Board of directors and executive management
Mr M Cutifani (52) (Australian), BE (Min. Eng)
Chief executive officer
Mark Cutifani was appointed to the board of AngloGold Ashanti on 17 September 2007 and as chief executive officer on 1 October 2007. He is chairman of the Executive Committee and a member of the Transformation and Human Resources Development, Safety, Health and Sustainable Development, Investment, Party Political Donations, Risk and Information Integrity committees. He attends Audit and Corporate Governance Committee meetings as an invitee.
Mark has considerable experience across several mining sectors and operating jurisdictions, having worked extensively in the gold, coal and base metals industries since 1976 in the Americas, Africa, Australia and the Asia Pacific regions. Prior to joining AngloGold Ashanti, he held the position of chief operating officer at CVRD Inco, a Toronto-based company, where he was responsible for Inco's global nickel business. He is currently Vice-President of the South African Chamber of Mines.
Mr S Venkatakrishnan (Venkat) (45) (British), BCom, ACA (ICAI)
Chief financial officer
Venkat joined AngloGold Ashanti on 1 July 2004 from Ashanti Goldfields Company Limited (Ashanti) where he was Chief Financial Officer until that company's merger with AngloGold Limited in May 2004. He was appointed to the board on 1 August 2005, is a member of the Executive, Investment and Risk and Information Integrity committees and is invited to attend meetings of the Audit and Corporate Governance Committee.
Venkat has extensive financial experience, having been a director in the reorganisation services division of Deloitte & Touche in London prior to joining Ashanti in 2000.
Mr TT Mboweni (51) (South African), BA, MA, (Development Economics)
Chairman and independent non-executive
Tito Mboweni was appointed to the board and as chairman of AngloGold Ashanti on 1 June 2010. Mr Mboweni has a long and outstanding record of public service. As Labour Minister from 1994 to 1998, he was the architect of South Africa’s postapartheid labour legislation which today continues to provide the basis for the mutually respectful labour relationships central to AngloGold Ashanti’s operational approach in South Africa. The past ten years have cemented his reputation as one of the world’s foremost and highly respected Central Bank governors. He is chairman of the Nominations Committee and is a member of the Investment, Financial Analysis and Party Political Donations committees.
Dr TJ Motlatsi (59) (South African), Hon DSoc Sc (Lesotho)
Deputy chairman and independent non-executive
James Motlatsi was appointed to the board of AngloGold Ashanti on 1 April 1998 and deputy chairman on 1 May 2002.
He is chairman of the Transformation and Human Resources Development and the Party Political Donations committees and a member of the Safety, Health and Sustainable Development, Nominations and Remuneration committees.
James has substantial experience in and knowledge of the mining industry in general and of South Africa in particular. His association with the industry in South Africa spans more than 30 years in various positions including that of past president of the National Union of Mineworkers. He is the executive chairman of TEBA Limited, a service organisation primarily responsible for the recruitment of mineworkers for the South African mining industry.
James retired from the board on 17 February 2011.
Mr FB Arisman (66) (American), MSc (Finance)
Frank Arisman joined the board of AngloGold Ashanti on 1 April 1998. He serves on six board committees: Audit and Corporate Governance, Safety, Health and Sustainable Development, Nominations, Remuneration, Risk and Information Integrity committees and chairs the Investment and the Financial Analysis committees.
Frank, who resides in the USA, has a rich background in management and finance through his experiences at JP Morgan where he held various positions prior to his retirement.
Mr R Gasant (51) (South African), CA (SA), ACIMA
Rhidwaan Gasant was appointed to the board of AngloGold Ashanti on 12 August 2010 and is chairman of the Risk and Information Integrity Committee, as well as a member of the Audit and Corporate Governance, Nominations and Financial Analysis Committees. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of Energy Africa Limited and a former finance director of Engen Ltd and sits on the board of South African and international non-public companies in the MTN Group.
Mr F Ohene-Kena (74) (Ghanaian), MSc Engineering, DIC, ACSM
Ferdinand (Fred) Ohene-Kena was appointed to the board of AngloGold Ashanti on 1 June 2010. He is the former Ghanaian Minister of Mines and Energy and is currently a member of the Ghana Judicial Council. He is the Chairman of the Ghana Minerals Commission and is a member of the President’s Economic Advisory Council. Mr Ohene-Kena is a member of the Safety, Health and Sustainable Development, Transformation and Human Resources Development and Nominations Committees.
Mr WA Nairn (66) (South African), BSc (Mining Engineering)
Bill Nairn has been a member of the board of AngloGold Ashanti since 1 January 2000 and chairs the Safety, Health and Sustainable Development Committee. He is a member of five other committees: Transformation and Human Resources Development, Investment, Party Political Donations, Nominations and Risk and Information Integrity committees. Bill, a mining engineer, has considerable technical experience, having been the group technical director of Anglo American plc until 2004 when he retired from the company.
Prof LW Nkuhlu (66) (South African), BCom, CA (SA), MBA (New York University)
Wiseman Nkuhlu was appointed to the board on 4 August 2006. He has been the chairman of the Audit and Corporate Governance Committee since 5 May 2007, having served as deputy chairman of the committee from 4 August 2006. He also serves as a member of the Nominations, Party Political Donations, Remuneration, Safety, Health and Sustainable Development and Risk and Information Integrity, and the Financial Analysis committees.
