The world's top nickel producer, Russia's Norilsk Nickel , said it had appointed Ralph Havenstein, former CEO of South Africa's Anglo Platinum (Angloplat) , as Chief Executive of Norilsk Nickel International.

Havenstein will be responsible for the group's operations and development projects in Finland, South Africa, Botswana and Australia. He will be based in Johannesburg, Norilsk said on Tuesday.

This is another step in Norilsk Nickel ... (to) create further opportunities for expanding internationally, Norilsk CEO Denis Morozov said in a statement (Reporting by Aleksandras Budrys; editing by Rory Channing)

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