Diversified mining company Anglo American announced on Tuesday that it had appointed Kuseni Dlamini, currently Richards Bay Coal Terminal chairperson, as head of the company’s South African operations, and exiting Gold Fields CEO Ian Cockerill as its new Anglo Coal CEO.
Both would also join the executive committee of Anglo American plc.
Cockerill would take up his new post on June 1, and Dlamini a month later.
The outgoing Gold Fields CEO, who had served in that capacity for the past six years, announced his surprise resignation last week. CFO Nick Holland would replace him.
"Basically, I think energy is a globally critical issue for the next few years," Cockerill said in answer to emailed questions from Mining Weekly Online. " Anglo Coal has a fantastic asset base in this sector and Anglo [American] have a strong desire to grow their global production footprint, as well as become more involved in downstream energy related technologies, and it is this 'growth' desire that I find both interesting yet challenging."
Cockerill himself was taking over from John Wallington, who had resigned to pursue his own business interests.
Further, Anglo American said that it had appointed group head of HR, business development and sustainable development Russell King as its new chief strategy officer.
Dlamini, meanwhile, said he was excited by the opportunity to participate in Anglo, which was not only the largest mining company in South Africa, but also had significant growth prospects, which could be of benefit to the South African economy as a whole.
"I look forward to reinforcing the company’s relationships with all its stakeholders and contributing to the group’s successes as it continues to invest in and grow its mining operations in South Africa.”
Dlamini would be Anglo American’s principal representative in South Africa, with day-to-day responsibility for the successful internal transformation of the South African business and alignment with the group’s global strategy.
"In addition, this role will bring greater cohesion to Anglo American’s approach to all key external stakeholder relationships in South Africa, in particular, ensuring that the benefits of the many transformational deals undertaken by Anglo American are realised for all parties, and country related matters," the company said.
Dlamini's new role as head of Anglo American South Africa was a new position, after Lazarus Zim resigned as CEO of Anglo American South Africa, and was replaced in an acting capacity by Philip Baum.
Anglo American CE Cynthia Carroll welcomed the three new officials to the group
"Their depth of experience further strengthens our strategic management capabilities as we build upon the current momentum and realise our exciting growth prospects as a leading global mining company," she said.
Edited by: Mariaan Webb
Creamer Media Senior Researcher and Deputy Editor Online
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