in South Africa, Zambia and South America.

Lorato Mogaki (44)
BA (Law), Masters Dip (Human Resources Management), MBA

Lorato joined Anglo American Platinum Limited in 2005 as Group manager: people development and was later appointed as head of human resources development and transformation. Prior to that Lorato was a training and development general manager in the post and telecommunication sector. She also sits on the board of the Mining Qualifications Authority.

July Ndlovu (47)
BSc (Honours), MBL, CSEP, BLP

July was previously employed by Anglo American subsidiaries in Zimbabwe, where he held senior managerial positions in metallurgical operations and technical services. In 2001, he transferred to Anglo American Platinum Limited, where he was first appointed business manager of the Polokwane Smelter, then head: process technology. He became executive head: process in September 2007.

Vishnu Pillay (55)
BSc, MSc

Vishnu joined Anglo American Platinum Limited (Amplats) in January 2011 as executive head of the Company’s joint-venture operations. Before joining executive_commitee.asp he was executive vice-president: South African Operations for Gold Fields Limited and, prior to that, was vice-president and head of operations at Driefontein Gold Mine. His 25 years at Gold Fields were interrupted by a brief period with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, where he was director of mining technology and group executive for institutional planning and operations.

Dean Pelser (44)
BSc (Min Eng) Hons

Appointed 1 February 2013.

Dean has an extensive background in the Mining Industry spanning some 26 years in the gold, coal and PGM mining industry. He joined executive_commitee.asp in 1999 and was appointed as a director of RPM shortly thereafter. His experience in executive_commitee.asp includes operational and strategic management having held roles of general manager at Mogalakwena Mine, divisional director: Eastern Limb, general programme manager: Eastern Limb development and most recently head of infrastructure and SD.

His knowledge of management, strategic planning and large-scale project delivery will continue to add value to the Company. He is also the chairman of Lebalelo Water User Association, Joint Water Forum and serves on the board of Lepelle Northern Water.

Gordon Smith (54)
BSc Eng (mining); MSc Eng; MBA; PhD

Gordon has 34 years minerals industry experience across precious metal, base metal, ferrous metals, chrome, diamond and semi-precious stone, and coal operations. During this period, Gordon has held a range of technical, managerial and executive positions with Rio Tinto Zimbabwe, Falcon Mines plc, the Chamber of Mines Research Organisation, CSIR - Mining Technology, Snowden Mining Industry Consultants and Metora Mineral Resources prior to joining Anglo American Platinum in 2003 as General Manager Planning.  Subsequent appointments were as Head of Strategic Business Planning, Head of Mineral Resource Management and now Executive Head: Technical.  Gordon is a registered Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa, a Fellow and Office Bearer of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, a Fellow of the Mine Ventilation Society of South Africa, and a member of the South African National Institute of Rock Engineering.