Risking the ire of investors in pursuit of long-term value: An interview with Cynthia Carroll, the CEO of Anglo American plc

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Purpose ‐ The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how key strategic decisions are made in practice at successful FTSE 100 companies. Design/methodology/approach ‐ The paper is based on a semi-structured interview with Ms Cynthia Carroll, Chief Executive of Anglo American plc. Findings ‐ The interview outlines a number of important factors on: the evolution of strategy within Anglo American, strategy execution, leadership at board and executive levels, and capturing synergies within the company. Originality/value ‐ The paper bridges the gap between theory and practice. It provides a practical view and demonstrates how corporate leaders think about key strategic issues.

Keywords: Corporate governance; Leadership; Strategic change

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/17554251011092737

Publication date: October 26, 2010

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