Anglo American leadership changes Bulk CommoditiesSource: RNS
5 October 2021
Anglo American senior leadership changes
Anglo American plc ("Anglo American") announces a number of senior leadership changes. Seamus French has decided to leave Anglo American at the end of 2021 after 14 years with the company and will be replaced as CEO of Bulk Commodities by Themba Mkhwanazi, currently CEO of Kumba Iron Ore ("Kumba"). Mpumi Zikalala, currently Managing Director of De Beers Managed Operations, has been appointed as CEO of Kumba. Both appointments will take effect on 1 January 2022. Mpumi's successor at De Beers Managed Operations will be confirmed in due course.
Mark Cutifani, Chief Executive of Anglo American, said: "We congratulate Themba Mkhwanazi and Mpumi Zikalala on their new roles. Themba will shape the strategy for our global iron ore, metallurgical coal and manganese interests. The premium quality of our steelmaking ingredients and the partnerships we will continue to build to develop cleaner steelmaking technologies have never been more critical as we work to tackle climate change. Mpumi's extensive operational experience at De Beers will be instrumental as she builds on Kumba's progress to drive sustained safe, world-class performance working closely with its strategic business partners.
"I am also delighted that, together with Nolitha Fakude as chair of our management board in South Africa, and Natascha Viljoen as CEO of our PGMs business, we will have three women of such high calibre leading our extensive interests in South Africa."
"We thank Seamus for his enormous contribution and unfailing commitment to Anglo American over 14 years, both as CEO of our coal businesses and in his more recent role leading our global bulks operations and strategy. His work to draw out considerable operational synergies and sharing of best-practice has enhanced our capabilities and been central to our performance improvements over many years. We wish him well."
In conjunction with these changes, Ruben Fernandes, CEO of Base Metals, will also take on accountability for the iron ore and the nickel operations in Brazil. As planned, the Quellaveco copper operation in Peru will also move to the Base Metals portfolio once it is commissioned. This streamlining of responsibilities will allow Ruben to maximise efficiencies across all of Anglo American's operations in South America, alongside his global strategic responsibilities for base metals.
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Nompumelelo "Mpumi" Zikalala, aged 42, was appointed Managing Director of De Beers Managed Operations in 2019, with responsibility for De Beers operations in South Africa and Canada. Mpumi began her career as a De Beers Group bursar and joined the company as a process engineer. She was appointed General Manager at De Beers' Kimberley Mines in 2007, becoming the company's first female General Manager. In 2010, she was appointed General Manager of Voorspoed mine and later became Senior Vice-President of De Beers Sightholder Sales South Africa, the company that sorts, values and sells all De Beers Group production in South Africa. In 2017, Mpumi was appointed Deputy MD of De Beers Consolidated Mines. Mpumi holds a BSc in chemical engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. She currently serves as a Trustee at the University of Johannesburg Trust and is also the Chairperson of the Private Sector Forum of SANAC (South African National AIDS Council). Mpumi previously served as a non-executive director of a number of organisations, including the Black Management Forum and Mintek.
Ruben Fernandes, age 56, was appointed CEO of Anglo American's Base Metals business in 2019, having previously served as CEO of Anglo American in Brazil since 2016 and CEO of Anglo American's Niobium & Phosphates businesses from 2012 to 2016. Prior to joining Anglo American in 2012, Ruben was head of mining at Votorantim Metals in Brazil, responsible for projects and exploration activities around the world, as well as operations in Peru and Colombia. Between 2009 and 2011, he was COO at Vale Fertilizers, responsible for the fertiliser operations, sales and marketing. Ruben was also CEO of Kaolin Companies - Pará Pigments and Cadam - two subsidiaries of Vale, between 2007 and 2009 having joined Vale's Base Metals business in 1999. A graduate in Metallurgical Engineering from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Ruben also holds an MBA from the University of São Paulo, Brazil.
Themba Mkhwanazi, age 51, was appointed CEO of Kumba Iron Ore in 2016, having served as CEO of Anglo American's thermal coal business in South Africa since 2014. Prior to joining Anglo American, Themba was Regional General Manager for Technology and Innovation for the Americas for Rio Tinto. From 2011 to 2012, Themba worked at Rio Tinto's coal business in Australia to drive business improvement and operational excellence, and also served as COO of Richards Bay Minerals, a joint venture between Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton in South Africa, from 2007. Themba serves as a non-executive director of Aspen Pharmacare Holdings, is Chairman of Mining Dialogues 360 and Vice President of the Minerals Council South Africa, where he also chairs the CEO Zero Harm Forum. In his new role, Themba will continue to serve on the board of Kumba Iron Ore, as a non-executive director. Mr Mkhwanazi holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from Teesside University, UK.
When the above leadership changes take effect, Anglo American's Group Management Committee will be formed as follows:
Mark Cutifani Chief Executive
Stephen Pearce Finance Director
Tony O'Neill Technical Director
Anik Michaud Group Director - Corporate Relations and Sustainable Impact
Didier Charreton Group Director - People and Organisation
Duncan Wanblad Group Director - Strategy and Business Development
Nolitha Fakude Group Director - South Africa
Bruce Cleaver CEO - De Beers
Natascha Viljoen CEO - Platinum Group Metals
Peter Whitcutt CEO - Marketing
Ruben Fernandes CEO - Base Metals
Themba Mkhwanazi CEO - Bulk Commodities
Richard Price General Counsel and Company Secretary
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