He will take up the position of CEO designate from January 2014 and the CEO's chair from April, following the exit of current Nampak CEO Andrew Marshall, who will step down on March 31.
"On behalf of the Sasol board and the group executive committee, I would like to wish André every success as he commences an exciting chapter in his career at one of our longstanding customers – I am certainly looking forward to working with him in his new role," Sasol CEO David Constable said in a statement.
Fleetwood Grobler, currently managing director of the Sasol Olefins and Surfactants business, has been appointed Group Executive to succeed De Ruyter with effect from 1 December 2013.
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