Peter Freyberg is the CEO of Xstrata Coal, a subsidiary of Xstrata which describes itself as "the world's largest exporter of thermal coal and one of the largest producers of hard coking coal. Headquartered in Sydney, Xstrata Coal has interests in more than 30 operating coal mines throughout Australia, South Africa and the Americas." Freyburg was appointed as CEO in January 2008 following the retirement of Peter Coates.
A biographical note states that he "began his career as a trainee official with Anglo American Corporation in South Africa in 1978 and completing his B.Sc. Mining Engineering degree in 1983, Peter gained his experience working in both underground and open-pit coal operations in a variety of roles, including operations management and technical support. After leaving Anglo American in 1991, Peter embarked on an international career, including working with Kaltim Prima Coal in Indonesia; Hamersley Iron in Perth, Copelmi Mineração in Brazil; and Carbones del Cerrejón in Colombia. He joined Glencore following the acquisition of the Duiker assets in South Africa and was subsequently appointed Chief Operating Officer for Xstrata Coal South Africa after Xstrata’s purchase of the Glencore assets in 2002. Peter became the Director of Operations for Xstrata Coal in April 2006 and is based in Sydney."
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