05/07/2021 - 14:28

Du Plessis appointed CEO of MaxMine

05/07/2021 - 14:28

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Coert Du Plessis has been promoted to chief executive of MaxMine, one year after he joined the mining services business as chief operating officer.

Coert Du Plessis has been promoted to chief executive of MaxMine, one year after he joined the mining services business as chief operating officer.

Mr Du Plessis was previously global data strategy lead of BHP, where he was tasked with accelerating the adoption of digital technologies at the mining giant.

His achievements at the company include developing the BHP Dahling Industrial IOT platform and steering the final technology investment review of the company's South Flank iron ore project.

Prior to his tenture with BHP, he spent 17 years with Deloitte, where he was credited with establishing the firm's data analytics practice in Western Australia.

He said the impressive calibre of MaxMine’s leadership is what prompted him to join the company in 2016, and that the quality of data produced by the service and its ability to drive technology adoption in industry were key to his decision to take up the role of chief executive.

“It was inspirational to see the speed at which the MaxMine team could develop these incredible technologies and develop the unique delivery approaches whilst maintaining an incredible focus on customer value,” he said.

Outgoing chief executive Tom Cawley is now set to become executive chair.

Mr Cawley said Mr Du Plessis’s executive and global digital pioneer experience would be invaluable to scaling the company up.

“Our team has really taken to Coert, and we are already seeing value form the early building blocks he created to help us scale," he said.

“He has energised the teams in building a stronger product focused on our customers."

Founded in 2015, MaxMine’s technology platform drives efficiency and safety improvements in the operation of mobile plant and equipment in open cut mines.

The company now has operations in Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and Sydney, as well as Pretoria and Cape Town in South Africa.

Mr Du Plessis said he looks forward to making mining more environmentally friendly.

“The quality of MaxMine’s data asset sets us apart in the industry, and we believe we can apply the same operational improvement approach that allows us to enable delivery of more tonnes of ore, to also significantly reduce CO2 tonnes expelled in mining operations,” he said.

“Moving beyond the growing list of CO2 reduction aspirations to reductions delivered is an outcome I deeply care about.”

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