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MICHAEL SMITH

BSc (Chem Eng), MBA
Managing Director

Michael has over 25 years of experience in the petrochemical and mining industries and held technical, sales, marketing and management positions.

He joined Protea Mining Chemicals in 2006 and held the position of Commercial Director until his promotion to Managing Director in 2016.

MAMELLO MASIA

M Comm, Human Resources
GM: Human Resources and Administration
 

“What makes Protea Chemicals more than just a chemical supplier? It has everything to do with our incredible people who ooze passion, energy and consistently ‘wow’ customers.”

With 12 years of experience in Human Resource Management, Mamello is responsible for harnessing talent, and for growing our business by growing our people. Her career took off as an Assistant HR Manager for Toyota South Africa Motors in 2007. Three years later she joined Nedbank as HR Manager and in 2013, moved to the American Telecommunications Company, Emerson Network Power (now Veritiv) as HR Manager for sub-Saharan Africa. Before joining Protea Chemicals, she was Evonik Africa’s Head of HR and Compliance Officer for SSA.

Mamello is driven to make each day at Protea Chemicals an inspiring one by creating a supportive, empowering work environment for all. Her ambition is to deliver world-class service and products through highly-skilled employees who are motivated, innovative and customer-focused.

PETER DU PLESSIS

National Diploma in Marketing and Sales
GM: Life Sciences
 

“I believe in building better businesses by connecting the right suppliers to the right customers.”

As General Manager of Sourcing and Planning, Peter is responsible for ensuring that each one of our thousands of customers have access to well-priced, high quality products – available at the most appropriate location.

Peter started working in the chemical manufacturing sector for AECI in 1992 as a Regional Sales Manager. During this time, he was seconded to McKinsey for 18 months with the task of re-engineering the company to efficiency. His work led to the formation of Polifin and later Sasol Polymers, where he then spent five years as Head of Regional Sales and Marketing. Peter joined Protea Chemicals in 1997 as Business Manager. During his tenure at the company he has held various positions including Marketing Director, Managing Director and more recently GM of Sourcing and Planning.

Helping employees to achieve their full potential (or to find their “Proto Mojo”) puts a smile on Peter’s face. He is driven to create valuable connections between suppliers and customers, and finds the positive impact of every successful transaction truly rewarding.

STEVEN GREEN

B Com, Financial Management
GM: Industrial Chemistry
 

“My commitment to each and every customer is to work tirelessly as a trusted partner, and continuously seek solutions that improve their respective businesses.”

As Head of Sales and Marketing, Steven counts himself privileged to serve his talented broader team and is driven to collectively achieve great results. Steven has extensive sales and marketing management experience in a range of sectors from retail to industrial and mining chemicals. He has spent over 20 years applying his trade across the African continent.

Steven has been with the Omnia Group for more than 12 years holding senior management positions that include General Manager: Sales (Protea Mining Chemicals). In 2017 he took on the additional responsibility of handling the Business Development portfolio. Steven has a passion for business, a strong sales acumen and an appetite to serve the customer at all times.

Steven is cognisant of the positive ‘ripple effect’ that a successful business has on people, families and the economy. It’s one of the reasons he strives to promote business sustainability and growth not only for Protea Chemicals, but also for our valued partners and customers.