THIS IS GOLD FIELDS Executive directors


Our vision is to be the global leader in sustainable gold mining.

As the executive organ of Gold Fields Limited the Board and Executive committee is committed to serving the interests of the entire enterprise and achieving a sustained increase in corporate value.

The most important tasks of the Board are defining corporate strategy, setting the budget and allocating corporate resources. It publishes quarterly reports and annual financial statements for Gold Fields Limited and makes key staff appointments.

The Board also ensures that the Executive committee receives regular, timely and comprehensive information on all matters relating to Gold Fields Limited's planning, business development and risk management.

Members of the Board are appointed for a maximum term of five years and are eligible for reappointment after the completion of their term in office.

Non-executive directors

Yunus G.H. Suleman (66)

Non-executive Chairperson

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BCom, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal; BCompt (Hons), University of South Africa, CA (SA)

Appointed to the Board: 2016
Experience and expertise: Auditing, financial accounting and governance

Mr Suleman serves as an independent Non-executive Director of Liberty Holdings Limited, Liberty Group Limited, Tiger Brands Limited and Albaraka Bank Limited, and is the Global Treasurer of the World Memon Organisation. He was previously Chair of KPMG South Africa (resigned February 2015).

Steven P. Reid (67)

Lead Independent Director
Chair: Remuneration Committee

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Bachelor of Applied Science in Mineral Engineering (Mining), South Australian Institute of Technology; MBA, Trium Global Executive NYU/LSE/HEC; Directors' Education Program, Institute of Corporate Directors

Appointed to the Board: 2016
Experience and expertise: Mining engineering, risk management, compensation management

Mr Reid has 41 years of international mining experience and has held senior leadership roles in numerous countries. He has served as a director of SSR Mining 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 prior to that was the Company's Executive Vice-President in Canada and the USA. Before joining Goldcorp, Mr Reid spent 13 years at Placer Dome in numerous corporate, mine management and operating roles. He also held leadership positions at Kingsgate Consolidated and Newcrest Mining, where he was responsible for the Asian and Australian operations.

Alhassan Andani (63)

Non-executive Director
Chair: Capital Projects, Control and Review Committee

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BSc Agriculture, University of Ghana; MA Banking and Finance, Finafrica Institute, Italy

Appointed to the Board: 2016
Experience and expertise: Investment banking, financing

Mr Andani is currently Chief Executive and Executive Director of Stanbic Bank Ghana; the Board Chairman of the Ghana CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) and a director of SOS Villages Ghana and has held other corporate directorships in the past.

Peter J. Bacchus (54)

Non-executive Director
Chair: Risk Committee; Ad-hoc Investment Committee

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MA Economics, Cambridge University

Appointed to the Board: 2016
Experience and expertise: Investment banking, financing, mergers and acquisitions

Mr Bacchus was appointed a director of Gold Fields on 1 September 2016. He is chairman of the independent merchant bank, Bacchus Capital. Previously, he was global head of mining & metals as well as head of European investment banking at investment bank Jefferies, a position he held until 2016. Prior to that he was head of mining & metals at Morgan Stanley and head of investment banking, industrials and natural resources at Citigroup in Australia.

Mr Bacchus has more than 25 years’ experience in investment banking, with a focus on the global natural resources sector. He is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, England and Wales. Mr Bacchus is a non-executive director of Trident Royalties, Chairperson of 308 Services and Green14, and a director of Space for Giants, an African-focused conservation charity. He has previously served as non-executive director of Kenmare Resources, Australian-listed Galaxy Resources and UK-listed mining group NordGold.

