Peter Poppinga assumed as Ferrous Minerals executive director in November 2014. In 2011, he was appointed Base Metals and Information Technology executive director, leading 16 operating sites around the world and driving major transformations and asset base optimization that turned the business around and delivered significantly improved results. With more than 20 years of experience in iron ore, Peter began his career in 1984 at Samitri, an iron and manganese mining company, where he held various leadership positions in mine planning, iron ore production and sales and marketing. He also held shared responsibility for sales of pellet production at Samarco and was actively involved in the development of the Chinese iron ore market. He graduated in geology at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Universität Erlangem, Germany; and in geology and mine engineering at Universität Clausthal - Zellerfeld, also in Germany. He also obtained specializations and titles at institutions in Singapore and the United States.