About Tony Trahar

Tony Trahar holds a BComm Degree and trained as a Chartered Accountant. He also holds a Doctor of Laws Degree (hon.causa) and was awarded the Knight Commander, Gold Cross with Star (1st Class) (Austria) for services to Austrian industry.

After serving as personal assistant to the Chairman of Anglo American in 1977, Tony developed a wide base of industrial experience as CFO and the Deputy Chairman of Anglo American's Industrial Corporation. He served as Chairman of Ford South Africa, AECI (a large chemicals and explosives group) Control Logic (an innovative electronics group), African Products (a starch and glucose producer), and Mondi Limited (now listed on the LSE and JSE as Mondi plc). He also gained wide experience as a director of companies in the iron, steel, engineering, motor retail distribution, electrical and electronics, forestry, saw milling, pulp, paper and packaging, and construction sectors. He was also a director of De Beers, the world's largest diamond producer, and was a director of Nedbank, a major South African commercial banking group.

During his 15 years’ service as CEO and then Chairman of Mondi, Tony grew the Group into one of Europe’s most successful pulp, paper and packaging groups, with current annual revenues of Euros 6 billion and EBITDA of Euros 900 million. Mondi is currently listed in the FTSE 100 Index on the London Stock Exchange.

In 2000 Tony was appointed CEO of Anglo American plc, one of the world’s largest mining companies, which holds a global spread of high quality mining assets and investments covering platinum, coal, diamonds, base metals and construction materials. At the time of Tony Trahar’s retirement, Anglo American had total revenues of US$33 billion, operating profits of US$ 10 billion and employed over 90,000 people.