Anglo American plc has appointed Philip Mitchell as Group Director – HR and Corporate Affairs, effective 1 September 2014, following Mervyn Walker’s decision to retire from Anglo American.
Philip Mitchell has held a number of senior leadership positions at Rio Tinto during his 32-year career, most recently as head of business development. His roles have spanned finance, M&A and strategic business change, including playing leading roles in the transformation of Hamersley into Rio Tinto’s key iron ore business, with a proven track record of working closely with business partners and host governments in Australia, China, Asia, South America, Indonesia and Africa.
Philip Mitchell said he looked forward to working closely with the executive team and the HR and Corporate Affairs groups to progress the priorities of cultural change and enhanced productivity, being key building blocks to realising Mark Cutifani’s ambition for Anglo American.
“In order to generate optimal returns for shareholders from our resource base, we must set a work environment that encourages all employees to deliver to the best of their abilities, while recognising that our business needs to make a sustainable, positive difference in the eyes of our host governments and communities. Being part of a team that will align its actions and systems to deliver these outcomes is profoundly energising.”
Mark Cutifani, Chief Executive of Anglo American added that Mitchell brings a rare combination of leadership skills gained across many of Rio Tinto’s businesses and corporate activities. “Phil’s deep understanding of the mining industry and the complex interdependencies of stakeholder groups, together with his experience of effective organisational development, will be invaluable to Anglo American as we build a more competitive and sustainable business.”