LONDON Anglo American Plc has appointed Hennie Faul chief executive officer of its copper business following the resignation of John MacKenzie after 24 years in the role.
Faul, currently group head of mining who has been at Anglo American for nine years, will take over in October. He has 26 years technical and operational experience.
Faul showed "strong leadership" while he was working for Anglos zinc business, Duncan Wanblad, chief executive officer of the miners base metals and minerals business, said in a statement. Anglo sold its zinc units to Vedanta Resources in 2010 for $1.34 billion (amm.com, May 10, 2010). "(Fauls) leadership and breadth of expertise will enable us to achieve sustainably higher returns from our competitively positioned assets," Wanblad said.
"I look forward to working with the team to drive the ongoing performance turnaround and improvement from our copper assets," Faul said.
MacKenzies tenure as chief executive of Anglo Americans copper business included overseeing the expansion of the Los Bronces copper mine in central Chile and recent processing improvements at Collahuasi, the company said.
Copper is the mining groups second-biggest contributor to earnings after iron ore.
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister publication Metal Bulletin.