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Kropz Appoints Ian Harebottle As CEO Designate


Kropz SA, a miner of fertiliser feed materials, has appointed Ian Harebottle as group CEO, effective 28 March 2018.
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Harebottle was CEO of AIM-listed Gemfields from February 2009 until its acquisition by Pallinghurst Resources in July 2017. Under his leadership, Gemfields grew to become a leading supplier of responsibly sourced coloured gemstones with assets in Zambia, Mozambique, Ethiopia and Madagascar, the company said in a statement. The company transitioned from a loss-making business with revenues under $1m to an international multi-asset business that generated EBITDA of $69m from revenues of $193m in 2016. Harebottle is also credited with transforming the coloured gemstone business including a significant increase in coloured gemstone consumption and appreciation amongst discerning international consumers.

According to Kropz founder Mike Nunn, Harebottle has built a reputation as being a positive ‘disruptor’ and one to challenge traditional practices. “We believe Kropz is ideally suited to his skillset to bring about a new player in the African plant nutrient sector.”

Kropz has an advanced stage phosphate mining project in South Africa and a downstream plant nutrient distribution business, which has the ability to contribute towards feeding sub-Saharan Africa for generations, the company said.

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