Chris Bateman heads up Sibanye US Region

Chris Bateman has been appointed as executive vice president in the United States Region for Sibanye. In addition to heading up the region and leading the team at the Stillwater Operations, Bateman will also join the Sibanye executive committee.

Chris Bateman has served as chief financial officer at Stillwater Mining Company since 2014. Prior to that, Chris worked for more than 18 years in the mining industry, gaining broad and diverse experience in the platinum, palladium, copper, uranium, diamonds and industrial minerals sectors. Prior to joining Stillwater Chris served as chief financial officer at Turquoise Hill, Rio Tinto Diamonds and Minerals product group, Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium product group and Energy Resources of Australia. He has served on the boards of Richards Bay Minerals in South Africa, Oyu Tolgoi copper mine in Mongolia and QIT Madagascar Minerals in Madagascar.

Outgoing CEO of Stillwater, Mick McMullen, will transition into the role of technical advisor until year end, 2018, thereby ensuring management and operational continuity and facilitating the integration of Stillwater into Sibanye. Under McMullen and Bateman’s leadership, Stillwater significantly reduced costs through productivity improvements and positioned itself as a leading global PGM producer. Sibanye, with Stillwater enhancing its substantial South African PGM portfolio, is positioned to play a leading role in the international PGM industry.

“We are delighted to welcome Chris as head of the US region. Chris’ extensive industry knowledge and experience will strengthen the Sibanye executive team and his collaborative leadership style and broad experience at executive level will facilitate a smooth integration of Stillwater into the broader Sibanye Group,” says Neal Froneman, CEO of Sibanye.

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