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.

Executive directors

Chris Griffith (56)

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

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University of Pretoria, B Eng, Hons (Mining Engineering)

Appointed to the Board: 2021, Executive Director

Chris Griffith was appointed CEO of Gold Fields on 1 April 2021.  Before this appointment, he was CEO of Anglo American Platinum between September 2012 and April 2020, and CEO of Kumba Iron Ore from 2008 to 2012.  Prior to that, he served as Anglo American Platinum’s Head of Joint Ventures.  He joined Anglo American Platinum in 1990 and held various management positions at two of it’s mines and Joint Ventures before being moved into the wider leadership team at Anglo American, including being part of Anglo American’s Global Management Committee from 2009 to 2020.

Paul A Schmidt (53)

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.

Non-executive directors

Cheryl A Carolus (62)

Non-executive Chairperson

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BA Law; Bachelor of Education, University of the Western Cape; Honorary Doctorate in Law, University of Cape Town

Appointed to the Board: Director 2009, Chairperson 2013
Experience and expertise: Governance and compliance, social development, training and development, people management

Ms Carolus has served on the boards of numerous listed companies, including De Beers and Investec. She is a Board member for many not-for-profit organisations, including the International Crisis Group, Soul City, World Wildlife Fund (South Africa and internationally), The British Museum (appointed by HM Queen Elizabeth), and is Chairperson of the SA Constitution Hill Education Trust.

In the past, Ms Carolus was Chairperson for South African Airways, the South African National Parks Board and has served on the boards of numerous public and private partnerships that address socio-economic challenges. Additionally, she served as South Africa’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom from 2001 to 2004.

Ms Carolus played a role in the liberation struggle of South Africa and the constitution-making process. 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.

Alhassan Andani (59)

Non-executive Director

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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 (52)

Non-executive director

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MA Economics, Cambridge University

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

Mr Bacchus is Chairman of independent merchant bank, Bacchus Capital Advisers. He has acted as the Global Head of Mining and Metals and Joint Head of European Investment Banking at Investment Bank Jefferies, and served as Global Head of Mining and Metals at Morgan Stanley. Prior to that, he was Head of Investment Banking, Industrials and Natural Resources at Citigroup in Australia.

Mr Bacchus has spent more than 25 years in investment and corporate banking with a focus on the global natural resources sector and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, England and Wales. He is also a Non-executive Director of UK-listed mining group Kenmare Resources, Australian-listed Galaxy Resources, and Chairman of Space for Giants, an African-focused conservation charity.

Terence P. Goodlace (61)

Non-executive Director

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Business Administration, University of Wales; BCom, University of South Africa; NHDip Witwatersrand Technikon

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

Mr Goodlace’s mining career commenced in 1977, and has spanned more than 40 years. He spent the majority of his career at Gengold which merged with Gold Fields of South Africa to form Gold Fields in 1998. He became COO in 2008. He has significant experience in leading underground and open-pit operations in South Africa, Australia, Ghana and Peru. He then spent three years as the CEO of Metorex and served on the Impala Platinum Board for two years as an independent Non-executive Director and four and a half years as CEO. He is currently an independent Non-executive Director of Kumba Iron Ore. In 2017 he was appointed onto the South African Mining Extraction Research, Development and Innovation steering committee, which has been set up by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research to advance new mining technologies.

Steven P. Reid (64)

Non-executive Director

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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.

Philisiwe Sibiya (44)

Non-executive Director

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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.

Yunus G.H. Suleman (64)

Non-executive Director

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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).