Vedanta Appoints Chris Griffith as CEO of Base Metals Unit and President of International Operations

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Chris Griffith will be in charge of Vedanta Resources’ iron ore activities in Liberia, zinc activities in Namibia and South Africa, as well as all copper activities, including Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) in Zambia and Sterlite Copper in India.

Vedanta Resources announced on September 14 that it had appointed former Gold Fields CEO and Anglo American Plc executive Chris Griffith as CEO of its Base Metals unit in Africa and president of its international operations. The appointment will be effective from October 2, 2023, the Anil Agarwal-led conglomerate said.

Griffith resigned from Gold Fields in December 2022 after the company failed to take over Canadian company Yamana Gold Inc. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering from the University of Pretoria.

Prior to Gold Fields, Chris was CEO of two major global mining companies, Anglo American – Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and Kumba Iron Ore. At Amplats, he drove a phenomenal improvement in operational performance, increasing EBITDA by 1,500%. During his term. At Kumba, the world’s fourth-largest iron ore company, he was responsible for a sharp ramp-up in production ahead of schedule. Revenue grew 127% during his tenure as CEO, Vedanta Resources said in a statement.

Griffith will be responsible for Vedanta Resources’ iron ore operations in Liberia, zinc operations in Namibia and South Africa, as well as all copper operations, including Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) in ZambiaSterlite Copper in India and Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

“In his new role as CEO of Base Metals, Chris Griffith will assume responsibility for leading the businesses of Vedanta Zinc International and Vedanta Copper, including the operations of the Konkola copper mines in Zambia, as well as overseeing the processing activities. downstream of the company across India. and in the Middle East. As International President, Chris will be part of the company’s broader strategic direction and provide guidance for Vedanta’s operations outside of India, including the iron ore business in Liberia,” the company said in a press release.

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“I am delighted to take on this new role at Vedanta. I look forward to driving innovation, operational efficiency and sustainable growth in Vedanta’s base metals business, establishing KCM as a fundamental asset to the company and growing the group internationally. Together, we will deliver value to all our stakeholders across geographies,” Griffith said on his appointment.

Welcoming Griffith to Vedanta, Anil Agarwal, Chairman, Vedanta Group, added: “Griffith’s extensive experience in the mining industry and his leadership at Gold Fields, Anglo American Platinum and Kumba Iron Ore make him an invaluable addition to our team, especially as we enter an exciting phase of growth in our copper business with the return of KCM to our portfolio.

“Chris’ growth mindset, along with a strong commitment to sustainability, aligns perfectly with Vedanta’s core values,” he said.

Griffith notably ran the iron ore and platinum operations of Anglo American Plc, of which Anil Agarwal was once the largest shareholder.

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