Chief Executive Officer and Director
Ms. Hu was appointed CEO and Director in July 2016 and has over 25 years of leadership and operational experience in the global mining and metals industry. She has negotiated high value sales contracts and managed and led all elements of the supply chain from “mine to market”. Under Ms. Hu’s leadership, Eastplats began re-mining the tailings storage facility at the Crocodile River Mine initially for chrome and recently for PGM. She continues to focus on optimization of the chrome and PGM circuits and processes, thereby generating revenue growth and improving profitability at the company while underground operations at the Crocodile River Mine are re-started.
Ms. Hu started her career at CITIC Development Inc. in Beijing, China and became a Concentrates Trader at Glencore (Beijing office). Prior to joining Eastplats, Ms. Hu was the General Manager at Nyrstar Hong Kong Co. Ltd., responsible for setting up the overall commercial strategies in the greater China region, development of key customer relationships, and execution of transactions in certain non-ferrous metals including zinc, lead, copper, and minor metals.
Wylie Hui, CPA, CA, FEA
Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary
Mr. Hui is passionate about helping businesses flourish in this dynamic business environment. He brings over 25 years of financial and operational experience to his role with Eastplats, with a majority of his experience in the mining and metals industry. He has improved financial reporting, risk management, and administration processes and functions at many mining companies and brings these experiences to Eastplats as the Crocodile River Mine re-starts underground operations. Mr. Hui also manages and oversees the financial planning and analysis, treasury management, risk management, corporate finance and investor relations functions of the company.
He previously served as the CFO of several publicly listed mining companies including Tintina Resources Inc. (now Sandfire Resources America Inc.) developing the Black Butte Copper Project; and provided CFO, controllership, and consulting services to numerous public and private companies including BQE Water Inc., and most recently Universal Mineral Services Limited, Sombrero Resources Inc., Tier One Silver Inc., Fury Gold Mines Limited, and Torq Resources Inc. Mr. Hui also worked for two international accounting firms, Ernst & Young LLP and BDO LLP.
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Zhang has over 15 years of cross-cultural business experience in Asia, Africa, North America, and Australia; specializing in commodity trading, investment, strategic corporate development in mining and agriculture industries. He has good investment knowledge with superior team-building skills to generate significant bottom-line contributions and successful track records in combining commodity trading businesses. He brings to Eastplats over 10 years of experience in mining and mineral project development, mergers and acquisitions, and business unit/operational restructuring.
Mr. Zhang started his career as an International Trading Manager for COFCO Limited, the largest food, cereal, and grain company in China. Prior to joining Eastplats as Chief Operating Officer in 2016, Mr. Zhang was the General Manager Assistant and Manager of Business Development at China Arts Fareast Ltd., a Chinese mining and trading company based in Beijing, China. During his tenure at China Arts, he managed approximately 800,000 tons of chrome trading business annually, imported mainly from South Africa, making China Arts the top chrome trader in China. Further, Mr. Zhang helped to manage the investment business of China Arts and successfully developed several projects valued at more than US$100M in South Africa.
Hannelie Hanson, MEng (Mining Engineering), MBA
General Manager, South Africa Operations
Ms. Hanson brings over 24 years of experience in mining as a technical specialist as well as a strategic leader. Hannelie heads up the operations and projects in South Africa and drives proper planning, accountability, optimization & innovation, communication, and development of people to ensure a successful and well-run business while executing the expansion plans at Eastplats.
Her career in mining started on Lorraine Gold Mine in the Free State, after graduating from Stellenbosch University with a BSc (Hons) in Geology in 1998. Hannelie also holds an MEng degree in Mining Engineering from Wits and an MBA at UCT. She was the custodian of Mine Technical Services departments at two mines. Prior to joining Eastplats in 2012, Ms. Hanson held the position of Senior Manager (Technical Services) for 6 years in Lonmin, having started there as a graduate geologist in 1999 and being promoted into projects and planning before heading up the Technical Services department.