People: Lonmin PLC (LONJ.J)
19 Sep 2014
Mr. Bennetor Magara has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director of Lonmin Plc., effective July 1, 2013. Ben Magara is currently the Executive Head of Engineering and Capital Projects at Anglo American Platinum Limited where he has closely engaged with the government and the communities. Prior to his current role, Ben was the Chief Executive Officer of Anglo Coal South Africa, responsible for Anglo American's total coal business in South Africa and revenues of around US$2 billion. He has 22 years' experience in the mining industry, having held various positions where he has demonstrated an exceptional operational track record as well as engaged and worked with governments and local communities. He has a Mining Engineering degree from the University of Zimbabwe and an Accelerated Development Program from London Business School. His career in mining has spanned mining supervision, management and leadership experience and he rose from the rock-face to CEO by 2006. His broad experience includes life of mine planning, production, general management, project management, strategy and business development, restructuring, customer relations, exploration, finance, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and human resources. In addition, Ben Magara has a record in community engagement, government relations, conflict resolution, organisational culture and gaining support from a wide range of stakeholders. Ben has been a director of Anglo American South Africa since 2006, is a non-executive director of Foskor and was Chairman of Richards Bay Coal Terminal, Africa's coal export facility. He is also a Trustee of Unisa (University of South Africa, Africa's biggest long distance education Institution) and is a Chairman of the Board of Trustees at St Peters School Foundation.
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