Follow the leaders: This week’s executive appointments

Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including at Anglo American, AngloGold Ashanti, Greatland Gold and more.

Hilary Maxson will be joining the Anglo American board as a non-executive director and audit committee member, effective June 2021.

Maxson will replace Jim Rutherford, who is retiring as non-executive director by the end of the year.

Rutherford has been on a non-executive director at Anglo American since November 2013, and has also served on the audit, remuneration and sustainability committees.

“We are extremely grateful for the breadth of Jim Rutherford’s contribution over the last seven years,” Anglo American chairman Stuart Chambers said.

“Hilary Maxson brings a combination of experience that aligns well with our business; spanning finance, the capital markets, energy and technology, gained across her executive career in the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia.

“I look forward to welcoming (her) to Anglo American’s board.”


AngloGold Ashanti has made several changes to its company board ahead of the new year.

Chairperson of the remuneration and human resources committee Maria Ramos is stepping back for her role, however will remain a member of the committee and will move into the position of chair of the nominations committee.

Maria Richter will fill her spot as chair of the remuneration and human resources committee and will join Ramos’ nominations committee as member.

Joining Richter in the remuneration and human resources committee is Albert Garner, who has been appointed as member.

Neli Magubane is also shifting roles, transitioning from member of the investment committee to that of the audit and risk committee.


Greatland Gold is entering a new phase of leadership under Shaun Day, who will officially become chief executive of the company in February 2021.

Day will succeed Gervaise Heddle, who is leaving the company to pursue other interests, but will remain on the board and part of the executive team until March 12 2021 to ensure a smooth transition.

Day is a chartered account of 20-plus years and will be leaving his position as chief financial officer of Salt Lake Potash.

Prior to Salt Lake, Day spent five years as chief financial officer of Northern Star Resources, and prior to that he was chief financial officer of Sakari Resources.

He has led several successful business transactions including mergers and acquisitions of publicly listed companies, farm-in agreements and capital raisings.

Heddle said with the company’s Havieron gold project in Western Australia about to start construction, the natural time had come for him to hand over the running of the company to someone who could take it to the next level.

“It has been a privilege to serve as chief executive officer of Greatland. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues with whom I have had the pleasure of working,” Heddle said.

“It gives me great confidence to welcome (Day) as my successor. (He) brings the necessary large-scale mining pedigree and is highly respected in the industry with a track record of building major mining companies. He has my full support as the right person to take Greatland forward.”


St Barbara has welcomed Sarah Standish on board as its new company secretary.

She replaces Rowan Cole, who has been secretary of St Barbara since March 2014 and resigned with immediate effect.

Standish will be responsible for all communications from St Barbara to the ASX regarding listing rule matters.

Cole was thanked for his contribution to and support of the company during the past six years.


Garry Plowright is stepping down from his executive role with Fenix Resources to shift into a non-executive director role in January 2021.

Plowright has been recognised by the company board for his role in overseeing the development of Fenix’s flagship Iron Ridge iron ore project in Western Australia.

Fenix looks forward to Plowright’s continued input in his new role of non-executive director.

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