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Our Leadership

Cheryl A Carolus (57) Chair

Cheryl A Carolus (57)
Chair

BA Law; Bachelor of Education, University of the Western Cape

Ms Carolus was appointed a director of Gold Fields on 10 March 2009 and was appointed as the Chair on 14 February 2013. She is Executive Chair of Peotona Group Holdings. She is a director of a number of other public and private companies, including Investec and De Beers, and she also serves pro bono on non-profit organisations, including the World Wildlife Fund and The British Museum. She served as South Africa’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom from 2001 to 2004, Chairperson of the South African National Parks board for six years and Chairperson of South African Airways from 2009 to 2012. She was awarded an honorary doctorate in law from the University of Cape Town for her contribution to freedom and human rights. In 2014, she was awarded the French National Order of Merit by the Government of France.

Richard P Menell (60) Deputy Chair

Richard P Menell (60)
Deputy Chair

BA (Hons), MA (Natural Sciences Geology), Cambridge; MSc (Mineral Exploration and Management), Stanford University, California

Mr Menell was appointed a director of Gold Fields on 8 October 2008 and was appointed as Deputy Chair on 19 August 2015. He became a non-executive director of Sibanye Gold on 1 January 2013. Mr Menell has over 37 years’ experience in the mining industry, including service as President of the Chamber of Mines of South Africa, President and CEO of Teal Exploration & Mining, as well as executive Chair of Anglovaal Mining and Avgold. He is a director of Weir Group Plc and Rockwell Diamonds Inc, as well as Senior Adviser to Credit Suisse. He also serves as a director of a number of unlisted companies and non-profit organisations.

Nicholas J Holland (58) Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Nicholas J Holland (58)
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

BCom, BAcc, University of the Witwatersrand; CA(SA)

Mr Holland was appointed an executive director of Gold Fields in 1997 and became CEO on 1 May 2008. Prior to that, he was the Company’s CFO. Mr Holland has more than 36 years’ experience in financial management, of which 26 years were in the mining industry. Prior to joining Gold Fields, he was Financial Director and Senior Manager of Corporate Finance at Gencor

Paul A Schmidt (49) Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Paul A Schmidt (49)
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

BCom, University of the Witwatersrand; BCompt (Hons), Unisa; CA(SA)

Mr Schmidt was appointed CFO on 1 January 2009 and joined the Board on 6 November 2009. Prior to this, he held the positions of acting CFO from 1 May 2008 and Financial Controller from 1 April 2003. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the mining industry

Alhassan Andani (55)

Alhassan Andani (55)
BSc in Agriculture, University of Ghana, Master’s Degree in Banking and Finance, Finafrica Institute in Italy.

Mr Andani was appointed a non-executive director of Gold Fields with effect from 1 August 2016. He is currently Chief Executive and Executive Director of Stanbic Bank Ghana. He is also currently the Board Chairman of the Ghana CSIR (Council for Scientific & Industrial Research) and a director of SOS Villages Ghana and has held other corporate directorships in the past.

Peter Bacchus (47)

Peter Bacchus (47)
Masters degree in Economics, Cambridge University, United Kingdom

Mr Bacchus was appointed as an independent non-executive director of Gold Fields on 1 September 2016. Mr Bacchus is the Global Head of Mining & Metals and Joint Head of European Investment Banking at investment bank Jefferies, based in London. Prior to this position he was Global Head of Mining & Metals at Morgan Stanley and before then Head of Investment Banking, Industrials and Natural Resources at Citigroup. Mr Bacchus has over 20 years’ experience in investment and corporate banking with a focus on the global natural resources sector. He is also a non-executive director of UK-listed mining group NordGold and a trustee of Space for Giants, an African-focused conservation charity.

Terence P Goodlace (57)

Terence P Goodlace (57)
Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Wales; BComm, University of South Africa; National Diploma in Metalliferous Mining, Witwatersrand Technikon School of Mines.

Mr Goodlace was appointed as an independent non-executive director of Gold Fields on 1 July 2016. He has extensive mining experience and is currently Chief Executive Officer and member of the Impala Platinum Holdings Limited Board, a position he has held since 2012. Prior to this he held the position of Chief Executive Officer at Metorex Limited for three years until 2012. He held the position of group Chief Operating Officer at Gold Fields Limited where he worked for 27 years in various capacities until October 2008. He is a non-executive director of Zimplats Holdings Limited and also serves as a council member of the Chamber of Mines of South Africa.

Donald MJ Ncube (68)

Donald MJ Ncube (68)
BA (Economics) and Political Science, Fort Hare University; Postgraduate Diploma in Labour Relations, Strathclyde University, Scotland; Graduate MSc (Manpower Studies), University of Manchester; Diploma in Financial Management; Honorary Doctorate in Commerce, University of the Transkei

Mr Ncube was appointed a director of Gold Fields on 15 February 2006. Previously, he was an alternate director of Anglo American Industrial Corporation and Anglo American Corporation, a director of AngloGold Ashanti as well as nonexecutive Chair of South African Airways. He is currently executive Chair of Badimo Gas and Managing Director of Vula Mining Supplies.

