Northam Platinum has announced the appointment of Paul Dunne as successor to Glyn Lewis, the current CEO.

This follows a decision by Lewis to slightly accelerate his retirement plans as Northam’s CEO, the platinum producer said in a statement. Lewis’s current contract expires on 30 June 2014.

The appointment of Dunne follows a comprehensive process followed by the board to timeously find a suitable replacement for Lewis.

Former Implats executive director

Dunne is a former executive director of Impala Platinum Holdings (Implats), who held responsibility for mining, concentrating and smelting operations at Implats’ Rustenburg and Marula mines.

“The board has full confidence in Dunne’s ability to take over from Lewis, and is pleased to have found a highly qualified and experienced replacement,” stated Northam in the statement.

With effect from 1 March

In order to allow Dunne to effectively fulfil his position as new CEO, and to do so as soon as possible, while ensuring a smooth transition with Lewis, the former will assume the CEO role with effect from 1 March 2014.

Lewis joined Northam in 2001 as manager of the Zondereinde division, and was appointed as CEO in 2005.

Zondereinde

During Lewis’ tenure, the geologically challenging and technically difficult operation at Zondereinde has been placed on a stable and sustainable footing.

Decline access to 2 300 m below shaft collar is being developed, where new levels, to access conformable Merensky Reef reserves, will progressively become available for mining.

Booysendal

The Booysendal project was commissioned on 30 June 2013, on schedule and within budget, and is currently being ramped up to the design capacity of 150 000 tons milled per month.