Anglo American has appointed Themba Mkhwanazi as the CEO of its coal business in South Africa, effective during the second quarter of 2014, following Godfrey Gomwe’s decision to retire from Anglo American.

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.

“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,” says Seamus French, CEO of Anglo American’s coal business.

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