On 7 November 2013, Lonmin, announced that the Chairman of its board of directors, Roger Phillimore, had indicated his intention to retire from office during 2014.
The Company now announces that Roger Phillimore will retire as Chairman of the board and as a director of the Company at the close of business on 30 April 2014.
With effect from 1 May 2014, Brian Beamish, an independent non-executive director who joined the board on 1 November 2013, will become Interim Chairman of the board of directors.
Beamish is an engineer and spent 36 years with the Anglo American Group primarily in operational and leadership roles, retiring from the role of Group Director: Mining and Technology in 2013. During his time with Anglo American, he held various roles including COO and subsequently CEO of its global base metals business, before which he gained extensive experience with Anglo American Platinum, including four years as Operations Director.
More recently he served as a non-executive director of DeBeers and as a non-executive director of Anglo American Platinum. A graduate of Wits University, he also attended the PMD programme at Harvard Business School.
Commenting on this appointment, outgoing Chairman Roger Phillimore said, “I am pleased that my successor is such an experienced and able leader.”
“Brian has a deep knowledge of the South African mining industry and has already made a significant contribution during his short time on the board, says Phillimore.
Brian Beamish said, “On behalf of the shareholders, I would like to thank Roger for his many years of dedicated service to Lonmin and for his unstinting efforts as Chairman, for which we owe him a very considerable debt of gratitude.
He has been a superb leader of the board in what were oftenextremely challenging circumstances.
The company’s Chief Executive Officer, Ben Magara said, “Roger has been a great pillar of support for me since my arrival at Lonmin and I will always be grateful for the support and wise counsel he invariably provides.I have known Brian for many years, and have the greatest respect for him personally and for his considerable knowledge of the challenges facing the platinum mining industry.”
He is somebody I know I can work with in achieving our objectives in the years ahead,” concludes Magara.