Ben is the energetic and inspirational Founder and Chairman of Africa Metals & Mining Group and non-executive director of JSE-listed Grindrod, a leader in freight and financial services in South Africa. He recently completed 6 years as CEO of Lonmin Plc, the then third largest and only LSE/JSE dual listed PGM producer. During his tenure, he restructured and returned Lonmin to profitability and subsequently consolidated its assets with Sibanye-Stillwater.
A B. Sc (Engineering) Honours graduate, Ben spent the last 28 years and his entire professional career in the mining and energy industries and has extensive management and leadership experience in both underground and surface mining as well as soft and hard rock mining.
A turnaround enthusiast, Ben’s broad experience includes life-of-mine planning, mine management, project management, corporate strategy, business and market development, restructuring, customer relations, exploration, finance, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, human resources, community and civil society stakeholder engagement, and, national and international government relations, including policy formulation.
His prior roles include: Executive Head (Engineering and Projects) for Anglo American Platinum, the world’s biggest PGMs producer, and CEO of Anglo Coal SA. Ben’s previous board memberships amongst others include Anglo American South Africa and Chairmanship of Richards Bay Coal Terminal, Africa’s largest coal export facility.