Mark Munroe

20th July 2018

By: Martin Creamer

Creamer Media Editor


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Full Name: Mark Craig Munroe

Position: CE of Impala Platinum since January 2018

Main Activity of the Company: Mining, processing, refining and marketing of platinum-group metals

Date and Place of Birth: November 24, 1968, Klerksdorp

Education: Orkney Primary School; Welkom High School, matric, 1986; N2 and N3; BCom (economics), University of South Africa; national diploma in mining, 1997; national higher diploma in mining, 1998; IMDP, University of Stellenbosch/Anglo; PMD, Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, 2005; BTech (mining), 2014

First Job: Onsetter, President Brand gold mine, 1987 – I am a third-generation Anglo American miner

Size of First Pay Packet: R1 200 a month

Career Path: Free State gold mines, Welkom; Western Deep Levels gold mine, Carletonville; Vaal Reefs gold mine, Orkney; production manager, Stilfontein gold mine; GM, Blyvooruitzicht gold mine; and CEO, DRD Capital. I also had a short stint as mine manager in Papua New Guinea prior to working for Lonmin from 2009 to 2014 as executive VP and serving for about two years as COO for Vedanta; now CE of Impala Platinum

Value of Assets under Your Control: Implats' market capitalisation currently is R14.4-billion (R19.70 per share); the Impala Operations produced in excess of 50% of the concentrate production. All the group’s gross production is processed to final metal by the Impala Operations’ smelting and refining facilities and sold to customers

Number of People under Your Leadership: 40 000, made up of permanent employees and contract personnel

Management Style: I adapt to the situation. I believe in full stakeholder involvement and in staying close to operations

Personal Best Achievement: Mine safety at Lonmin – the industry’s best

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: Jesus Christ

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: Dave Heugh, Robbie Lazare and Ian Farmer

Person You Would Most Like to Meet: I appreciated the valuable guidance of Cyril Ramaphosa

Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Ian Farmer

Philosophy of Life: We are what we give to others

Biggest Ever Opportunity: The current opportunity to lead Impala

Biggest Ever Disappointment: The current state of the platinum industry

Hope for the Future: That South Africans find solutions to all the country’s problems by working together and having respect for one another

Favourite Reading: I am currently reading The Two Sandals, by Etsko Schuitema, who is also my mentor

Favourite TV Programme: Generally, I do not watch TV

Favourite Food/Drink: A South African braai/good red wine

Favourite Music: Rock and contemporary

Favourite Sport: Cycling, rugby, Formula 1

Hobbies: Cycling, mountain biking and reading

Car: Range Rover

Pets: Two German shepherds named Dot and Storm

Miscellaneous Dislikes: People who fail to act with integrity; people who are not transparent

Married: To Laurette, whose grandfather was also a miner

Children: Damon, 16; Matthew, 11

Associations: I previously chaired the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, the Association of Mine Managers South Africa, Mill Lane Estate, Welkom Hockey Club

Edited by Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor



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