Dheshnee Naidoo takes control of Vedanta's Africa Base Metals
Dheshnee Naidoo, formerly Chief Financial Officer of Anglo American Thermal Coal, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Vedanta Resources - Africa Base Metals.
Dheshnee will combine the leadership of Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), in Zambia, and Vedanta Zinc International (VZI), in South Africa and Namibia, as well as Copper Mines of Tasmania. In this role she will also assume responsibility of Chief Executive Officer, KCM and will drive synergies across VZI and KCM.
Dheshnee joined Vedanta Resources in 2014 with over 20 years’ experience in the resources industry, including platinum, thermal coal and manganese. Prior to joining the Vedanta Group, she was Chief Financial Officer of Anglo American Thermal Coal, South Africa.
As CEO of VZI she has led the development of the US$400 million Gamsberg Project, which will come into production in mid-2018, as well as the development of the Pit 112 Project at Skorpion Zinc.
Chairman of Vedanta Resources, Anil Agarwal said: ‘’Dheshnee has successfully brought on new production at Gamsberg and won the respect and confidence of the teams that she leads. I’m delighted that we have a woman leader from Africa at the helm of our African operations. We have strong ambitions for our business in Africa and Dheshnee is committed to deliver on these.’’
KCM is one of the most attractive resource assets in the world with potential to reach 400 000 metric tones of integrated copper production in the near term. The Southern African operations have the potential to become one of the largest zinc producing regions in the world, while the investment in KCM will enable Zambia to become the largest copper-producing country in Africa.