7 June 2012
Chatham Rock Phosphate has appointed a former senior business development executive at the world’s largest phosphate producer OCP, as Vice President Strategy.
Mr Najib Moutia, who worked for the Morocco-based giant for 30 years, will head CRP’s worldwide business development and sales.
Managing director Chris Castle said he is delighted Mr Moutia, who has such invaluable industry expertise and contacts, is joining the CRP team.
“Najib’s focus for more than 20 years has been South Asia and the Pacific and he is incredibly well connected. He also has a master’s degree in chemical engineering, and so he knows exactly what products suit which companies or countries. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of the industry and just about everyone of note in it.”
Mr Moutia, now based in Montreal, will provide both business development and technical support. He is also fluent in English, French, Arabic and Spanish. Among his achievements have been growing OCP sales in Pakistan from $US2 million to $US500 million, making OCP the dominant New Zealand and Australian supplier and strongly growing the Thai and Pakistan markets.
Mr Moutia said he believes his key strength is in combining his technical knowledge with his customer relationship skills.
“I am very familiar with the New Zealand market and its key players and I have a close understanding of other potential markets for Chatham Rock Phosphate.
“This is a very exciting project and I am delighted to be part of the team.”
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