South Africa: Chris Griffith to step down as head of Anglo American Platinum

After seven years at the helm of Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), the world’s leading platinum producer, Chris Griffith has decided to leave the South African company to « pursue other career opportunities », it was announced in a press release on Monday 17 February, the same day as the publication of the annual results for 2019, which are expected to rise.
Commenting on the announcement, Amplats chairman Norman Mbazima stressed the « outstanding contribution [of Chris Griffith] to improving safety and to the operational and financial recovery of the company », while Mbazima said that the position had been « the culmination of a long and rewarding career with Anglo American » and that he was convinced that now was « the time for the next generation of leaders to take the company forward and add value ». The executive will officially step down at the next shareholders’ meeting on April 16, 2020. The name of his successor, who is expected to be an internal candidate of the group, will be announced in the near future, Amplats management said.