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Anglo American leadership changes – Base Metals and Brazil

Friday, January 4th, 2019

Anglo American plc (“Anglo American”) announces a number of senior management changes following the decision to divide the management of our global Base Metals business from our Strategy and Business Development activities. Duncan Wanblad will focus solely on his role as Group Director of Strategy and Business Development and Ruben Fernandes, currently CEO of Anglo American in Brazil, will succeed Duncan Wanblad as CEO of Base Metals, effective 1 March 2019.

Mark Cutifani, Chief Executive of Anglo American, said “Duncan Wanblad has led our Base Metals business since 2013 and took on the Strategy and Business Development portfolio in 2016. As we progress the transformation of Anglo American’s performance to unlock our full potential, it is appropriate that we allocate dedicated executive responsibility to these two important portfolios. Duncan will continue to bring rigorous leadership to our strategic thinking and analysis of business development opportunities, critical in shaping many of our longer term decisions.

“Ruben Fernandes has led our iron ore and nickel interests in Brazil with great commitment and compassion. As CEO of Base Metals, Ruben will build on the significant turnaround in operational performance embedded by Duncan Wanblad and take forward our global business strategy for copper and other base metals. Ruben will work closely with the Copper team in Chile, the Quellaveco project development team and our mineral discovery team as we map out our extensive long-term growth options for this key product area that is key to enabling a cleaner, more electrified and richer world.”

Wilfred (Bill) Bruijn is appointed CEO of Anglo American in Brazil, succeeding Ruben Fernandes and reporting to Seamus French, CEO of Bulk Commodities. Bill brings more than 25 years of experience in the mining industry, most recently as CEO of Mineração Usiminas, the iron ore mining joint venture in Brazil between Usiminas and Sumitomo. He joins Anglo American on 4 January 2019 and will work with Ruben on the transition before taking up his role on 1 March 2019.

Ruben Fernandes will join the Group Management Committee of Anglo American upon taking up his new role.
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