Robert Godsell


Bobby Godsell is a retired South African businessman and the former CEO of AngloGold Ashanti, a position he held from 1998 to 2007. He was the Non-Executive Chairman of Eskom from 2008 to 2009 and was appointed to the National Planning Commission of South Africa by South African President Jacob Zuma on 30 April 2010.

Mr Godsell completed a Master of Arts degree at the University of Cape Town, followed by a bachelors degree at the University of Natal. He became an executive director of Anglo American in 1991. He served at the South African Chamber of Mines, first as a vice-president and later as its president. He was also chairman of the World Gold Council from 2001 to 2002.

He was appointed CEO of the gold and uranium division of Anglo American in July 1995 and CEO of AngloGold in April 1998. As CEO, he oversaw, alongside Sam E. Jonah, the merger of AngloGold and the Ashanti Goldfields Corporation, announced on 16 May 2003 and completed on 26 April 2004, to form AngloGold Ashanti.

He returned from retirement in 2008, when he became the non-executive chairman of Eskom but resigned from the position in 2009. He remains a non-executive director of the Anglo American Corp., a position he has held since 1991. He is also the chairman of Business Leadership South Africa.