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Anglo CEO Cynthia Carroll to step down

Oct 26 2012 08:20 Reuters

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ANGLO AMERICAN PLC [JSE:AGL]

Last traded 0
Change -5,05
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Cumulative volume 1344962
Market cap 336.72bn

Last Updated: 22-10-2014 at 04:24. Prices are delayed by 15 minutes. Source: McGregor BFA

Anglo American Plat Ltd [JSE:AMS]

Last traded 0
Change -10,7
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Cumulative volume 109400
Market cap 98.06bn

Last Updated: 22-10-2014 at 04:24. Prices are delayed by 15 minutes. Source: McGregor BFA

KUMBA IRON ORE LIMITED [JSE:KIO]

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Change 5,51
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Cumulative volume 627882
Market cap 94.13bn

Last Updated: 22-10-2014 at 04:24. Prices are delayed by 15 minutes. Source: McGregor BFA

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London - Anglo American [JSE:AGL] CEO Cynthia Carroll stepped down on Friday, after more than five years at the helm but also after months of pressure from some shareholders over the share performance and the miner’s continued dependence on troubled South Africa.

A geologist by training, Carroll became the first non-South African, the first woman and the first outsider to take the top job at Anglo when she became CEO in 2007.

She said in a statement she felt the time was right to hand over to a successor as she entered her seventh year at the helm.

Her departure was not unexpected.

Recent labour woes - compounded by nagging concerns over its Minas Rio iron ore project in Brazil and operational trouble in Chilean copper - have revived long-standing worries among some investors over Anglo’s exposure to Southern Africa, the success of its acquisitions and, ultimately, a share price that has lagged peers.

Despite billions in cost cuts and efforts to streamline what was still in 2007 a sprawling consortium, analysts at Macquarie said this week that on a US dollar market capitalisation basis, Anglo has lost one-third of its value since Carroll became CEO. It is now worth some $25bn less.

The rest of the peer group are worth at least the same as they were at the start of 2007, when she took over.

Violent strikes and labour troubles across the South African mining sector spread to Anglo Platinum [JSE:AMS], the world’s top producer of the precious metal, last month, just before the end of the current reporting period.

Weeks later, they hit Anglo’s Kumba Iron Ore [JSE:KIO] unit, which alone accounted for almost half the group’s operating profit in the first half.

Kumba’s Sishen mine has since begun to ramp up operations, but Amplats workers have not yet returned to Amplats’ Rustenburg, Union and Amandelbult mining operations, which include some of Amplats’ most labour intensive shafts, and those that have suffered deepest compression in margins since 2008.

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