Anglo American Platinum Limited, a subsidiary of Anglo American plc, has announced the appointment of Craig Miller as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective from 1st October 2023. The decision follows Natascha Viljoen’s choice in February to take on the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Newmont Corporation.
Anglo American Platinum’s Chairman, Norman Mbazima, expressed his excitement about Craig Miller stepping into the CEO position. Mbazima praised Miller’s four years of service as the finance director of Anglo American Platinum, during which he demonstrated exceptional leadership and played a crucial role in strategy development and execution. Miller’s expertise in the mining industry spans over 23 years, with experience in South Africa, Brazil, and the UK, and covers various areas, including precious group metals (PGMs), base metals, and bulk commodities businesses.
Miller’s appointment comes at a critical juncture as the mining industry grapples with macro-economic uncertainties, such as high inflation and lower metal prices. In his new capacity, Miller aims to prioritize safe and stable operations while fostering a high-performance culture to deliver sustainable ounces and industry-leading returns through economic cycles.
Anglo American Platinum acknowledged Natascha Viljoen’s significant contributions during her tenure as CEO. Under Viljoen’s leadership, the company achieved significant safety milestones, invested substantially in asset integrity and mine development, and effectively navigated the unprecedented challenges posed by the pandemic. Viljoen’s strategic approach has positioned the company to continue generating value for stakeholders well into the future.
Upon his appointment, Craig Miller expressed his excitement and commitment to building on the company’s well-established strategic priorities, which have proven resilient in challenging times. He emphasized the importance of agility in adapting to market realities while maintaining efficiency and prudent resource management. Miller underscored that safety will remain the utmost priority while fostering a diverse, inclusive, and high-performance culture.
“I am really excited to take on my new role at Anglo American Platinum and look forward to building upon our well-established strategic priorities, which have helped us adapt and thrive through the challenges of the last few years. Against the backdrop of macro-economic uncertainties, including high inflation and lower metal prices, we must remain agile, adapting to market realities while focusing on efficiency and prudent resource management. We have the foundations in place for safe and sustainable operations and continued value delivery, and will continue investing in our growth projects in a disciplined manner,” said Miller.
Anglo American Platinum, as a major player in the global mining industry, is committed to addressing environmental, social, and corporate governance goals while providing essential metals and minerals for modern life. The company’s primary focus on sustainability and innovation aligns with its commitment to being carbon neutral by 2040.
As Craig Miller assumes his new role as CEO, the Board of Anglo American Platinum has initiated the process of selecting his successor as finance director. Miller’s extensive experience in the mining sector and track record of strategic leadership are expected to contribute to the company’s continued success and value creation for stakeholders.