Neal Froneman was appointed executive director and CEO of Sibanye-Stillwater on 1 January 2013. Over the past ten years he has led the transformation of Sibanye-Stillwater from a 1.5Moz South Africa-based gold miner into a leading diversified metals producer with an international operating footprint.
The company now ranks as the world’s top primary producer of PGM metals with a leading position in the PGM recycling industry. Under Neal’s leadership, Sibanye-Stillwater has now started building an international portfolio of battery metal operations along with growing involvement in the circular economy and tailings reprocessing businesses.
Neal’s career spans nearly 40 years during which time he worked at Gold Fields Limited (Gold Fields), Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (Harmony) and JCI Limited. In April 2003, Neal was appointed CEO of Aflease Gold Limited (Aflease Gold), which, through a series of reverse take-overs, became Gold One International Limited (Gold One) in May 2009. He was primarily responsible for the creation of Uranium One Incorporated (Uranium One) from the Aflease Gold uranium assets. During this period, he was CEO of Aflease Gold and Uranium One until his resignation from Uranium One in February 2008.
He held the CEO position at Gold One until his appointment at Sibanye-Stillwater. Since 2021, he has been appointed as a member of the Wits Foundation Board of Governors. He also serves on the Councils of international mining bodies including the ICMM and the World Gold Council.
BSc Mech Eng (Ind Opt), University of the Witwatersrand; BCompt, University of South Africa; PrEng