Anglo Platinum (Angloplat), the world's biggest producer of platinum, said on Tuesday it had appointedNeville Nicolau as its Chief Executive Officer, with effect from June 1 thisyear.

Nicolau replaces thejoint-acting CEOs, Norman Mbazima and Duncan Wanblad, who have been at the helmof the company since former CEO Ralph Havenstein, resigned on Aug. 31.

Angloplat is majority ownedby mining group Anglo American Plc.

Safety issues wereprominent in Havenstein's decision to quit who said at the time that someonenew could prompt a step change in the firm's safety record.

The new tough stand onsafety within the Anglo American group has been largely driven by CEO CynthiaCarroll, officials within the group have said.

Havenstein's departureappeared to be a last-minute decision since no successor was announced andMbazima and Wanblad were named to act as interim CEOs.

Shares in Angloplat traded2.2 percent down by 0955 GMT, with the Top-40 blue-chip index off 0.9 percent.

Neville, 48, a SouthAfrican citizen, has some 30 years of gold mining experience, including eightyears with gold mining group AngloGold Ashanti, where he held a number of topexecutive positions, most recently as Chief Operating Officer. He joined Angloin 2008. (Reporting by James Macharia; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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