John Wallington

8th March 2019

By: Martin Creamer

Creamer Media Editor


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Full Name: John Nicholas Wallington

Position: Part-time nonexecutive director of Kwatani since July 2018

Main Activity of the Company: Kwatani is an original-equipment supplier and manufacturer of custom-designed vibrating screens for the mining industry

Date and Place of Birth: October 1, 1957, Harare, Zimbabwe

Education: St David’s Marist, Inanda, matric, 1975; BSc (mining engineering), University of the Witwatersrand

First Job: Mining graduate, Arnot colliery, 1981

Size of First Pay Packet: R800 a month

Career Path: Arnot colliery, seven years; Kriel colliery, two years; Kleinkopje colliery, seven years; South African Coal Estates, seven years; Anglo Coal head office consulting engineer, four years; Anglo Coal (South Africa) CEO, four years; Anglo Coal (Global) CEO – heading South Africa, Colombia, Australia and Canada – four years (I left Anglo in 2008, although I had planned to be there forever); Coal of Africa, from 2010 to 2013; Sibanye, ten months; Kwatani, nonexecutive director, currently

Value of Company Assets: Kwatani turns over more than R300-million a year

Number of People under Your Leadership: The company employs 180 people

Management Style: Participative, empowering

Personal Best Achievement: Successful transformation at Anglo Coal

People Who Have Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: Dave Rankin, Logan Kruger and Tony Redman

Person You Would Most Like to Meet: It used to be Nelson Mandela

Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Nobody in particular

Philosophy of Life: Be authentic, and treat everyone the way you wish to be treated

Biggest Ever Opportunity: Appointment as CEO of Anglo Coal (Global) in 2004

Biggest Ever Disappointment: The manner in which I left Anglo after 27 years

Hope for the Future: That the world finds the peace and prosperity that it needs

Favourite Reading: Financial, sport

Favourite TV Programmes: Good comedies, sport, documentaries

Favourite Food/Drink: Good seafood/red wine

Favourite Music: Rock and pop

Favourite Sport: Cricket, soccer and rugby

Hobbies: Playing tennis when I have the time

Car: Audi

Pets: Two dogs and two cats

Dislikes: Dishonesty and arrogance

Children: Justin, Brett, Caroline and Nicholas

Clubs: Bryanston Country Club

Edited by Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor



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