Anglo American has appointed Ruben Fernandes as CEO of its nickel, niobium and phosphates businesses.

This follows Anglo American’s decision to combine the management of the three commodity businesses. Walter De Simoni, CEO of the nickel business since 2009, has decided to leave Anglo American to pursue other opportunities. Ruben Fernandes, currently CEO of Anglo American’s niobium and phosphates businesses, will report to Duncan Wanblad, CEO of the base metals and minerals group.

Ruben Fernandes has already made a significant contribution to the niobium and phosphates businesses,” says Wanblad. “His strong leadership and commercial acumen will help him successfully combine the management of nickel, niobium and phosphates as we create optimal value through improved performance.”

Fernandes says that he is delighted to take up his new role, effective from December 2013. “I look forward to working with our people to create an effective and efficient combined management team to build upon the recent progress made to turn around the nickel business and to continue the improved performance in niobium and phosphates.”

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