Steven Reid (60)

Gayle M Wilson Steven Reid (60)
BSc, Mineral Engineering, South Australian Institute of Technology, Trium Global Executive MBA.

Mr Reid was appointed as a director of Gold Fields on 1 February 2016. He has over 35 yearsí international business experience and has held senior leadership roles in numerous countries. He has served as a director of Silver Standard Resources since January 2013 and a director of Eldorado Gold since May 2013. He served as Chief Operating Officer of Goldcorp from January 2007 until his retirement in September 2012, and was the company's Executive Vice President, Canada and USA. Before joining Goldcorp, Mr Reid spent 13 years at Placer Dome in numerous corporate, mine management and operating roles, including country manager for their Canadian operations. He also held leadership positions at Kingsgate Consolidated and Newcrest Mining, where he was responsible for running the Asian and Australian operations.

Yunus Suleman (59)

Yunus Suleman (59)
BComm degree, University of KwaZulu Natal; Honors BCompt, University of South Africa.

Mr Suleman was appointed as an independent non-executive director of Gold Fields on 1 September 2016. He is also an independent non-executive director of Liberty Holdings, Tiger Brands, Enactus SA, Albaraka Bank and is the Global Treasurer of the World Memon Organisation. He was previously Chair of KPMG Africa.

Gayle M Wilson (71)

Gayle M Wilson Gayle M Wilson (71)
BCom; BCompt (Hons); CA(SA)

Ms Wilson was appointed a director on 1 August 2008. She was previously an audit partner at Ernst & Young for 16 years, where her main focus was on listed gold and platinum mining clients. She was lead partner on the global audit of AngloGold Ashanti and other mining clients during her career included Northam Platinum, Aquarius Platinum, Avmin (now African Rainbow Minerals) and certain Anglo Platinum operations.

Nicholas J Holland (58) Executive director

Nicholas J Holland (58)
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

BCom, BAcc, University of the Witwatersrand; CA(SA)

Mr Holland was appointed an executive director of Gold Fields in 1997 and became CEO on 1 May 2008. Prior to that he was the Company’s CFO. Mr Holland has more than 34 years’ experience in financial management, of which 24 years were in the mining industry. Prior to joining Gold Fields, he was Financial Director and Senior Manager of Corporate Finance at Gencor.

Paul A Schmidt (49) Executive director

Paul A Schmidt (49)
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

BCom, University of the Witwatersrand; BCompt (Hons), Unisa; CA(SA)

Mr Schmidt was appointed CFO on 1 January 2009 and joined the Board on 6 November 2009. Prior to this, he held the positions of acting CFO from 1 May 2008 and Financial Controller from 1 April 2003. He has more than 17 years’ experience in the mining industry.

Alfred Baku (50)

Alfred Baku (46) Alfred Baku (50)
Executive Vice President: Head of West Africa Region
MSc (Mining Engineering), University of Mines and Technology: Statutory Mine Manager certificate, Ghana Mines Department of the Minerals Commission; Executive Education, University of Virginia, Darden School of Business, USA and member of the Australian Institute of Mining Metallurgy (AusIMM).

Mr Baku was appointed Executive Vice President and Head of Gold Fields West Africa Region in March 2014. Prior to this he was the Vice President Operations for Gold Fields Ghana. Mr Baku joined Gold Fields in 2002 as the Mining Manager for the Damang Mine in Ghana. Over the 11 year period with Gold Fields he has worked in various capacities across the Group’s operations including the Strategic Mine Planner and the Relieving Mine Manager at the St Ives and Agnew mines respectively in Australia. In 2008 he became the first Ghanaian to be appointed General Manager of the Damang Mine and subsequently the Tarkwa Mine.

Richard Butcher (53)

Gayle M Wilson Richard Butcher (53)
Executive Vice President: Mining Exellence

MSc (Eng) Mining Engineering, CEng (UK) and a FAusIMM in Australia

Mr Butcher was appointed Executive Vice President in 1 February 2016. He has 30 years’ experience in the global gold mining industry, having worked as Head of Technical Services at Australia’s MMG, a subsidiary of the Chinese CMC/CMN Corporation. In this position he oversaw all technical functions, long-term planning and closure for MMG’s operations in Australasia, Africa and South America. Prior to this Mr Butcher also held positions with Gencor, Anglo American and Barrick.

Naseem A Chohan (55)

Naseem A Chohan (55)
Executive Vice President: Sustainable Development
BEng (Elec), University of Limerick, Ireland

Mr Chohan joined Gold Fields in September 2010 as Executive Vice President: Sustainable Development. Mr Chohan is a qualified Electronics Engineer and spent 25 years with De Beers during which he led the development of sustainability principles for the Company. He left De Beers in 2009 when he was Group Consultant, Sustainability and ECOHS (Environment, Community, Occupational Health and Hygiene, and Safety), to start his own mining consultancy.

