Vedanta ap­points Dhesh­nee Naidoo as Africa Base Met­als CEO

Zambian Business Times - - MINING -

Dhesh­neehnee Naidoo has been ap­pointed as CEO of Vedanta Re­sources’ AfricaAfric Base Met­als, an en­tity through which its zinc and cop­per as­sets in South Africa, Zam­bia and Namibia will be man­aged.

Naidoo’s ap­point­ment sig­nals Vedanta group’s on­go­ing com­mit­ment to en­hanc­ing its African op­er­a­tions and is seek­ing to iden­tify and drive syn­er­gies across these op­er­a­tions in terms of op­er­a­tional ex­cel­lence, pro­cure­ment, mar­ket­ing, peo­ple de­vel­op­ment, and in­vest­ment in com­mu­ni­ties, in line with the group’s vi­sion of busi­ness with pur­pose, Vedanta said in a state­ment.

Naidoo will com­bine the lead­er­ship of Konkola Cop­per Mines(KCM), in Zam­bia, and Vedanta Zinc In­ter­na­tional ( VZI), in South Africa and Namibia, as well as Cop­per Mines of Tas­ma­nia.

In this role, she will also be KCM CEO, which co­in­cides with the de­par­ture of KCM’s cur­rent CEO Steven Din, who will leave Vedanta in July.

“Desh­nee has suc­cess­fully brought on new pro­duc­tion at Gams­berg and won the re­spect and con­fi­dence of the teams that she leads. I’m de­lighted that we have a woman leader from Africa at the helm of our African op­er­a­tions. We have strong am­bi­tions for our busi­ness in Africa and Desh­nee is com­mit­ted to de­liver on these,” Vedanta Re­sources chair­per­son Anil Agar­wal com­mented on Wed­nes­day 16 May.

Speak­ing about Din’s move, Agar­wal said, “We warmly thank Steven for all his valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to Vedanta and KCM over the last four years, where he suc­cess­fully steered the busi­ness through one of the ma­jor cop­per price slumps.

“He en­hanced the safety cul­ture and ini­ti­ated a pro­gramme to trans­form KCM and aligned the work­force to Vedanta’s vi­sion to pro­duce 400 000 t of cop­per. I wish him ev­ery good for­tune and thank him for his ser­vices to Vedanta, KCM and to the com­mu­ni­ties in the cop­per­belt and Zam­bia.”

Din’s de­par­ture from KCM, he added, cre­ates the op­por­tu­nity for Naidoo to step into the CEO role for KCM while the larger Africa role en­ables more col­lab­o­ra­tion and syn­er­gies across the con­ti­nent and South­ern Africa.

Dhesh­nee Naidoo has been ap­pointed as CEO of Vedanta Re­sources’ Africa Base Met­als

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