Sasol, President & CEO
Energy Council Chairman
Education: BEng (Mechanical), University of Pretoria, South Africa
Joined Sasol: 1984
Fleetwood Grobler, Sasol’s President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), since 1 November 2019, is a veteran of the company he leads. With almost 40 years’ Sasol experience, Fleetwood is dedicated to accelerating the company’s transition to a low carbon world. Together with his executive team, he is championing the delivery of Sasol’s mediumand longer-term decarbonisation targets, through multiple pathways, ultimately aimed at reaching Net Zero by 2050.
Prior to his appointment as CEO, he led Sasol’s global chemicals business from December 2013 as Executive Vice President (EVP). Based in Germany, he drove a strategic agenda of business and operational excellence and profitable growth, underpinned by a strong portfolio foundation. Towards the end of that tenure, he assumed additional responsibility for business-readiness preparation of the Lake Charles mega-project in United States.
Before his role as EVP Chemicals Business, he was Managing Director of Sasol Olefins and Surfactants since March 2010. Fleetwood stabilised this business following a significant turnaround programme setting it on a path for solid growth and enhanced performance.
He has held several other senior roles across most of Sasol’s worldwide operating facilities acquiring exposure to a broad range of business activities and functions. As CEO, Fleetwood has set a new direction for the company – Future Sasol – recognising the important role Sasol can play in the global shift towards a cleaner energy future, premised on the company’s pioneering Fischer-Tropsch technology that can produce sustainable fuels and chemicals at scale.
Sasol’s decarbonisation as well as influencing South Africa and the world’s energy transition, is among Fleetwood’s top priorities. He is a member of the Green Hydrogen Panel, established by South Africa’s Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, and regularly speaks at conferences on topics ranging from just transition, climate change and green hydrogen.
He was instrumental in the formation of the Energy Council of South Africa, established in November 2021, to serve as a unified voice of the energy sector in the country. He currently serves as the Energy Council’s inaugural Chairman.
In January 2022 he was also appointed a Board member of the Belgium-based Hydrogen Council, a global CEO-led initiative with a united and long-term vision to develop the hydrogen economy.