19 July 2012
Anglo American announces executive management changes across its South African businesses
Anglo American plc (“Anglo American”) announces a number of executive management changes across its South Africa based businesses following Neville Nicolau’s decision to resign as CEO of Anglo American’s Platinum business to pursue other interests.
The following changes are effective from 1 September 2012:
Platinum - The Board of Anglo American Platinum Limited has appointed Chris Griffith as the company’s new CEO. Mr Griffith has been CEO of Kumba Iron Ore Limited (“Kumba”) since 2008. Prior to joining Kumba, he worked at Anglo American Platinum for 18 years, reaching the position of Head of Joint Venture Operations. In the interim period until 1 September 2012, Bongani Nqwababa, CFO of Anglo American Platinum, will fulfil the role of CEO of that business.
Kumba Iron Ore - The Board of Kumba Iron Ore Limited has appointed Norman Mbazima as the company’s new CEO. Mr Mbazima has been CEO of Anglo American’s Thermal Coal business since 2009 and has an intimate knowledge of the South African mining landscape and many of Anglo American’s key partners, including Eskom and Transnet. He was previously the CEO of Scaw Metals and joint acting CEO and CFO of the Platinum business.
Thermal Coal - Anglo American has appointed Godfrey Gomwe as CEO of its Thermal Coal business. Godfrey has been Executive Director of Anglo American South Africa since 2009 and has extensive experience across a number of Anglo American businesses, including as CEO of Anglo American’s operations in Zimbabwe, and brings a deep knowledge of Anglo American’s operations, partners and other key stakeholders in Southern Africa.
Anglo American South Africa - Anglo American has appointed Khanyisile Kweyama as Executive Director of Anglo American South Africa, working together with the CEOs of the South Africa based businesses to deliver the Group’s strategy in the region. Khanyisile has served on the Executive Committee of Anglo American’s Platinum business since 2011 in which time she has improved relations with unions and brought wage negotiations to a successful conclusion. Khanyisile brings extensive commercial experience from her previous executive roles at Barloworld, Altech and BMW South Africa.
Cynthia Carroll, Chief Executive of Anglo American, said: “I believe that this series of leadership changes will enable us to continue our success in driving operational performance across our portfolio of businesses in South Africa in line with our clear strategic objectives. I congratulate Chris, Norman, Godfrey and Khanyisile on their new roles – a clear demonstration of the depth of management talent within Anglo American – and welcome Khanyisile to the Anglo American Executive Committee. I thank them all for their strength of leadership and significant achievements in their current roles. I also thank Neville for his many contributions to our Platinum business since 2008 and for his achievements in his career with the Group and we wish him well for the future.”
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Chris Griffith has been CEO of Kumba Iron Ore since 2008. He has 18 years of experience in Anglo American’s Platinum business, having served as head of operations for joint ventures and as general manager of the Amandelbult Section and Bafokeng-Rasimone Platinum Mine in a wide range of operational and management roles.
Norman Mbazima has been CEO of Anglo American’s Thermal Coal business since 2009. Norman was appointed the CEO of Scaw Metals in 2008 and was previously the CFO of Anglo American’s Platinum business before serving as joint acting CEO of that business. Between 2004 and 2006 Norman was CFO of Anglo American’s global coal business, having joined the Group in 2001 at Konkola Copper Mines as CFO.
Godfrey Gomwe has been Executive Director of Anglo American South Africa since 2009 and was previously Head of Business Development, Africa and Finance Director and COO of Anglo American South Africa. Godfrey joined Anglo American in 1999 and has also served as the Chief Executive of Anglo American’s operations in Zimbabwe before moving to the Group’s South African operations in 2003.
Khanyisile Kweyama has been the Executive Head of Human Resources at our Platinum business since 2011. During her career, Khanyisile has held a number of executive roles at Barloworld, Altech and BMW South Africa and was appointed by the South African Minister of Labour to serve as a business representative on the Commission for Employment Equity.
Anglo American is one of the world’s largest mining companies, is headquartered in the UK and listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges. Anglo American’s portfolio of mining businesses spans bulk commodities – iron ore and manganese, metallurgical coal and thermal coal; base metals – copper and nickel; and precious metals and minerals – in which it is a global leader in both platinum and diamonds. Anglo American is committed to the highest standards of safety and responsibility across all its businesses and geographies and to making a sustainable difference in the development of the communities around its operations. The company’s mining operations, extensive pipeline of growth projects and exploration activities span southern Africa, South America, Australia, North America, Asia and Europe.
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