The Board

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In accordance with UK Corporate Governance Code, Anglo American will continue to propose the re-election of all its directors on an annual basis.

Sir John Parker
Sir John Parker FREng DSc (Eng),
ScD (Hon), DSc (Hon),
DUniv (Hon), FRINA

69, joined the Board as a non executive director on 9 July 2009 and became chairman of Anglo American plc on 1 August 2009. Sir John is also chairman of the Nomination Committee and is a member of the Safety and Sustainable Development (S&SD) Committee.

Sir John is recognised as a highly experienced and independent chairman, has chaired five FTSE 100 companies and brings a broad range of leadership experience across a variety of industries in many countries.

He is a non executive director of Carnival Corporation, EADS and deputy chairman of DP World. Sir John is President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and a Visiting Fellow of the University of Oxford.

Sir John recently stepped down as chairman of National Grid plc and as chancellor of the University of Southampton. He was previously senior non executive director and chair of the Court of the Bank of England and joint chair of Mondi and chair of BVT and P&O plc.

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Sir CK Chow
Sir CK Chow DEng (Hon), CEng, FREng, HonFHKIE, FIChemE

61, was appointed to the Board on 15 April 2008 and is a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees. He is currently a non executive director of AIA Group Company Limited. Sir CK was knighted in 2000 for his services to industry.

Sir CK recently retired as chief executive officer of the MTR Corporation in Hong Kong, a position he held between 2003 and 2011. He was formerly chief executive of Brambles Industries, GKN PLC and non executive chairman of Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited. Prior to joining GKN PLC he worked for The BOC Group plc for 20 years, joining its board in 1993.

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Dr Mamphela Ramphele
Mamphela Ramphele PhD, BComm,

64, joined the Board on 25 April 2006. She is a member of the Nomination and S&SD Committees. Mamphela Ramphele is the founder of Letsema Circle, a specialist transformation advisory company and the chair of Gold Fields Limited and the Technology & Innovation Agency of South Africa. She is a non executive director of Mediclinic and Remgro, a trustee of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, and an adviser to the Veolia Institute. She is the chair of Eduloan. Her experience in international financial institutions and of South African social issues is of great value to the Company.

Mamphela Ramphele was formerly co-chair of the Global Commission on International Migration, a World Bank managing director and vice chancellor at the University of Cape Town. She was also the chair of Circle Capital Ventures, a Black Economic Empowerment Company.

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Cynthia Carroll
Cynthia Carroll BSc, MSc, MBA

55, was appointed chief executive on 1 March 2007, having joined the Board on 15 January 2007. Cynthia Carroll chairs the Group Management Committee (GMC) and the Executive Committee (ExCo) and sits on the S&SD Committee. She is a non executive director of BP plc and De Beers and chairs Anglo American Platinum.

Key achievements

  • comprehensive internal reorganisation, new asset optimisation and supply chain initiatives, while sustaining the project pipeline during the downturn, and laying the foundation for a record financial performance in 2011
  • changed the composition of the projects team and introduced greater systematisation into the project evaluation process. In 2011, three major projects were successfully delivered – on, or ahead of schedule
  • continues to drive our sustainable development agenda, including leading our corporate participation at the 2011 COP17 Summit.

Cynthia Carroll is the former president and CEO of Alcan's Primary Metals Group and a former director of AngloGold Ashanti Ltd and Sara Lee Corporation.

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Sir Philip Hampton
Sir Philip Hampton MA, ACA, MBA

58, joined the Board on 9 November 2009. He is chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. Sir Philip is chairman of The Royal Bank of Scotland and brings to Anglo American significant financial, strategic and boardroom experience across a number of industries.

His previous appointments include chairman of J Sainsbury plc, finance director of Lloyds TSB Group plc, BT Group plc, BG Group plc, British Gas plc, British Steel plc, an executive director of Lazards and a non executive director of RMC Group plc and Belgacom SA.

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Jack Thompson
Jack Thompson BSc, PhD

61, joined the Board on 16 November 2009 and is a member of the Remuneration and S&SD Committees. He is currently a non executive director of Molycorp Inc. and Tidewater Inc. Jack Thompson brings experience gained at all levels of the mining industry and has received wide recognition as a mining executive. He also has extensive boardroom experience in both executive and non executive roles.

Jack Thompson was previously chairman and CEO of Homestake Mining Co., vice chairman of Barrick Gold Corp. and has served on the boards of Centerra Gold Inc., Century Aluminum Co., Phelps Dodge Corp., Rinker Group Ltd and Stillwater Mining.

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Rene Medori
René Médori Doctorate in Economics

54, was appointed to the Board on 1 June 2005, becoming finance director on 1 September 2005. René Médori is a member of GMC and ExCo and chairman of the Investment Committee. He is a non executive director of SSE plc (formerly Scottish and Southern Energy plc) until 25 June 2012, De Beers and Anglo American Platinum. René Médori recently joined the board of Petrofac Limited as a non executive director.

Key achievements:

  • has maintained a robust balance sheet, which is well positioned for market volatility
  • led the negotiations with Lafarge on the combination of the cement, aggregate, ready mixed concrete, asphalt and contracting businesses in the UK of Lafarge and Tarmac
  • ensured funding of De Beers deal without recourse to acquisition financing.

He is a former finance director of The BOC Group plc.

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Ray O'Rourke
Ray O'Rourke

65, joined the Board on 11 December 2009. He is a member of the Audit and S&SD Committees. Ray O'Rourke has a proven track record in delivering complex and large scale projects around the world, mobilising large numbers of people with great success and applying leading project management practices. As a member of the S&SD Committee, he has a keen interest in safety.

He founded the O'Rourke Group in 1977, having begun his career at Kier and J Murphy & Sons. In 2001, the O'Rourke Group acquired John Laing, to form Laing O'Rourke, now Europe's largest privately owned construction company, of which Ray O'Rourke is chairman and chief executive.

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Peter Woicke
Peter Woicke MBA

69, joined the Board on 1 January 2006, chairs the S&SD Committee and is a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees.

He is currently chair of the trustees of the Ashesi University Foundation and a member of the boards of Saudi Aramco, the Institute for Human Rights and Business and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

From 1999 to 2005, Peter Woicke was Executive Vice President of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and under his leadership, the IFC expanded the provision of environmental and social know how to its clients through its Sustainability Initiative. Prior to joining the IFC, Peter Woicke held numerous positions over nearly 30 years with J.P. Morgan and he was also a managing director of the World Bank.

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David Challen
David Challen

68, joined the Board on 9 September 2002 and was appointed as the senior independent non executive director in April 2008. He is chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees. David Challen is currently chairman of the EMEA governance committee at Citigroup and senior non executive director of Smiths Group plc. He is currently a deputy chairman of the UK's Takeover Panel. David Challen continues to demonstrate his independence by challenging and questioning management.

Previously he was chairman of J. Henry Schroder & Co. Limited, where he spent most of his professional career.

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Phuthuma Nhleko
Phuthuma Nhleko BSc, MBA

51, joined the Board on 9 March 2011 and is a member of the Audit Committee. Phuthuma Nhleko is a non executive director of BP plc and an executive director of Pembani Group (Pty) Limited. Phuthuma Nhleko's extensive international business experience has lent further strength to our Board.

In his former position as President and CEO of MTN, Phuthuma Nhleko showed impressive leadership and vision in transforming MTN from a highly successful South African mobile operator into a considerable force in mobile telecommunications services in emerging markets. He previously served as a director on a number of boards in South Africa, including Nedbank Group, Alexander Forbes, Bidvest and Old Mutual (SA).

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