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Ben Marais resumed his new responsibility as LANXESS South Africa Country Representative and Managing Director for LANXESS (Pty) Ltd, in addition to his current role of Chief Financial Officer in July 2015.
Marais, a qualified South African Chartered Accountant, completed his articles with international accounting firm Deloitte. Over the years he gained extensive experience at executive level with several South African listed entities, particularly in the mining, construction, manufacturing and engineering industries.
In 2004 he joined LANXESS as CFO of the South African operations. In 2006 he participated in the first LANXESS acquisition when the company purchased the externally held shareholding in LANXESS CISA (Pty) Ltd from its joint venture partner, Dow Chemicals.
Marais was also actively involved in establishing the Black Economic Empowerment shareholding structure in the South African mining operation, LANXESS Chrome Mining (Pty) Ltd, as well as the successful transfer of mining rights from the previous owner of the mine.