Wiseman, a respected South African academic, educationist, professional and business leader, served as Economic Adviser to the former President of South Africa, Mr Thabo Mbeki, and as Chief Executive of the Secretariat of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) from 2000 to 2005. From 1989 to 2000, he served as a director on a number of major South African companies, including Standard Bank, South African Breweries, Old Mutual, Tongaat Hulett, BMW and JCI. Wiseman was President of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants from 1998 to 2000 and Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Transkei from 1987 to 1991. He is also a member of the board of Datatec Limited. He was elected President of the Geneva based International Organisation of Employers (IOE) in May 2008 for a period of two years. He is a member of the Financial Crisis Advisory Group of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB).
Mr SM Pityana (51) (South African), BA (Hons) (Essex), MSc (London), Dtech (Honoris) (Vaal University of Technology)
Sipho Pityana joined the board of AngloGold Ashanti on 13 February 2007 and assumed the chairmanship of the Remuneration Committee on 1 August 2008. He is a member of the Safety, Health and Sustainable Development, Party Political Donations, Investment, Nominations, Transformation and Human Resources Development, Risk and Information Integrity and the Financial Analysis committees. Sipho has extensive experience in management and finance, and has occupied strategic roles in both the public and private sectors, including that of Director General of the national departments of both labour and foreign affairs. He was formerly a senior executive of Nedbank Limited and is currently the executive chairman of Izingwe Holdings (Proprietary) Limited, a local empowerment group and a significant investor in mining, engineering, infrastructure and logistics, and AngloGold Ashanti’s BEE partner. He serves as a non-executive director on the boards of several other South African companies.
In addition to Mr M Cutifani and Mr S Venkatakrishnan, the two executive directors, the following make up the Executive Committee:
Dr CE Carter (48), BA (Hons), DPhil, EDP
Executive Vice President – Business Strategy and Organisational Effectiveness
Charles Carter has worked in the mining industry in South Africa and the US since 1991, in a range of corporate roles with Anglo American Corporation, RFC Corporate Finance and AngloGold Ashanti. He was appointed Executive Vice President – Business Strategy in December 2007 and is responsible for corporate strategy and business planning, risk management and investor relations. In late 2009, he assumed additional responsibility for the group’s Human Resources function, and now also has oversight of Project ONE’s ongoing implementation and integration into the business.
Mr RN Duffy (47), BCom, MBA
Executive Vice President – Continental Africa
Richard Duffy joined Anglo American in 1987 and in 1998 was appointed executive officer and managing secretary of AngloGold. In November 2000, he was appointed head of business planning and in 2004 assumed responsibility for all new business opportunities globally. In April 2005, this role was expanded to include Greenfield exploration. He was appointed to the Executive Committee in August 2005. Richard was appointed as Executive Vice President – Continental Africa in July 2008.
Mr GJ Ehm (54), BSc Hons, MAusIMM, MAICD
Executive Vice President – Australasia
Graham Ehm has, since 1979, gained diverse experience in mine operations and project management, covering the nickel, phosphate, copper, uranium and gold sectors. He was appointed General Manager Sunrise Dam Gold Mine in 2000, Regional Head – Australia in 2006 and Executive Vice President – Australasia in December 2007. He assumed the role of Executive Vice President – Tanzania on 1 June 2009 where he led a successful implementation of a turnaround strategy for the Geita mine. In August 2010 he resumed the position of Executive Vice President – Australasia.
Mr RW Largent (50), BSc (Min. Eng), MBA
Executive Vice President – Americas
Ron Largent has been with AngloGold Ashanti since 1994. He has served on the board of directors for the Colorado Mining Association, California Mining Association and Nevada Mining Association. In 2001, he was appointed general manager of the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine and took up his current role as Executive Vice President – Americas in December 2007.
Mr RL Lazare (54), BA, HED, DPLR, SMP
Executive Vice President – South Africa
Robbie Lazare joined Anglo American Gold and Uranium Division in 1982, working in a variety of management posts until 1999 when he was appointed general manager of TauTona. In December 2004, he was appointed an executive officer with responsibility for South African operations and in July 2008, Executive Vice President – Human Resources. From 17 November 2009, Robbie was assigned to lead a strategy review of the South African operations and is now responsible for the South Africa region as Executive Vice President – South Africa Region.
Mr AM O'Neill (53), BSc (Mining Engineering), MBA
Executive Vice President – Business and Technical Development
Tony O’Neill joined AngloGold Ashanti in July 2008 as Executive Vice President – Business and Technical Development, having consulted to the company prior to this on its asset portfolio strategy. His extensive career in mining since 1978 included the roles of executive – operations at Newcrest Mining Limited and executive general manager for gold at Western Mining Corporation.
Mr TML Setiloane (51), FAE, BSc (Mech Eng)
Executive Vice President – Business Sustainability
Thero Setiloane joined AngloGold in May 2003 from Real Africa Holdings, where he had been an executive director. He was appointed an executive officer and a member of AngloGold Ashanti's Executive Committee in February 2006 and as Executive Vice President – Sustainability in December 2007.
Ms YZ Simelane (45), BA LLB, MAP, EXMPM
Senior Vice President – Corporate Affairs
Yedwa Simelane joined AngloGold in November 2000 from the Mineworkers' Provident Fund where she was the senior manager of the Fund. She was appointed an executive officer in May 2004 and Vice President – Government Relations in July 2008. In November 2009, she was appointed Senior Vice President – Corporate Affairs.
Ms L Eatwell (56), FCIS, FCIBM
Lynda Eatwell joined AngloGold in 2000 as assistant company secretary and was appointed company secretary in December 2006. She is responsible for ensuring compliance with statutory and corporate governance requirements and the regulations of the stock exchanges on which AngloGold Ashanti is listed. She also advises members of the board on their duties and responsibilities as directors.