Ivan Glasenberg joined Glencore in April 1984 and has been CEO since January 2002. Mr Glasenberg initially spent three years working in the coal/coke commodity department in South Africa as a marketer, before spending two years in Australia as head of the Asian coal/coke commodity division.
Between 1988 and 1989, he was based in Hong Kong as manager and head of Glencore’s Hong Kong and Beijing offices, as well as head of coal marketing in Asia, where his responsibilities included overseeing Glencore’s Asian coal marketing business, and managing the administrative functions of the Hong Kong and Beijing offices.
In January 1990, he was made responsible for both marketing and industrial assets for Glencore’s worldwide coal business, and remained in this role until he became CEO in January 2002. Mr Glasenberg is a Chartered Accountant of South Africa and holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of Witwatersrand. He also holds an MBA from the University of Southern California. He is currently a director of Xstrata and UC RUSAL. Before joining Glencore, Mr Glasenberg worked for five years at Levitt Kirson Chartered Accountants in South Africa.