Mr. Rode joined Sibelco in September 2020 as group CEO. He has over 30 years of experience in the global mining, materials, chemicals and industrial gases industries. He began his career in process development and research engineering before joining Anglo American, where he worked for 12 years in leadership positions in its industrial diamonds, base metals and paper divisions in South Africa, United Kingdom and Austria. He joined Glencore in 2007 as CEO of its zinc division in Bolivia, returning in 2019 to the copper division to work on operational strategy, technical services, projects and capital management. Between 2015 and 2019 Mr. Rode was successively president of BHP’s Minera Escondida Ltda. in Chile and then Chief Executive Officer of zinc producer Nyrstar.
Mr. Rode holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, a Master’s in Environmental Engineering and a Doctorate in Chemical Engineering from State University, Buffalo, New York, and a Certificate in the Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School.