Anglo Names Mpumi Zikalala as First Female CEO

In a move to reshuffle its top bulk commodities management, Anglo American Plc has appointed its first female Chief Executive Officer, Mpumi Zikalala to run its South African iron ore business.

Prior to this time, Mpumi Zikalala was the managing director of De Beers managed operations. The 42-year-old was appointed to this role in 2019. She will be taking over as CEO on January 1st, replacing Themba Mkhwanazi.

These changes are part of Anglo’s efforts to increase the presence of women in mining especially in the executive leadership, which is a male-dominated field.

Last year, Anglo named Natascha Viljoen as CEO for its platinum-group metals business, Anglo American Platinum Ltd.

With this new role, Mpumi Zikalala faces the challenge of finding new deposits and extending the company’s giant Sishen open pit operation in South Africa’s Northern Cape province.

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