Anglo American plc – a global leader in mining and natural resources – has announced three senior appointments in South Africa.

Ian Cockerill has been appointed as chief executive officer of Anglo Coal and a member of the executive committee of Anglo American. He has been a senior executive with Gold Fields Limited for nine years, the last six as chief executive officer. His primary focus will be to drive the further strategic development of Anglo American’s global coal business, and to execute its considerable growth ambition, in addition to pursuing developments in clean coal and associated technologies. Ian will take up his position on 1 June 2008.

“I see the world-wide issues around energy as being critical for the foreseeable future,” says Cockerill. “I am looking forward to joining Anglo and to the challenge of taking on a global role in a company which has tremendous depth of experience in the resource and energy sector, and which clearly has lots of ambition to grow,” he adds.

Kuseni Dlamini has been appointed as head of Anglo American South Africa and a member of the executive committee of Anglo American plc. Kuseni will 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.

Previously executive chairman of the Richards Bay coal terminal, in which Anglo American is a 27% shareholder, Kuseni will take up his position on 1 July 2008.

Russell King has been appointed as chief strategy officer of Anglo American plc with immediate effect. He will lead the strategy and business development team, working closely with the executive management to define and execute the group’s strategy and to lead performance monitoring processes.