angloamerican fullBL Premium writes that Anglo American is rich with candidates to fill the CEO vacancy that will be left at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) with the unexpected resignation of Chris Griffith.  

Asked about his replacement on Monday, Griffith said it would be an internal Anglo appointment, which immediately removed speculation about a number of former high-powered platinum industry executives, including former Lonmin CEO Ben Magara and former Amplats CFO Bongani Nqwababa.  A good starting point to refine the search is to look at the members of Anglo’s group management committee.  This is a group of 14 experienced people and a ripe source of talent for the Amplats job, with three or four internal candidates understood to have been considered.  The highly regarded Duncan Wanblad, a 53-year-old SA mechanical engineer who heads Anglo’s group strategy and business development, must be a front-runner.  He was joint acting CEO at Amplats in 2007 before being moved to head Anglo’s copper division a year later.  But Wanblad is leading Anglo’s R7bn bid for Sirius Minerals, a UK mine developer building a polyhalite mine in Yorkshire and it is unlikely that he will be pulled off that job.  Another strong contender is July Ndlovu, the 54-year-old engineer who is the CEO of Anglo’s coal business in SA, a business that the company will be exiting in the coming years.  He was the executive head of processing at Amplats and has worked in senior management roles in metallurgical operations and technical services.  Then there is Natascha Viljoen, a SA engineer in her early 50s, who is possibly the strongest of all the candidates.  Viljoen comes with a strong track record from her time as the executive heading the processing division at Lonmin.

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