Benoit Piret was born in 1961 in Belgium and graduated in 1984 with a Masters Degree in Mining Engineering. He started his career in the last Belgian collieries. Thereafter, he spent over eight years in research and development in the field of crushing and milling, in South Africa and France. Since 2002, he has worked with Caterpillar dealers in Africa, mainly in Mauritania, Mali and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He recently joined Liberia Equipment Ltd as Country Manager.