The Investor Relations Society of South Africa is excited to announce that we have another outstanding IRO that we were able to profile. James Wellsted is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications at Sibanye-Stillwater. He has been in the company for over eight years, and prior to that he was a top rated financial analyst researching the mining sector. He explains that the most rewarding part of his role as an IRO is the opportunity to travel extensively and meet a diverse range of very experienced and intelligent people through the job.
Senior Vice President: Investor Relations
Q: Name of the company
Q: What is your job title?
A: Senior Vice President: Corporate communications.
Q: When did you joined the company
A: I joined the company in January 2013 and have been there ever since.
Q: When did you become fully involved in IR?
A: I become involved in IR in 2004 when I worked at Mvelaphanda Resources as IR and strategy executive until 2010, and then from January 2013, when I joined Sibanye-Stillwater. Prior to that I was a financial analyst at an international bank researching the mining sectors.
Q: Who you report to within the organization, how big is the IR team?
A: I report to the CEO Neal Froneman. The IR team consists of three individuals including myself. We each play an integral role in communicating to investors and the relevant people within the company.
Q: What is your education background?
A: Primary School: Parkview Primary School
High School: Parktown Boys High School
University: Wits University
BSc. Geology Hons.
Wits Business School
Post Graduate Diploma in Management
Q: What do you see as the most challenging part of your role?
A: One of the most challenging aspect of IR is collation of the Integrated Reports as they are extremely time consuming. Additionally, dealing with ratings agencies can be a challenge.
Q: What you find the most rewarding part of your role?
A: I find the most rewarding aspect of my role is interacting and meeting with people. Another positive aspect of the role is the opportunity to traveling extensively in my engagement with investors and other relevant parties. I enjoy getting involved in understanding the entire business from top to bottom. IR goes through continual challenge and change, but I enjoy this part of my role. This ensures that I am constantly learning and growing.
Q: Fun facts about you outside of IR?
A: I have three young very energetic kids aged 4, 6 and 9. . I enjoy doing anything different, unusual and quirky and love learning new things. However I generally have a love for all sports and activities including: diving, cycling, nature (birding, fishing, hiking), reading, ballet, travel, concerts, cooking and good food and drink