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The Anglo American plc board is responsible to shareholders for the Group's performance. It is chaired by Sir John Parker and consists of two executive and nine non-executive directors.

Non-executive chairman since August 2009; chairman of the Nomination Committee; a non-executive director since July 2009

Sir John became the non-executive chairman of Anglo American plc on the 1 August 2009. He is chairman of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Safety and Sustainable Development (S&SD) Committee. Sir John is recognised as a highly experienced and independent chairman, has chaired five FTSE 100 companies and brings a broad range of leadership experience across a variety of industries in many countries. He is a non executive director of Carnival Corporation, EADS and deputy chairman of DP World. Sir John is President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and a Visiting Fellow of the University of Oxford. Sir John was previously chairman of National Grid plc, senior non executive director and chair of the Court of the Bank of England and joint chair of Mondi, chair of BVT and P&O plc, and chancellor of the University of Southampton. 

Read recent profiles of Sir John by The Professional Engineer for Institute of Mechanical Engineering,  Ingenia Magazine and The Sunday Times.

Sir John Parker

Chief Executive since April 2013.

Mark is a member of the Board and Group Management Committee (GMC), is a non-executive director of Anglo American Platinum and is the Chairman of De Beers.

Mark was previously CEO of AngloGold Ashanti Limited, a position he held since 2007. Before joining AngloGold Ashanti, Mark was COO at Vale Inco where he was responsible for Vale’s global nickel business. Prior to this he held senior executive positions with the Normandy Group, Sons of Gwalia, Western Mining Corporation, Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines and CRA (Rio Tinto).

Mark is currently a member of the following institutions:

  • Kellogg Innovation Network (US) – International Advisory Committee
  • International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) – Chairman
  • World Economic Forum – Member of Mining & Metals Steering Board and Governor, Mining and Metals Industry Programme
  • Member of the Advisory Board for the Vale Columbia Centre on Sustainable International Investment
  • Member of the Board of Advisors for the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town

Mark graduated from Wollongong University, New South Wales, with a BSc in Engineering.

Finance director since September 2005.

René is a member of the Group Management Committee (GMC) and chairman of the Investment Committee. He is a non-executive director of Anglo American Platinum and De Beers.

He joined BOC France in January 1988 and then held a variety of financial appointments in BOC in the US and the UK. Prior to joining BOC, René worked in Paris for Schlumberger and Arthur Andersen Consulting.

René recently joined the board of Petrofac Limited as a non-executive director. He is a former finance director of The BOC Group plc and was a non-executive director of SSE plc (formerly Scottish and Southern Energy plc) until June 2012.

He holds a doctorate in economics and degrees in finance and economics from the Université de Paris-Dauphine, France, and completed the Financial Management Programme at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.

Board member since May 2012

Anne is a member of the Audit Committee. She was chief operating officer for the Americas for Ford Motor Company until 2006, the culmination of her 16 year career at the company. She has served on the Board of Lockheed Martin Corporation as a non-executive director since 2002 and is also the chairman and CEO of a privately held IT services business, SA IT. Prior to joining Ford in 1990, Anne spent ten years in a number of engineering, product development and sales and marketing roles at Exxon Chemical Co and three years as chairman and CEO of Carpenter Technology.

Anne Stevens

Board member since April 2013.

Byron Grote is a member of the Audit Committee and is a non-executive director of Unilever NV and Unilever plc and a member of the Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management Advisory Council. He joined The Standard Oil Company of Ohio in 1979 and in 1985 became director of planning for its mining subsidiary, Kennecott. In 1988 Byron was appointed as commercial vice president for BP’s Alaskan North Slope production activities. In 1989 he became commercial general manager of BP exploration, based in London, and then group treasurer and CEO of BP finance in 1992. In 1994 he took up the position of regional chief executive in Latin America. In 1995 Byron became deputy CEO of BP Exploration. Following the merger of BP and Amoco in 1999, Byron was appointed executive vice president, exploration and production. He was appointed to the BP board in 2000 and he served for two years as CEO of BP Chemicals and then as BP’s chief financial officer (CFO) from 2002 until 31 December 2011.

Byron Grote

Board Member since April 2008

Sir CK is a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees. He is currently chairman of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited and a non executive director of AIA Group Company Limited. Sir CK was knighted in 2000 for his services to industry. Sir CK was appointed as a member of the Executive Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in July 2012. He is chairman of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, and was recently appointed chairman of the Advisory Committee on Corruption by the Hong Kong SAR Government. Between 2003 and 2011 he was CEO of the MTR Corporation in Hong Kong. Former positions include those of CEO of Brambles Industries, GKN PLC and non executive chairman of Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited. Prior to joining GKN PLC he worked for The BOC Group plc for 20 years, joining its board in 1993.

Chairman of the Audit Committee; Board member since September 2002.