Taryn Harmse (44)

Taryn Harmse Taryn Harmse (44)
Executive Vice-President: General Counsel
BCom LLB, University of Johannesburg, Advances Corporate Law I & II Certificate, University of the Witwatersrand

Ms Harmse was appointed as Executive Vice President, General Counsel on 1 May 2014 after previously serving as Company Secretary, a position she took up on 1 August 2013. She joined Gold Fields in 2004 as part of the global legal team focusing on exploration and international operations. She was previously Vice President: Group Legal before being promoted to Assistant General Counsel in June 2013. Prior to joining Gold Fields she worked as an Associate with Linklaters LLP in London having completed her articles at Hofmeyr Herbstein Gihwala (now DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr). She was admitted as an attorney to the High Court of South Africa in 2000.

Stuart J Mathews (56)

Stuart J Mathews (56)
Executive Vice-President: Australasia Region
MSc (Geology)

Mr Mathews was appointed Executive Vice President: Australasia Region on 1 February 2017. He joined Gold Fields in mid-2013 initially at St Ives, then General Manager at Granny Smith Mine and has been Vice President Operations: Australia since November 2014.

Brett Mattison (38)

Brett Mattison Brett Mattison (38)
Executive Vice President: Strategy, Planning and Corporate Development
BCom (Hons), LLB, University of Stellenbosch; LLM, Higher Tax Diploma, University of Johannesburg; Executive MBA (PLD), Harvard Business School;

Mr Mattison was appointed Executive Vice President: Strategy, Planning and Corporate Development in March 2014. He joined Gold Fields in 2001 as part of the global legal team and subsequently spent 6 years in the Corporate Development department where he was involved in several material growth transactions for the Group. In 2010, he was appointed Country Manager of the Philippines tasked with setting up Gold Fields’ activities in the country before relocating back to South Africa in 2013.

Lucy M M Mokoka (45) Company secretary

Lucy Mokoka Lucy M M Mokoka (45)
Company Secretary

BJuris, University of Durban-Westville and LLB degree, University of Pretoria

Ms Mokoka was appointed as Company Secretary on 16 September 2014. Prior to joining Gold Fields she held the position of General Manager: Company Secretary at MTN South Africa. Ms Mokoka is an admitted attorney and has held various roles as a Company Secretary and Legal Advisor. Her career includes roles as Company Secretary for Ithala Limited, Tongaat-Hulett and Standard Bank. She has also acted as legal advisor to the South African Revenue Service and the State Attorney’s office.

Nico Muller (50)

Nico Muller (50)
Executive Vice President: South Africa
BSC Mining Engineering, University of Pretoria

Mr Muller joined Gold Fields as Executive Vice President: South Africa on 1 October 2014. Prior to Gold Fields he was with Royal Bafokeng Platinum where he held the position of Chief Operating Officer since January 2009. He has extensive technical Mechanised Mining experience, obtained from various positions in the mining industry while employed at De Beers, Avgold and Two Rivers Platinum.

Avishkar Nagaser (33)

Jan W Jacobsz Avishkar Nagaser (33)
Executive Vice President: Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs
BSc Finance and Economics, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Mr Nagaser joined Gold Fields as Executive Vice President: Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs in January 2015. Prior to Gold Fields he was with Merrill Lynch and Macquarie where he held the position of gold and platinum equity research analyst.

Luis A Rivera (51)

Luis Rivera

Luis A Rivera (51)
Executive Vice President: Americas Region
MBA at University of Madrid, Post-Graduate Degree in Environmental Mining Legislation, University of Tucuman, Argentina; Geological Engineer at San Marcos Major State University, Peru; Engineer License at Peruvian College of Engineer; Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

Mr Rivera was appointed Executive Vice President: Americas Region, as from 1 October 2016. He has 21 years experience in mining operations and projects. He joins Gold Fields from MMG, where he was the General Director of Operations and ran the Las Bambas operation in Peru, a US$10 billion copper-gold project. One of the key accomplishments in his career was taking the Antapaccay project in Southern Peru from exploration stage through to operation in 2012, as well as his engineering leadership of the Minera Alumbrera mine in Argentina, which he took from construction to a steady and efficient operation.

Lee-Ann Samuel (39)

Lee-Ann Samuel (39)
Executive Vice President: People and Organisational Effectiveness
BA Psychology, Political Science (Hons), University of Johannesburg; Global Remuneration Practitioner

Ms Samuel was appointed Executive Vice President: People and Organisational Effectiveness, in March 2014. She was previously Vice-President, Group Remuneration and Group Benefits. She joined Gold Fields in 2009 and has 14 years’ HR experience in the mining, financial services and telecommunications sector.

Richard M Weston (65)

Richard M Weston (65)
Executive Vice-President: Australasia Region
FAIMM; CPEng IEA; MSc (Mining Geomechanics), University of NSW; GDM; UCQ; BE (Civil), Sydney University

Mr Weston was appointed Executive Vice-President: Australasia Region, on 1 May 2010. He was formerly Senior Vice-President, Operations, for Coeur d’Alene Mines Corporation, a gold and silver mining company based in Idaho, US. Before joining Coeur, he oversaw the development of Barrick Australia’s Cowal gold project and, prior to that, Rio Tinto Australia’s ERA Ranger and Jabiluka uranium mines.
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