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JOHANNESBURG – Sibanye Gold on Monday announced the appointment of Ken Kluksdahl as chief operating officer for the United States region.

This comes as Sibanye earlier this month appointed Chris Bateman as executive vice-president of the United States region to head and lead the team at the Stillwater Operations.

Kluksdahl, who originally hails from Montana, will play an integral part of the US Regional executive led by Bateman. He has over 30 years’ experience in operational mining roles at a number of global mining companies including Homestake Mining, Rio Tinto and more recently, AngloGold Ashanti.

Kluksdahl served as senior vice-president of projects for AngloGold Ashanti in North America between 2010 and 2011 and then, prior to joining Sibanye, for six years as AngloGold Ashanti senior vice-president for Colombia.

“We welcome Ken to Sibanye’s US Region executive team and look forward to his contribution,” Bateman said.

“Ken brings a wealth of knowledge in strategic operational leadership, project management and continuous improvement and I am confident that he will ensure continued gains in productivity at the Stillwater Operations.”

In May, Sibanye completed the acquisition of Stillwater, the United State’s sole provider of platinum and palladium, for $2.2 billion (about R30 billion), in a bid to create a premier global precious metals miner.

African News Agency (ANA)