Maria Cristina Bitar (54)

Non-executive Director

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BA Economics, Dartmouth College; MBA Universidad de Chile and Tulane University

Appointed to the Board: 2022
Experience and expertise: Mining, communication, governance, stakeholder relations

Ms Bitar is President of Azerta, one of Chile's leading strategic communications and public affairs agencies, which also operates in Peru. She has 25 years of experience working as a consultant, specialising in public affairs, crisis management, communications and sustainability. She has more than 12 years of board experience in public and private companies both in Chile and abroad, including with leading gold miners Goldcorp and Newmont

Terence P. Goodlace (64)

Non-executive Director
Chair: Safety, Health and Sustainable Development Committee

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MBA (Business Administration), University of Wales; BComm, University of South Africa; NHDip (Metalliferous Mining), Witwatersrand Technikon

Appointed to the Board: 2016
Experience: Mining; capital projects, commercial and operational management, risk management, energy management, mineral resource management

Mr Goodlace was appointed as non-executive director of Gold Fields on 1 July 2016. His mining career commenced in 1977, spanning more than 42 years working with different organisations. He had previously served as Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer for Gold Fields. He went on to subsequently serve as CEO at Impala Platinum and Metorex. He served on the Impala Platinum board for two years as an independent non-executive director and 4.5 years as an executive director. He spent three years as executive director of Metorex. Since June 2021, Mr Goodlace has been non-executive Chairperson at Kumba Iron Ore. He is also non-executive director at Andrada Mining.


Non-executive Director
Chair: Social, Ethics and Transformation Committee

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BSC Metallurgy, Adelaide University; MBA La Trobe University; Honorary Doctorate, Adelaide University

Appointed to the Board: 2021
Experience and expertise: Mining, management, governance, diversity

Ms McGill was appointed as a director of Gold Fields on 22 November 2021. She has more than 30 years of operational leadership experience in the mining and resource sectors. During her executive career she has delivered turnarounds of complex, capital intensive businesses. Ms McGill held chief executive level roles within BHP for both BHP Mitsui Coal and Olympic Dam Corporation. She is an experienced company director, currently serving on the boards of New Hope Group and 29 Metals, both listed in Australia. She was awarded the Order Of Australia for her work in the resource sector and her leadership on inclusion and diversity.

Philisiwe Sibiya (46)

Non-executive Director
Chair: Audit Committee

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BCom (Hons), University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN); CA(SA)

Appointed to the Board: 2021
Experience and expertise: Executive management, finance, telecommunications

Ms Sibiya, a seasoned business executive, has nearly 20 years of management experience across Africa. After holding various senior financial roles, including Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at MTN South Africa, she successfully transitioned into the role of CEO for MTN Cameroon – the first female appointed into a CEO position within the MTN Group. She is the founder and CEO of Shingai Group, and a non-executive board member of JSE-listed AECI Limited, Investec PLC and Investec Ltd.


Non-executive Director

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B.Compt and CTA, University of the Free State; Higher Diploma in Tax Law, University of the Witwatersrand

Appointed to the Board: 2023
Experience and expertise: Accounting and auditing, mergers and acquisitions, management

Mr Smit was appointed as director of Gold Fields on 1 June 2023. He spent 35 years in the audit profession with KPMG and has extensive experience in audit, tax and advisory with a strong focus on the mining sector across Africa, South America, and Australia. Mr Smit was KPMG's lead partner on the Gold Fields audit from 2010 to 2017. He retired from KPMG in 2019 and has since been working as an independent consultant.

Executive directors

Martin Preece (59)

Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

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B Tech in Mining, Witwatersrand Technicon, South Africa; Executive Development Programme, Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS); Accelerated Development Programme, London Business School.

Appointed to the Board: 2023, Executive Director

Martin is currently the Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Gold Fields Group, a position he has held since 1 January 2023. He joined Gold Fields as Executive Vice President: South Africa in May 2017, leading the successful ramp up of the South Deep mine since then. Prior to joining Gold Fields, he was Chief Operating Officer at De Beers South Africa. Martin has 37 years of mining experience, starting his career as a learner miner and holding a number of operational and technical roles before taking up mine manager positions at various operations across De Beers. After moving to Group level at De Beers, he held positions as mine strategist and business development manager before being appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2011.

Paul A Schmidt (56)

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

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

Appointed to the Board: 2009
Experience and expertise: Finance, mining, management

Prior to his appointment as CFO of Gold Fields, Mr Schmidt held the positions of acting CFO from May 2008 and Financial Controller from April 2003. He has more than 22 years' experience in the mining industry.