Coal of Africa (CoAL) has appointed Brenda Berlin, who has resigned from her position as Group CFO of Impala Platinum, as CFO.She will replace De Wet Schutte who notified the board of his decision to resign his position as finance director with effect from 30 November 2017 to pursue personal endeavours.
Berlin will join the company on 1 March 2018 and it is the intention that she will join the board of directors during the course of 2018.
Berlin joined Impala Platinum in 2004 and held a number of senior appointments including head of the group corporate finance activities until her appointment as CFO in 2011 where she worked closely with CoAL’s David Brown, who was CEO of Impala Platinum at the time.
Berlin is a chartered accountant who obtained a degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and completed her articles with PwC.
Prior to working with Impala, Berlin worked for Johnnic Holdings in the corporate finance department and, following its unbundling, remained with JCI, assuming responsibility for business development. After leaving JCI, she commenced working for Southern Mining Corporation.
“On behalf of the board of directors, I’m delighted to have Brenda join the company, in what will be vital period over the next 12 months. Brenda is highly regarded in the sector and brings a wealth of financial and mining experience, having been CFO of Impala, one of the world’s largest platinum miners, for the past six years,” says CoAL’s chairman Bernard Pryor.
“Notwithstanding, the recently approved name change to MC Mining, we are entering a new chapter for the company as we look to finalise the development funding for our flagship Makhado project.”
“The entire board would also like to wish De Wet well in his future career and thank him for his contributions to Coal of Africa.”