Meet Cynthia Carroll, Chief Executive of Anglo American plc

Mining for the FuturePotrait of Cynthia Carroll

Thursday 17 November 2011, 18:00-20:30

Mining is an industry that is often misunderstood, yet plays a pivotal role in fostering economic growth.  Cynthia Carroll will speak about how the industry is addressing its many challenges.

Event Details

Cynthia Carroll's address will be held at:

Street Cafe, S Block
University of the West of England
Frenchay Campus
Coldharbour Lane
BS16 1QY


Cynthia Carroll has been Chief Executive of Anglo American plc since March 2007.  The company is a leader in the global mining industry, ranking in the top 20 companies on the London Stock Exchange’s FTSE 100 Index.  Anglo American’s portfolio of mining businesses spans precious metals and minerals – in which it is a global leader in both platinum and diamonds: base metals – copper and nickel; and bulk commodities – iron ore, metallurgical coal and thermal coal.  The company’s mining operations and extensive pipeline of growth projects are located in southern Africa, South America, Australia, North America and Asia.

Cynthia has a Master of Science in Geology from the University of Kansas and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.  Her career began with Amoco as a petroleum geologist.  In 1989, Cynthia joined Alcan Inc where she spent 18 years.  Under Cynthia’s leadership, the Primary Metal Group became Alcan’s biggest and most profitable division.

Cynthia is a former director of Sara Lee Corporation.  She is a non‑executive director of BP plc, and is a member of BP’s Safety, Ethics and Environmental Assurance Committee of the Board.  She is also the Chairman of Anglo American Platinum Limited and a non-executive director of De Beers.  Cynthia is Chairman of the NSPCC Stop Organised Abuse Board and is a Fellow of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.  She is on the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Advanced Study and is also a member of the American Society of Corporate Executives.

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