Vale has tapped a veteran South African mine engineer to head its operations in Canada.
“I’m very excited to take on this new role, and am humbled to be leading some of the most historic and prolific mining operations in the world,” Ricus Grimbeek said in a release.
“I’m also energized by the enormous potential I see in front of us, and look forward to working with our employees, union partners, regulators and local communities to co-create the future I believe to be possible”.
Grimbeek will serve as Chief Operating Officer for Canada, the UK and Asian Refineries; a role based out of Sudbury.
Ricus most recently worked for South 32 – a global mining company – in roles including Chief Technology Officer, as well as President and Chief Operating Officer. He has also worked for BHP Billiton and Lonmin in a variety of senior level safety and operational positions in
Australia, South Africa and Canada.
A native of South Africa, Ricus is a mining engineer with
more than 30 years’ experience in the mining industry.
“I have a true passion for sustainability and mining, and I continue to dedicate myself to creating the industry of the future, which, above all, must be a safe one,” Grimbeek said.
“My desire is to run a business where people’s safety is guaranteed – and by utilizing technology, I believe we will be able to unlock a new level of safety performance in our operations that today is hard to imagine.”