Anglo American promotes insider to head of copper mining

Anglo American has appointed Hennie Faul as chief executive of its copper business. He will replace John MacKenzie, who is leaving the company.

Faul is currently head of mining at Anglo American, a position he has held for two and a half years, and has been with the company for nine years. He will take on his new role from October 2013.

Faul said he was “delighted” to take on the role.

I have greatly enjoyed the technical challenges of the last few years working across Anglo American's commodity businesses as the Group Head of Mining and now will bring my experience across the mining value chain to Copper.

Chief executive Mark Cutifani said:

I congratulate Hennie Faul on his appointment to head the Copper business and I expect his leadership and breadth of expertise will enable us to achieve sustainably higher returns from our competitively positioned assets.

I would like to thank John MacKenzie for his 24 years of hard work and dedication to Anglo American, the last four of which as CEO of Copper. John has worked across many of our commodity businesses around the world and most recently overseen the successful construction, commissioning and ramp up of the expansion at Los Bronces, and the recent processing improvements at Collahuasi. Amongst other achievements he also led the discussions around the innovative Quellaveco Dialogue table in Peru. We wish him well for the next stage of his career.