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Nompumelelo Zikalala appointed as Kumba Iron Ore’s first female CEO

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 Nompumelelo Zikalala appointed as Kumba Iron Ore's first female CEO

By Thys Khiba

Johannesburg – Anglo American announced on Tuesday that it has appointed Nompumelelo ‘Mpumi’ Zikalala as Kumba Iron Ore’s new CEO.

Zikalala, who will be leading a subsidiary of Anglo American, is currently managing director of De Beers Managed Operations.

“Mpumi…. brings over 20 years of mining experience, having started her career as a chemical engineering bursar at Anglo American and having held a number of senior operational and commercial leadership roles at De Beers.

Her appointment is another demonstration of our commitment as a business towards nurturing and supporting the success of women.”

Image 7 Kolomela Iron Ore Mine
General images of haulage operations in the Leeufontein pit at Kolomela Iron Ore Mine

She’ll be taken over Themba Mkhwanazi who has been appointed CEO of Anglo American’s global Bulk Commodities business following the decision of Seamus French to leave the group after 14 years. Both appointments will take effect on 1 January 2022.

Kumba chair Terence Goodlace said he was delighted with Zikalala’s appointment.

Zikalala said her focus will be to “build on Kumba’s strong safety and operational performance track record, strengthening strategic partnerships and unlocking further value from the business”.

This is a developing story.

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