Cynthia Carroll

Independent non-executive director

Cynthia Carroll

Tenure: Appointed 6 June 2007

Board and committee activities:
Member of the chairman’s, SEEAC and nomination committees

Outside interests:
Non-executive director of Hitachi Ltd.

Age: 58

Nationality: American


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 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 the chief executive of Anglo American plc, the global mining group, operating in 45 countries with 150,000 employees, and was chairman of Anglo Platinum Limited and of De Beers s.a. She stepped down from these roles in April 2013.

Relevant experience and skills

Cynthia Carroll is an experienced former chief executive who has spent all of her career in the extractive industries, having trained as a petroleum geologist. Cynthia has been a leader in working to enhance safety in the mining industry. She has also made a strong contribution to the work of the SEEAC and notably to the nomination committee.