Follow the leaders: This week’s executive appointments


Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including at Anglo American, MEC Mining and CDE.

Anglo American has named the successor of Mark Cutifani in the role of chief executive officer.

Duncan Wanblad will take up the reins from the date of the company’s annual general meeting (AGM) on April 19 next year .

Anglo American chairman Stuart Chambers welcomed Wanblad and thanked Cutifani for his nine-year contribution.

“Duncan Wanblad is the standout and natural successor to Mark Cutifani, bringing his 30 years of international mining experience and deep understanding of Anglo American, its culture and its context,” Chambers said.

“Mark’s legacy in the areas of safety, the power of engagement, and his vision for a very different and sustainable future for mining enabled through technology, deserve particular recognition.

“The board is enormously grateful to Mark for his unerring commitment and all that he has achieved.

Cutifani will remain employed by Anglo American as he aids in the transition period.

The 63-year-old said his nine years as head of the company had been a great experience.

“There has been no greater privilege for me than leading Anglo American and our incredible people,” Cutifani said.

“Together, we have transformed our competitive position and led the way towards a very different future for mining – a safer, smarter future that delivers enduring value for all our stakeholders.

“I can think of no better leader than Duncan to pick up the baton and pursue the many opportunities that lie ahead for our business.”


MEC Mining has welcomed the swift rise of Christofer Catania as he steps into the role as chief executive officer.

Just over a year since he was welcomed as general manager of the mining consultancy, MEC director Simon Cohn said he was pleased to elevate the Catania into the top job.

Catania has worked for the company for 15 years, and  Cohn lauded his efforts over that time.

“The CEO role is new to our organisational structure and is something that we saw necessary to drive the aspirational goals of our business, while providing support for our existing team,” Cohn said.

“Chris Catania has high-level technical and operational expertise, combined with his experience in project management and leadership.


CDE, a leading manufacturer of wet processing equipment globally, has appointed James Murphy as the company’s area sales manager for Australasian.

Murphy was welcomed alongside three more additions as the company continued to expand into the region.

Murphy said it was an exciting time to join an exciting business.

“CDE is a solution-orientated and truly data-driven business with innovative and entrepreneurial people at the heart of everything it does,” he said.

“I’m very pleased to join the team and play my role in delivering engineering excellence in the region.”

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