Cynthia Carroll

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
Advisory board member of America Securities LLC

Age: 60

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 skills and experience

Cynthia Carroll is an experienced former chief executive who has spent all of her career in the extractive industries. 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 experience of leading large complex global businesses which require a high level of interaction with governments, the media and other stakeholders is an asset to both the board and the geopolitical committee.

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