Kumba's 'iron' man

Norman Mbazima is named as new CEO

Norman Mbazima is the new CEO at Kumba Iron Ore
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With Norman Mbazima’s appointment as the new CEO of Kumba Iron Ore Limited the company is set to continue its successful journey into the future, as the Zambian-born family and businessman is not only passionate about the mining industry, but is driven to ensure Kumba’s continued success. 

The Anglo American stalwart joined the group in 2001, and his positions have included global chief financial officer for Anglo Coal (as it was then known), and executive director of finance at Anglo American Platinum Limited in 2006.

He later stepped in as joint acting CEO. Mbazima was appointed as CEO of Scaw Metals in 2008 and, until recently, was the CEO of Anglo American Thermal Coal. 

“I thoroughly enjoyed my three years at the helm of Anglo American's Thermal Coal business, and am particularly proud of the contribution that we made to securing South Africa's electricity needs, through our successful collaboration with Eskom,” he says.

Mbazima brings a wealth of experience to Kumba, across a number of mining businesses, from copper and platinum to coal. 

He has intimate knowledge of the South African mining landscape and of Kumba’s key logistics partners, which will help him to build on the company’s success.

"Kumba is a South African success story and offers exceptional value. I look forward to continuing to drive the company's growth strategy for the benefit of all stakeholders including our shareholders, government, employees and the communities in which we operate. I want to continue this trend and make an impact by providing added value through passionate leadership and a perspective honed through my experience in Africa,” he says. 

Mbazima regards his latest appointment as one of the highlights of his 32-year mining career, which includes the privatisation of the mining industry in Zambia; negotiating Anglo American’s exit from Zambia; restructuring Anglo Coal following its substantial growth as a result of buying assets from Shell; negotiating and concluding the Anglo Platinum empowerment deals; commissioning the new Zibulo mine; and leading Thermal Coal to its highest profits ever.  

The family man has made great strides since his impoverished childhood in rural Zambia.

“You can achieve a lot with very little as long as you have the support of your family and the community,” he says.

Mbazima has been married to Lillian for 27 years and has three children in their 20s.

“I am most definitely married, and every single member of the family, including extended family, is very dear to me,” he says.  

Ed’s note: Read the full version of this article in upcoming edition of BBQ.

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