Willem Van Niekerk, Ph.D
Dr. Willem Van Niekerk has served in his current leadership role since the integration of Tronox and Exxaro Mineral Sands in June 2012. A 33-year veteran of Exxaro, Dr. Van Niekerk brings to Tronox more than 20 years of experience in research and development, operations and business development in the mineral sands industry, including the design of the slag furnaces at the KZN Sands site in South Africa. From 2006 to 2008, he co-managed the Tronox-Exxaro Tiwest joint venture in Australia, providing him with a deep understanding of the strategic benefits of a vertically integrated titanium dioxide operation. Dr. Van Niekerk has a PhD in pryometallurgy from the University of Pretoria.