Anglo American's Natascha Viljoen to step into CEO role


Natascha's appointment follows the resignation of Chris Griffith and comes into effect on 16 April.

Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has announced the appointment of Natascha Viljoen as its new CEO with effect from 16 April. 

Natasha’s appointment follows the resignation of Chris Griffith after more than seven years with the company. 

Read more: Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith to step down 

About her appointment, Natasha said: 

“I feel really excited to take on my new role at Anglo American Platinum and I am fortunate to inherit a business in such a strong position.” 

She believes that, after Chris reshaped the company’s PGMs portfolio to be fit for the future, Amplats “now has an opportunity to re-imagine how it operates”.

Amplats chairman Norman Mbazima expressed his delight in welcoming Natasha as CEO. She is a “seasoned senior executive, bringing 28 years of operational experience from across our mining industry, spanning many different countries, metals and minerals including the PGMs”. 

He added that she knows the company very well, having worked with the executive team over the last five years in leading the changes required to transform the performance of Amplats’ operations. 

Natasha is currently group head of processing for Anglo American. Prior to joining Anglo American, she was executive VP of processing at Lonmin. She began her career as an engineer at Iscor and, amongst other roles, took on leadership positions at AngloGold and was general manager of BHP’s Klipspruit Colliery before joining Lonmin in 2008. 

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