Aquarius Platinum is pleased to announce the appointment to the Board of Directors of Ms Sonja De Bruyn Sebotsa effective 6th February 2013. Ms Sebotsa is a former director of Anglo American Platinum Ltd. Ms. De Bruyn Sebotsa’s appointment will strengthen the financial acumen of the Board and bring her extensive knowledge of international banking and finance to the company.
Ms. De Bruyn Sebotsa has also joined the Board of Aquarius’ fully owned subsidiary AQPSA and will assume the role of Chairman of AQPSA from acting AQPSA Chairman Mr. Mankazana. Mr. Mankazana continues to serve as a non-executive director.
Commenting on the appointment, Aquarius’ Chairman Nicholas Sibley said:
“I am delighted that Sonja has accepted the Board’s invitation to join. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in a wide range of areas of business and I am sure that she will make a valuable contribution to the ongoing growth and success of the company.”
Ms. De Bruyn Sebotsa, LLB (Hons), LSE, MA (McGill), SFA (UK), EMP (Harvard), is a founder and principal partner of Identity Partners, an investment, financing and advisory firm. She serves on numerous Board’s including RMB Holdings Ltd, Discovery Holdings Limited, Nestlé (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd and served on the Anglo American Platinum Limited from January 2008 to 1 February 2013.
Sonja’s areas of study were in Law, Business and Economics. She started her career in 1997 in deal making in South Africa, Africa and internationally. She was a Vice-President, Investment Banking, at Deutsche Bank where she worked in their Johannesburg, London and Tokyo offices on mergers and acquisitions, privatizations, IPO’s, black economic empowerment transactions and financings. In 2002 to 2007 she was part of a team that built a portfolio of investments (an endowment) to benefit a women’s empowerment Trust, Women’s Development Bank, through major acquisitions in large companies.
She is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum (Class of 2010).