Moscow, Russia — MININGREVIEW.COM — 26 June 2008 – Norilsk Nickel – the world’s largest nickel and palladium producer and the largest diversified mining and metals company in Russia – has appointed Ralph Havenstein as chief executive of Norilsk Nickel International. His appointment takes effect on 1 September 2008, and he will be based in Johannesburg.
An announcement by the company here revealed that as head of Norilsk Nickel International, Havenstein would have overall responsibility for the group’s operations and development projects in Finland, South Africa, Botswana and Australia.
He has extensive executive experience in the oil, chemical and mining industries. He started his career with Sasol, the well known South African producer of synthetic fuels from coal and natural gas. Upon leaving Sasol in 2003 as executive director in charge of the chemicals businesses, he joined Anglo Platinum Limited as chief executive officer until his departure in August 2007. During this time Havenstein also served as vice president of the South African Chamber of Mines.
Norilsk Nickel CEO Denis Morozov stated: “I am delighted that Ralph has decided to join Norilsk Nickel. We look forward to the extensive experience he brings to our Group in leading the growth of large mining companies. This is another step in Norilsk Nickel’s efforts to build its leading executive team and create further opportunities for expanding internationally.”
Havenstein commented: “I look forward to being part of the Norilsk team in this exciting growth phase of its history. The international operations are already a sizeable nickel business in their own right, and I believe there is further potential to unlock additional value through strategic growth and development opportunities.”