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Management Committee

Hilmar Rode
Chief Executive Officer

Hilmar Rode was appointed in December 2016. He has more than 20 years of experience in the metals (zinc, copper, coal and diamonds), paper & packaging and chemicals industries. Hilmar has worked at BHP Billiton, Glencore, Mondi, Anglo American and Praxair in senior management roles spanning operations, strategy, business development and R&D. At Glencore and Anglo American he accumulated extensive experience in zinc & lead mining and smelting.

Most recently, he led the successful transformation of Minera Escondida, the largest copper mining and processing project in Chile operated by BHP Billiton. Prior to BHP Billiton, Hilmar led a restructuring and business optimisation project at Glencore’s Kazzinc operation in Kazakhstan. While at Anglo American, Hilmar worked on the Skorpion zinc project in Namibia from pre-feasibility through to commissioning.

He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering and a Masters in Environmental Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a first-class degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Stellenbosch. He also completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School.

Frank Rittner
Chief Operating Officer

Frank was appointed in January 2017. He has almost two decades of experience in the metals and mining sector, holding senior positions in the industry as well as international consulting companies, such as PwC and McKinsey & Co. Prior to joining Nyrstar, Frank was Chief Operating Officer at Glencore’s Kazzinc operations in Kazakhstan. Before this, he was a partner at PwC, leading Advisory Services for Metals and Mining clients in Central and Eastern Europe. He was also a Management Board Member at Interpipe Group, a vertically integrated producer of steel and steel pipes, responsible for strategic development and the implementation of continuous improvement in production. At McKinsey & Co, he was part of the global mining leadership team, specializing in profitability improvement and operations.

Frank received a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany and was a Feodor-Lynen research fellow at Columbia University, New York.

In his role as Chief Operating Officer, Frank is responsible for Nyrstar’s Metals Processing and Mining operations and production value chains.

Willie Smit
Chief HR Officer

Willie was appointed in January 2016. Prior to Nyrstar, Willie was Senior Vice President & Group Head of Human Resources at the Swiss-based cement producer Holcim Ltd. During his 30 year career, he held several senior management positions in HR including Executive Vice President and Head of HR at ArcelorMittal and Vice President HR Europe and Africa at the Siberian-Urals Aluminium Company (SUAL).

Willie holds a degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Johannesburg.

In his role as Chief HR Officer, Willie is responsible for human resources, safety, environment, and procurement.

Christopher Eger
Chief Financial Officer

Chris was appointed in November 2015. He has extensive financial, M&A and commercial expertise related to the Metals and Mining sector, gained over a 15-year career in investment banking, metals trading and private equity. Previously, Chris was at Trafigura where he was a senior member of the Mergers and Acquisitions team. Prior to that, he was a member of the investment banking group of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he worked with metals and mining companies on debt and equity financing and M&A. He also worked as a Director in the Global Metals and Mining Group at BMO Capital Markets.

He holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

In his role as Chief Financial Officer, Chris is responsible for business analysis, accounting, risk management, corporate development, tax, treasury, investor relations and business systems.

Sebastião Balbino
Chief Commercial Officer

Sebastião was appointed Chief Commercial Officer of Nyrstar in January 2017. He has 35 years of experience in the metals and mining sector, holding senior commercial and management positions in the industry. Sebastião joined Nyrstar in May 2016 as Vice President Commercial. Before this, he was the country manager for Angola for DT Group. Sebastião spent over two decades in senior commercial roles, including General Manager Commercial at Votorantim Metais Zinco, a global metals and mining company and one of the largest conglomerates in Latin America. He was also the Production Manager for Companhia Paraibuna de Metais. Sebastião started his career as a petroleum drilling engineer for Petrobras.

Sebastião holds a degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the UFF, Brazil as well as an MBA from the FDC, Brazil.

In his role as Chief Commercial Officer, Sebastião focuses on Nyrstar’s concentrate procurement strategy and oversees the commercial sales and marketing teams.

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