Both Gordon and Wray will remain with the company until the end of the year to ensure a smooth transition. Gordon will be returning to Australia for family reasons, while Andrew is pursuing an opportunity elsewhere.
Concurrently, the board has appointed Peter Geleta, currently Acacia’s Head of Organisational Effectiveness, as Interim CEO. Jaco Maritz, currently Acacia’s General Manager, Finance, will be appointed Chief Financial Officer. Both appointments will be effective from 1 January 2018.
Geleta has 35 years of mining industry experience in both operational and corporate leadership positions, primarily in Africa. Before joining Acacia, he held senior roles at AngloGold Ashanti and Barrick Gold Corp. Geleta joined Acacia in May 2012 as Vice President, Organisational Effectiveness. Since then, he has been a key member of the Executive Team of Acacia and an integral part of the company’s turnaround. During Geleta’s time with Acacia, he has also served as General Manager of the Bulyanhulu mine and helped lead the successful restructuring of the business. Peter holds an Executive MBA qualification from the University of Cape Town.
Maritz has been with Acacia and its predecessor companies since 2001 in a range of increasingly senior finance roles covering all aspects of the finance function. He was initially employed by Placer Dome, which was acquired by Barrick in 2006, and was part of Acacia at its inception. In 2013, he spent six months acting as Chief Financial Officer for the business, prior to the appointment of Wray. Maritz is also a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.
In addition to assuming the role of Interim CEO, Geleta will also replace Gordon on the board of Directors at the end of the year.
Commenting on the changes, Kelvin Dushnisky, Chairman of Acacia said: “Brad and Andrew have been instrumental in the operational and financial turnaround of Acacia over the past four years and on behalf of the Board and the Company, I would like to extend our sincere thanks to both of them for their contributions. We wish them all the best for the future. We are equally confident that Peter and Jaco will move seamlessly into their new roles. Peter’s demonstrated leadership skills, combined with his all-around abilities and strong experience across all aspects and all levels of the African mining industry will be an important asset for Acacia. Jaco’s expertise and long history with the company make him the natural successor for Andrew. The board will continue to provide the management team with our full support as the Company focuses on delivering against our operational targets, which remain unchanged from the Q3 results, while seeking a resolution to the situation in Tanzania.”