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AngloGold Ashanti Welcomes Tilk as New Chairman, Ramos Exits

Leadership Transition Marks New Era for Global Mining Giant

by Oluwatosin Alabi

In a corporate shift within the global mining landscape, AngloGold Ashanti, a titan in the gold mining industry, has announced major transitions in its leadership. The company revealed that Maria Ramos, the esteemed Chairman of its Board of Directors and an independent non-executive director, has chosen not to seek re-election during the forthcoming annual general meeting (AGM) scheduled for May 28, 2024. Ramos’s tenure, which commenced on June 1, 2019, and elevated her to the position of Chairman on December 5, 2020, has been marked by commendable governance and strategic direction.

Succeeding Ramos, the Board of Directors unanimously voted to appoint Jochen Tilk as the new Chairman, effective from May 28, 2024, contingent upon his re-election at the AGM. Tilk, a distinguished figure in the mining sector, has served as an independent non-Executive Director of AngloGold Ashanti since January 1, 2019, and chairs the board’s Investment Committee. His impressive background in mining engineering and leadership roles across the global mining sector underscores the strategic intent behind his appointment.

AngloGold Ashanti’s CEO, Alberto Calderon, lauded Ramos for her invaluable contributions and ethical leadership during her tenure. Her efforts have significantly supported the company’s strategic and governance pursuits, providing a solid foundation for its continued success. Calderon’s acknowledgment of Ramos’s support underscores the importance of collaborative leadership in steering the company through the dynamic challenges of the mining industry.

Jochen Tilk brings a wealth of experience to his new role as Chairman. His illustrious career spans several key positions, including Executive Director at Nutrien Inc., President and CEO of Potash Corp, and a substantial tenure at Inmet Mining Corp, culminating in a leadership role as its President and CEO. Tilk’s extensive experience is complemented by his current positions, including a non-executive directorship at Emera Inc., and board membership at the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, reflecting his broad expertise and commitment to corporate and social responsibilities.

The board transition is a testament to AngloGold Ashanti’s robust leadership succession planning and its commitment to maintaining high standards of corporate governance and strategic direction. Rhidwaan Gasant, AngloGold Ashanti’s lead independent director, expressed gratitude towards Ramos for her principled leadership and contributions that have propelled the company forward. Gasant’s endorsement of Tilk’s appointment highlights the board’s confidence in his capabilities to navigate AngloGold Ashanti through its future endeavors, ensuring the company remains a formidable player in the global mining industry.

Additionally, the company announced the departure of Maria Richter, a non-executive director since January 1, 2015, who will not stand for re-election at the upcoming AGM. Albert Garner is set to succeed Richter as chairman of the Compensation and Human Resources Committee, effective from May 28, 2024, subject to his re-election. This transition further illustrates the dynamic changes within AngloGold Ashanti’s leadership, aimed at aligning the company’s practices with emerging industry trends and governance standards.

These leadership transitions at AngloGold Ashanti mark a new chapter in the company’s journey, poised to reinforce its position as a leader in the gold mining sector. With a renewed focus on strategic growth, ethical governance, and operational excellence, the company looks forward to leveraging the vast experience and fresh perspectives of its newly appointed chairman and board members. The strategic foresight in these appointments and the acknowledgment of outgoing members’ contributions reflect AngloGold Ashanti’s commitment to excellence and its readiness to face the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in the evolving mining industry landscape.

Source: Mining Review Africa

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