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Anglo appoints CEO of South Africa coal business

World Coal,

Anglo American has announced the appointment of Themba Mkhwanazi as the CEO of the company’s South Africa coal business, effective during Q2 2014. The appointment comes following Godfrey Gomwe’s decision to retire from Anglo.

Themba Mkhwanazi

Themba Mkhwanazi is currently Rio Tinto's Regional General Manager for the Americas, 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 as COO of Richards Bay Minerals, during which he was responsible for mining, smelting and processing operations. Prior to that, he was a managing director with the Huntsman Corporation in South Africa.

South Africa coal

Seamus French, CEO of Anglo American's Coal business, commented: "I am delighted to appoint Themba Mkhwanazi to lead our coal business in South Africa. Themba brings extensive international operating experience gained across his two decades in the resources industry, including 16 years in South Africa and more recently in the USA. Themba's leadership and technical expertise will be instrumental in helping us deliver the full potential from our consolidated global coal business."

Global coal interests

Mark Cutifani, CEO of Anglo American, added: "Godfrey Gomwe has made an invaluable contribution to Anglo American throughout his 15 years with the Group in a number of senior executive positions. Godfrey's commercial experience and collaborative approach to engagement has strengthened our business in South Africa and we thank him for his support in integrating our global coal interests in recent months. We wish him well in his retirement."

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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