Executive management

The Company has two principal executive committees. The Group Management Committee (GMC) (which meets fortnightly) is responsible for formulating strategy for discussion and approval by the Board, monitoring performance and managing the Group’s portfolio. The Executive Committee (ExCo) (which meets at least every two months for a two day session) is responsible for developing and implementing Group-wide policies and programmes and for the adoption of best practice standards across the Group.

GMC and ExCo members

Brian Beamish

Brian Beamish
BSc (Mechanical Engineering)

54, is Group director of mining and technology. He held the position of chief executive of Base Metals between 2007 and 2009 and has more than 30 years of mining industry experience in various commodities and geographies. He spent 20 years at Anglo Platinum, including four years as executive director of operations between 1996 and 1999.

Mervyn Walker

Mervyn Walker
MA (Oxon)

51, is Group director of human resources and communications. He is a solicitor by training and joined Anglo American in 2008 from Mondi, where he was group HR and legal director. Mervyn Walker spent 19 years at British Airways, where he held a series of senior roles, including HR director, legal director, director of purchasing and director of UK airports. He is also non-executive chairman of pension schemes for AMEC plc.

David Weston

David Weston
MBA, BSc (Eng)

52, is Group director of business performance and projects. He spent 25 years with Shell and was president of Shell Canada Products before joining the Anglo American Group in 2006 as chief executive of Industrial Minerals (Tarmac). David Weston served as the Group’s technical director between April and October 2009. He is also a non-executive director of International Power plc and Kumba Iron Ore Limited.

ExCo members

Walter De Simoni

Walter De Simoni
BSc (Mining Eng)

55, is CEO of Nickel. Walter De Simoni joined the Anglo American Group in 1978. He was appointed president of Anglo Base Metals Brazil in 2005. He became Anglo American Brazil CEO in 2006 and CEO of Nickel in October 2009.

Seamus French

Seamus French
B Eng (Chemical)

48, is CEO of Metallurgical Coal and joined the Group as regional CEO of Anglo Coal Australia in 2007. He was previously on the BHP Billiton Executive Committee as global vice-president of business excellence from 2005.

Godfrey Gomwe

Godfrey Gomwe
B.Acc, CA (Z), MBL

55, is executive director, Anglo American South Africa. He is chairman of Anglo American Zimele, Anglo American’s Transformation Committee and Tshikululu Social Investments. He is a non-executive director of Anglo Platinum Limited, Kumba Iron Ore Limited and Thebe Investment Corporation (Pty) Limited. Godfrey Gomwe was previously finance director and chief operating officer of Anglo American South Africa and chairman and chief executive of Anglo American Zimbabwe Limited.

Chris Griffith

Chris Griffith
B Eng (Mining) Hons, Pr Eng

45, is CEO of Kumba Iron Ore. He has been with Anglo American for almost two decades. He was Anglo Platinum’s head of operations for joint ventures before being appointed CEO of Kumba Iron Ore in 2008.

John MacKenzie

John MacKenzie
M.Sc Eng, MBL

42, is CEO of Copper. He joined the Anglo American Gold and Uranium Division in January 1990 and was promoted to vice-president of Anglo Coal, South American Operations in 1999. In 2004, he became general manager of Base Metals’ Minera Loma de Níquel operation in Venezuela. John MacKenzie was appointed CEO of Base Metals’ Zinc operations in November 2006, becoming CEO of Copper in October 2009.

Norman Mbazima

Norman Mbazima
FCCA

52, is CEO of Thermal Coal. He joined the Anglo American Group in 2001 at Konkola Copper Mines PLC. He was global chief financial officer for Anglo Coal and became executive director of finance at Anglo Platinum in June 2006, and later stepped in as joint acting chief executive. Norman Mbazima was appointed CEO of Scaw Metals in May 2008 and was appointed CEO of Thermal Coal in October 2009.

Neville Nicolau

Neville Nicolau
BT (Mining Engineering), MBA

51, is CEO of Platinum. He joined the Anglo American Group in January 1979, subsequently working in the Gold and Uranium Division at different managerial levels in all the major operating areas in South Africa. In 2000-2001, he was the technical director of AngloGold’s South American operations, based in Brazil. He became chief operating officer (Africa) of AngloGold Ashanti in May 2004 and was appointed CEO of Anglo Platinum in June 2008.

Duncan Wanblad

Duncan Wanblad
BSc (Eng) Mech, GDE (Eng Management)

44, is Group director of Other Mining and Industrial. He began his career at Johannesburg Consolidated Investment Company Limited in 1990. Duncan Wanblad was appointed to the board of Anglo Platinum and various of its subsidiaries in 2004 – becoming the executive director in charge of projects and engineering. He was appointed joint acting chief executive of Anglo Platinum in August 2007, before taking over as CEO copper operations of Anglo American in May 2008. He became Group director of Other Mining and Industrial in October 2009.

Stephan Weber

Stephan Weber
M.Sc

49, is CEO of Iron Ore Brazil. He worked for Rio Tinto from 2002 to 2008, serving on its Iron Ore Executive Committee from 2006 to 2008. Stephan Weber joined Anglo American in January 2009 as chief technical officer within Anglo Ferrous Metals and was appointed CEO of Iron Ore Brazil in October 2009.

Peter Whitcutt

Peter Whitcutt
BCom (Hons), CA (SA), MBA

45, is Group director of strategy and business development. He joined Anglo American in 1990 within the corporate finance division. Peter Whitcutt worked on the merger of Minorco, the listing of Anglo American in 1999 and the subsequent unwinding of the cross-holding with De Beers. He was appointed chief financial officer of Base Metals in August 2008 and to his present position in October 2009.