Kluks­dahl new COO for US re­gion

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SIBANYE GOLD yes­ter­day an­nounced the ap­point­ment of Ken Kluks­dahl as chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer for its US re­gion. Ear­lier this month, Sibanye ap­pointed Chris Bate­man as ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent of the US re­gion to lead the team at its Still­wa­ter Op­er­a­tions. Kluks­dahl will play an in­te­gral part in the US re­gional ex­ec­u­tive led by Bate­man. He has over 30 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in op­er­a­tional min­ing at a num­ber of global com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing Homes­take Min­ing, Rio Tinto and, more re­cently, An­gloGold Ashanti. Kluks­dahl served as se­nior vice-pres­i­dent of pro­jects for An­gloGold Ashanti in North Amer­ica be­tween 2010 and 2011. Be­fore join­ing Sibanye, he was An­gloGold Ashanti’s se­nior vice-pres­i­dent for Colom­bia for six years. “We wel­come Ken to Sibanye’s US re­gion ex­ec­u­tive team and look for­ward to his con­tri­bu­tion,” Bate­man said. “Ken brings a wealth of knowl­edge in strate­gic op­er­a­tional lead­er­ship, project man­age­ment and con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment, and I am con­fi­dent that he will en­sure con­tin­ued gains in pro­duc­tiv­ity at the Still­wa­ter Op­er­a­tions.” In May, Sibanye com­pleted the ac­qui­si­tion of Still­wa­ter, the US’s sole pro­ducer of plat­inum and pal­la­dium, for $2.2 bil­lion (about R30bn), in a bid to cre­ate a premier global pre­cious met­als miner.

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