May 15, 2018 – Vale today announced Ricus Grimbeek as Chief Operating Officer for Canada, the UK and Asian Refineries; a role based out of Sudbury, Ontario.
“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,” said Grimbeek. “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”.
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 added.
“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.”
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