OREANDA-NEWS. DRA Group Holdings has today announced the appointment of Wray Carvelas as CEO, with immediate effect.

Tim Netscher, Chairman of DRA, says that the DRA board went through an extensive recruitment process interviewing high calibre internal and external candidates.

"Wray was the outstanding candidate for the role," says Netscher. "This is evident in his considerable experience in both business and engineering, with a strong track record of success throughout his career." 

Carvelas has been with DRA for 15 years, joining the company in 2001. Carvelas previously held the role of Projects Director and was appointed as CEO of DRA's Americas operations in 2011. He holds an MBA cum laude from the University of Stellenbosch. 

"In addition to his impressive career, Wray also embodies DRA's values with his unwavering conviction and commitment," Netscher says. 

Carvelas replaces Andrew Naude who acted as interim CEO from May 2016, in addition to his role as Chief Financial Officer and Strategy Director. 

"We thank Andrew for his excellent leadership over the last few months," says Netscher. "Together with the Global Executive Committee, he has ensured that our organisation continued to move forward both strategically and operationally." 


About DRA 

DRA is a multi-disciplinary global engineering group that originated in South Africa and delivers mining, mineral processing, energy, water treatment and infrastructure services from concept to commissioning, as well as comprehensive operations and maintenance services for the mineral resources and energy sectors. DRA has offices in Africa, Australia, Canada, China, India and the United States. 

About Wray Carvelas 

Wray joined DRA in 2001 and became the CEO of DRA Americas at the beginning of 2011. He has over 25 years of experience in gold, copper, diamonds, iron ore, nickel and platinum. Before moving to North America, Wray was DRA's Director of Projects for Africa, managing a project portfolio valued at between four and five billion dollars. Wray has significant experience in operations management and project delivery and is particularly skilled in fast-tracking large scale projects. Since 2011, Wray has been focused on in growing DRA's business in the Americas, both organically as well as through acquisition.