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Anglo American Names Ruben Fernandes CEO, Nickel, Niobium & Phosphates Unit

Anglo American Plc. (AAUKY.PK,AAL.L) announced that it has appointed Ruben Fernandes as chief Executive Officer of its Nickel, Niobium and Phosphates businesses, with effect 1 December 2013, following the company's decision to combine the management of the three commodity businesses.

The company stated that Walter De Simoni, CEO of the Nickel business since 2009, has decided to leave the company 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, age 48, joined Anglo American in 2012, having been head of mining at Votorantim Metals in Brazil, responsible for projects and exploration activities around the world, as well as operations in Peru and Colombia. Between 2009 and 2011, he was COO at Vale Fertilizers, responsible for the fertiliser operations, sales and marketing.

Ruben was also CEO of Kaolin Companies - Pará Pigments and Cadam - two subsidiaries of Vale, between 2007 and 2009, and held various analysis, marketing and project roles in Vale's Base Metals business which he joined in 1999. Between 1988 and 1998, he held several leadership roles in the special alloys industry.

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