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Leadership team

We believe that strong leadership should be central to what we do every day, and plays a major role in how we help make mining matter.

On a global level, our chief executive officers and directors are accountable to our group chief executive Mark Cutifani, and form part of the Group’s executive committee. If you want to know more about our global leadership team, read their biographies.

In South Africa, our executive leadership team consists of the executive head of Anglo American in South Africa, Andile Sangqu and CEOs from our four South African businesses, Platinum, Kumba Iron Ore, Thermal Coal, and De Beers in South Africa.

Andile Sangqu

Executive head, Anglo American South Africa

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Chris Griffith

CEO of Anglo American Platinum

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Norman Mbazima

Deputy Chairman of Anglo American South Africa

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Themba Mkhwanazi

CEO of Kumba Iron Ore

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Phillip Barton

Chief executive, De Beers Consolidated Mines

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July Ndlovu

CEO of Coal South Africa

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Andile Sangqu

Executive head, Anglo American South Africa

BAccSc (Hons), BCom, MBL; executive head of Anglo American South Africa since June 2015. 

As of 1 June 2015, Andile Sangqu has been appointed as the executive head of Anglo American South Africa. Andile will work with the South Africa-based businesses to help deliver the Group’s strategy in the region, will provide leadership and co-ordination to the Group’s stakeholder relations initiatives in South Africa and will facilitate regional alignment with the Group’s central functions. Andile will serve as a director on the AASA Board and report to Norman Mbazima.

Andile Sangqu was previously group executive of sustainability and risk at Impala Platinum and brings extensive commercial, mining and stakeholder relations experience from his former executive and board roles. Prior to his role at Impala Platinum, Andile was executive director for Glencore Xstrata South Africa, served on the Chamber of Mines’ National Development Plan Committee and held executive and non-executive roles at Kagiso Trust Investments. Andile currently serves as the vice president of the Chamber of Mines. His qualifications include, amongst others, a Bachelor of Accounting Science (Honours), a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters of Business Leadership.

 

Chris Griffith

CEO of Anglo American Platinum

B Eng (Mining) Hons, Pr Eng; 51; CEO of Anglo American Platinum since September 2012.

Chris is a member of the Group Management Committee (GMC) and was appointed a director and chief executive of Anglo American Platinum Limited on 1 September 2012.

Prior to this, he served on the board of Kumba Iron Ore Limited as the chief executive for four years, where he managed improvements in performance across the business.

Chris was formerly the executive head of joint ventures for Anglo American Platinum Limited and continues to serve as a director of Anglo American South Africa Limited. Chris has over 19 years of mine management experience, during which time he was general manager of Anglo American Platinum Limited’s Amandelbult Platinum Mine and Bafokeng-Rasimone Platinum Mine.

He has been with Anglo American for more than two decades.

Chris holds a B Eng (Mining) Hons from the University of Pretoria.

Norman Mbazima

Deputy Chairman of Anglo American South Africa

FCCA, FZICA; CEO of Kumba Iron Ore since September 2012.

Norman is a member of the Group Management Committee (GMC) and deputy chairman of Anglo American South Africa (AASA).

Norman Mbazima, has headed Anglo American’s South African iron ore business Kumba Iron Ore since 1 September 2012 when he joined the separately-listed company as its chief executive. He is leading a review of the business to adapt to the changing price environment, while, at the same time, guiding efforts to restore the company’s flagship operation, Sishen mine, to full production by 2016.

He previously headed Anglo American’s thermal coal business in SA, which recorded a record operating profit in 2011, combined with an improved safety performance. Under his leadership, the business worked towards developing cleaner solutions for the world’s energy needs. A chartered accountant by profession, Norman started his career with Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines before joining accounting firm Deloitte & Touche, where he spent 17 years. He was instrumental in the privatisation of Zambia’s state-owned enterprises, including the country’s mining industry. Previous roles with Anglo American included finance director of Konkola Copper mines, CFO of the Anglo American Coal business, CEO of Scaw Metals, and finance director and acting CEO of the platinum business.

Themba Mkhwanazi

CEO of Kumba Iron Ore

B.Eng.Hons, CEO of Kumba Iron Ore, 46.

Themba was appointed the CEO of Kumba Iron Ore from 1 September 2016. Previously he held the position of CEO of Anglo American’s coal business in South Africa from May 2014. Prior to his appointment he was Rio Tinto’s regional general manager for America, responsible for delivering technical and operational improvements across Rio Tinto’s businesses in the region.

Themba has held a number of senior roles within the resources industry, including COO of Richards Bay Minerals, during which he was responsible for mining, smelting and processing operations. Before that, he was a managing director with the Huntsman Corporation in South Africa.

His full list of positions have included process engineer at Sasol; shift plant manager, business improvement senior coach, plant manager, area manager and MD of Huntsman Tioxide; COO Richards Bay Minerals; and GM expansion support and regional GM technology and innovation at Rio Tinto.

Phillip Barton

Chief executive, De Beers Consolidated Mines

Phillip Barton was appointed chief executive of De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) in September 2010. He began his career with De Beers in 1988 as internal auditor at the Cullinan Diamond Mine and became senior audit manager, global operations, in 1997.

He has since served as financial manager, group exploration; group manager, internal audit; and finance director for DBCM. He holds a degree in accounting, is a registered associate general accountant and completed his MBA in 2000. He serves on several boards and is a trustee of the De Beers Fund and the Ponahalo De Beers Fund and chairs the Key Employee and Diamond Route Trusts.

July Ndlovu

CEO of Coal South Africa

BSc Hons, MBL, CEO of Coal South Africa, 51.

July was appointed the CEO of Anglo American’s coal business in South Africa from 1 September 2016. Previously he was the Executive Head of Processing at Anglo American Platinum in 2007. July was previously employed by Anglo American subsidiaries in Zimbabwe, where he held senior managerial positions in metallurgical operations and technical services.

In 2001, he transferred to Anglo American Platinum, where he was first appointed business manager of the Polokwane Smelter, then head of process technology. July graduated in Engineering and Business Leadership from the Universities of Zimbabwe and South Africa respectively, and completed the Senior Executive Programme with Columbia Business School.

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