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Board Members

Tim Courtney - Chief Executive Officer

Tim Courtney joined Vereeniging Refractories in January 2007 taking over as CEO in March of that year. He was also appointed as the Managing Director of the Marico Chrome Corporation at the same time.

Born in Chester, UK, in 1956, Tim graduated from the University of Sheffield with a BSc Hons in Geology in 1978. In 1982 Tim obtained an Msc in Management Studies from the Sheffield Hallam University. Tim is a member of the Institute of Refractory Engineers, a member of the Geological Society of South Africa and a Chairman and Director of RASA ( The Refractory Association of South Africa ).

Tim entered the refractory industry after university as a geologist for the then GR Stein Refractory Company in Sheffield. During his time at GR Stein and its subsequent transformation to Hepworth Refractories, Tim moved from Research and Development into Sales and Marketing, both in UK and Export markets. In 1996 Tim moved to the American monolithic producer, Magneco Mattrel as General Manager of its European operation. In 1999 Tim moved to Premier Refractories, as its Sales Director with world wide responsibility. With the acquisition of Premier by Vesuvius in 2000, Tim became the Sales Director for Vesuvius North Europe. Tim was relocated to South Africa in 2001 as Managing Director of its newly acquired Linings business in Olifanstfontein (previously Iscor/Cullinan Refractories). In 2005 Tim returned to Europe as Vice President of the Vesuvius Linings business.

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