Newmont Mining Corporation has appointed Alwyn Pretorius to lead the Company’s Africa business effective March 28, 2016. Mr. Pretorius most recently served as Chief Operating Officer of Harmony, one of South Africa’s premier gold producers.
“Alwyn brings 20 years’ experience in the gold sector to Newmont, and has successfully managed portfolios of up to 10 mines with annual production of 1.3 million ounces of gold. We are confident that his experience and expertise will help us build on our strong performance in Africa, and deliver our strategy to create safer and more efficient operations, a stronger portfolio and more value for shareholders and other stakeholders,” said Gary Goldberg, President and Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Pretorius has served in leadership roles at Harmony and ARMgold. His expertise includes delivering significant safety, sustainability and productivity improvements and forging strong stakeholder relationships. Mr. Pretorius earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Industrial Engineering and Mining Engineering from the University of Pretoria, and was Chairman of the South African Mines Rescue Services Board.
Newmont’s Africa region includes two operations in Ghana, the continent’s second largest gold producer after South Africa. Ahafo began commercial production in August 2006 and Akyem poured first gold in October 2013.
Newmont is a leading gold and copper producer. The Company employs approximately 29,000 employees and contractors, with the majority working at managed operations in the United States, Australia, Ghana, Peru, Indonesia and Suriname. It was founded in 1921 and has been publicly traded since 1925.