Western Resources Corporation’s wholly owned subsidiary Western Potash Corp. has appointed Fritz Venter as new CEO and President starting from 1 August 2019, the company has announced. Having been also appointed as Western Resources Corp.‘s COO and board director, Venter will lead the project team developing the Milestone Potash Phase I project. Prior to joining Western Potash, Venter was Senior Vice President and General Manager for a leading EPC company in Canada responsible for its Global Mining & Metallurgy.
In his 34 years-long professional career with a some of the world’s biggest international engineering and construction companies, spanning industries including mining and metals, heavy oil, petrochemicals, refineries, power, fertilizer, and chemical industries, Fritz has the experience of managing offices and projects of various sizes around the world. He has worked in most areas of engineering, project execution and department and corporate management and connects an in-depth understanding of the actual operations, with the technical engineering and practical construction. Venter has a Mechanical Engineering background, and holds a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering (operations management) and Master of Project Management.
“We are fortunate and delighted to have Mr. Venter join the team. This appointment sends a clear signal that Western Potash has assembled a competitive project team that consists of experienced professionals and managers in all major project areas,“ said Bill Xue, President and CEO of Western Resources and added that „we are confident that Mr. Venter will lead the team to deliver a successful potash project, paving a solid foundation for the preparation of the Milestone Phase II Project”. Venter, on his behalf, commented that “Western Potash is a unique opportunity to not only build an innovative and environmentally friendly project, but a new business that will revolutionise the global Potash market. More than this I welcome the challenge of brining other projects into the Western Resources portfolio that compliments the vision of connecting Eastern capital with Global projects and markets”.