David Challen was appointed as the senior independent director in April 2008. He is chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees. He is currently chairman of the EMEA governance committee at Citigroup and senior non executive director of Smiths Group plc. He is currently a deputy chairman of the UK’s Takeover Panel. David continues to demonstrate his independence by challenging and questioning management. Previously he was chairman of J. Henry Schroder & Co. Limited, where he spent most of his professional career.

David Challen

Board member since January 2014.

Judy is the chairman of Aspen Pharmacare, a pharmaceutical business with operations in Africa, South America, Asia, Australia and Europe, and founder and chairman of Mbekani Group, a South African healthcare investment company. Dr Dlamini served as a non-executive director of Northam Platinum between 2004 and 2013 and as a member of that board’s committees on health, safety and environmental; investment; and social, ethics and human resources.

She started her career as a medical practitioner and specialised in occupational health before deciding to build her business career. After spending two years at HSBC, specialising in transport and energy corporate finance, she began to develop her entrepreneurial interests. She is also a founder and trustee of Mkhiwa Trust, a family vehicle for social responsibility initiatives, and has served as a non-executive director on the boards of Discovery Holdings and Woolworths Holdings.

Dr Dlamini received her medical degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, her MBA from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and her diploma in occupational health from the University of the Free State, all in South Africa.

Chairman of the S&SD Committee; Board member since November 2009

Jack is Chairman of the S&SD Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee. He is currently a non executive director of Molycorp Inc. and Tidewater Inc. He brings experience gained at all levels of the mining industry and has received wide recognition as a mining executive. He also has extensive boardroom experience in both executive and non executive roles. He was previously chairman and CEO of Homestake Mining Co., vice chairman of Barrick Gold Corp. and has served on the boards of Centerra Gold Inc., Century Aluminum Co., Phelps Dodge Corp., Rinker Group Ltd and Stillwater Mining.

Board member since November 2013

Jim is a member of the S&SD Committee. He has extensive experience in investment banking and investment management, both as an institutional investor and analyst. He brings to the Board considerable financial insight from the perspective of the capital markets and a deep strategic understanding of the mining industry. Between 1997 and 2013, he was a Senior Vice President of Capital International Investors (a division of Capital Group), with responsibility for investments in the mining and metals industry with a broad geographic focus that included Europe, Emerging Markets and Australasia. Prior to joining Capital Group, Jim was an investment analyst covering the South American mining and metals industry for HSBC James Capel in New York. He also held analyst roles with Credit Lyonnais, covering diversified industrial companies, and CRU International, covering the copper industry.

Board Member since July 2013

Dr Mphu Ramatlapeng is a member of the Safety and Sustainable Development Committee and brings to Anglo American a broad range of domestic and international health expertise at board level across both the public and private sectors. She is the Executive Vice President of HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis programmes for the Clinton Health Access Initiative and also the Vice Chair of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. She served as Minister of Health and Social Welfare of Lesotho between 2007 and 2012. In this role, she was responsible for the clinical, technical and financial management of the Ministry and championed Lesotho’s significant achievements in reducing the transmission of HIV from mother to child. Across her career, she has also been a leading advocate for women in business, including serving as founding Board Member of Women in Business in Lesotho.

Byron Grote

Chairman of the Remuneration Committee; Board member since November 2009

Sir Philip is chairman of the Remuneration Committee and member of the Audit Committee. He is chairman of The Royal Bank of Scotland and brings to Anglo American significant financial, strategic and boardroom experience across a number of industries. His previous appointments include chairman of J Sainsbury plc, finance director of Lloyds TSB Group plc, BT Group plc, BG Group plc, British Gas plc, British Steel plc, an executive director of Lazards and a non executive director of RMC Group plc and Belgacom SA.

Sir Philip Hampton

Board member since March 2011

Phuthuma is a member of the Audit Committee and is a non executive director of BP plc and an executive director of Pembani Group (Pty) Limited. Phuthuma’s extensive international business experience has lent further strength to our Board. In his former position as President and CEO of MTN, Phuthuma showed impressive leadership and vision in transforming MTN from a highly successful South African mobile operator into a considerable force in mobile telecommunications services in emerging markets. He previously served as a director on a number of boards in South Africa, including Nedbank Group, Alexander Forbes, Bidvest and Old Mutual (SA).

Board member since December 2009.

Ray is a member of the Audit and Safety and Sustainable Development Committees. He has a proven track record in delivering complex and large scale projects around the world, mobilising large numbers of people with great success and applying leading project management practices. As a member of the S&SD Committee, he has a keen interest in safety. He founded the O’Rourke Group in 1977, having begun his career at Kier and J Murphy & Sons. In 2001, the O’Rourke Group acquired John Laing, to form Laing O’Rourke, now Europe’s largest privately owned construction company, of which Ray O’Rourke is chairman and chief executive.

Ray O’Rourke
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