Kluksdahl new COO for US region
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.