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MEI Online: People News: Africa: January 11th 2005


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:: BHP Billiton Appoints Chief Operating Officer

BHP Billiton has announced the appointment of Dr Xolani Mkhwanazi as Chief Operating Officer of Aluminium Southern Africa, to be based in Johannesburg, with effect from 1 February 2005.

This position, previously held by Mr Mahomed Seedat, is the most senior aluminium executive located in southern Africa and reports to the President of BHP Billiton Aluminium, Mr Alex Vanselow, with a close working relationship to BHP Billiton Chairman South Africa, Dr Vincent Maphai.

Dr Mkhwanazi will be responsible for BHP Billiton's southern African aluminium smelters, Hillside, Bayside and Mozal. More specifically, his role will be to maximise the value and potential of these smelters by providing appropriate strategic direction and capitalising on commonalities between them, while also facilitating future aluminium opportunities in the region.

Dr Mkhwanazi has a PhD from the University of Lancaster in the United Kingdom. A nuclear physicist, Dr Mkhwanazi played an important role in the restructuring of the electricity supply industry in South Africa. He is currently Chief Executive Officer at Bateman Africa Limited.




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