DRDGOLD today announced that its group financial accountant, Francois van der Westhuizen (33), has been appointed chief financial officer and an executive director of DRDGOLD from 1 January 2014. He replaces Craig Barnes, who is emigrating to Australia.
Johannesburg, South Africa. 4 December, 2013. DRDGOLD today announced that its group financial accountant, Francois van der Westhuizen (33), has been appointed chief financial officer and an executive director of DRDGOLD from 1 January 2014. He replaces Craig Barnes, who is emigrating to Australia.
Van der Westhuizen joined DRDGOLD in May 2009 as group financial accountant. His most recent responsibilities have included local and foreign financial reporting and the group treasury function. He is also head of the tax department. A qualified chartered accountant (South Africa), Van der Westhuizen has a BCom (Hons) from the University of Pretoria and a Magister Commercii (specialising in taxation). He has an Associate Chartered Management Accountant qualification from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (United Kingdom).
Francois van der Westhuizen has over 11 years’ financial experience, five of which have been spent in the mining industry. Prior to joining DRDGOLD, he spent just over two years with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
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