Independent non-executive director
Tenure: appointed 6 June 2007 Board and committee activities: Member of the safety, ethics and environment assurance, geopolitical and chairman's committees Outside interests: Chair of Vedanta Resources Holding Ltd Non-executive director of Hitachi Ltd Age: 59 Nationality: American
Cynthia began her career as a petroleum geologist with Amoco Production company in Denver, Colorado, after completing a masters degree in geology. In 1989 she joined Alcan (Aluminum Company of Canada) and ran a packaging company, led a global bauxite, alumina and speciality chemicals business and later was president and chief executive officer of the Primary Metal Group, responsible for operations in more than 20 countries. In 2007 she became chief executive of Anglo American plc, the global mining group, operating in 45 countries with 150,000 employees, and was chairman of De Beers s.a. and Anglo Platinum Limited. She stepped down from these roles in April 2013.
Relevant experience and skills
Cynthia Carroll has led multiple large complex global businesses in the extractive industries. This has required deep strategic and operational involvement. In leading these businesses a high level of interaction with governments, the media, special interest groups and other stakeholders has been needed. Cynthia is an experienced former chief executive who has spent all of her career in the extractive industries, having trained as a petroleum geologist. Her leadership experience related to enhancing safety in the mining industry brings a strong contribution to the work of the SEEAC, as does her understanding of business strategy in an industry with a long capital return cycle. Her international experience with governments is an asset to the geopolitical committee.