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Patrice Motsepe (52)

Executive Chairman

BA (Legal), LLB

Patrice Motsepe

Appointed to the Board in 2003. Patrice Motsepe became Executive Chairman in 2004. Prior to this, he was a partner in one of the largest law firms in South Africa, Bowman Gilfillan. He was also a visiting attorney in the US with the law firm McGuire Woods Battle and Boothe. In 1994, he founded Future Mining, which grew rapidly to become a successful contract mining company. He then formed ARMgold in 1997, which listed on the JSE in 2002. ARMgold merged with Harmony in 2003 and subsequently took over Anglovaal Mining (Avmin). In 2002, he was voted South Africa’s Business Leader of the Year by the CEOs of the top 100 companies in South Africa. In the same year, he was the winner of the Ernst & Young Best Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He is also Non-executive Chairman of Harmony and Deputy Chairman of Sanlam, and President of Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club.

Mike Schmidt (56)

Chief Executive Officer

Mine Managers Certificate, MDP, Pr Cert Eng

Mike Schmidt

Appointed to the Board in 2011. Mike Schmidt joined ARM as Executive: Platinum Operations in July 2007 after 13 years with Lonmin where he was Vice President: Limpopo operations when he left the company. Prior to this, he was employed by Hartebeestfontein Gold Mining Company. Mike was appointed as Chief Executive Officer Designate of ARM and an Executive Director of the Company with effect from 1 September 2011. He has been the Chief Executive Officer of ARM since 1 March 2012.

Mike Arnold (57)

Financial Director

BSc Eng (Mining Geology), BCompt (Hons), CA(SA)

Michael Arnold

Appointed to the Board in 2009. Mike Arnold’s working career started in the mining industry in 1980 when he was employed as a geologist at Anglo American Corporation. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant (SA) in 1987 and completed his articles at a large South African auditing firm. Mike joined ARM in 1999 as Group Financial Manager of Avgold and, in 2003, was appointed Financial Director. In 2004, Mike was appointed Executive: Finance at ARM. He was appointed Chief Financial Officer of ARM in 2008.

Thando Mkatshana (45)

Executive Director and Chief Executive: ARM Copper and ARM Coal

NHD (Coal Mining), BSc (Engineering) Mining, MDP and MBA

Thando Mkatshana

Appointed to the Board in 2015. Thando Mkatshana has more than 20 years of experience in the mining industry. His career started with Anglo American Coal in 1988, where he gained extensive experience working in production at various Anglo American Collieries. He joined Xstrata Coal South Africa (Pty) Ltd in 2003, where he was responsible for the development from feasibility to implementation of the Goedgevonden Colliery (a flagship greenfield project which is a joint venture between ARM Coal (Pty) Ltd and what is now Glencore Operations South Africa (Pty) Ltd). Thando worked for Kalagadi Manganese (Pty) Ltd and AccelorMittal South Africa Limited before joining African Rainbow Minerals Limited in 2011 as Executive: Coal Operations. He was appointed Chief Executive: ARM Coal in 2012 and assumed the additional responsibilities of Chief Executive: ARM Copper in 2015. Thando also sits on mining industry-related boards.

André Wilkens (65)

Executive Director: Growth and Strategic Development

Mine Managers Certificate of Competency, MDPA (Unisa), RMIA

André Wilkens

Appointed to the Board in 2004. André Wilkens was appointed Chief Executive Officer of ARMgold in 1998. Following the merger of ARMgold with Harmony in 2003, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Harmony. André subsequently served as Chief Executive of ARM Platinum. He became Chief Executive Officer of ARM in 2004 and was appointed to its Board in the same year. With the appointment of ARM’s Chief Executive Officer on 1 March 2012, André became the Executive Director: Growth and Strategic Development, based in the office of the Executive Chairman. The balance of André’s 45 years’ experience in mining was acquired at Anglo American where he began his career in 1969 until he was appointed Mine Manager at Vaal Reefs in 1991.

Dr Manana Bakane-Tuoane (66)

Lead Independent Non-Executive Director

BA (Economics and Statistics), MA, PhD (Econ)

Dr Manana Bakane-Tuoane

Appointed to the Board in 2004. Dr Manana Bakane-Tuoane became Lead Independent Non-executive Director in 2009. Manana has extensive experience in economics and a 20-year career as an academic lecturing at various institutions, including the University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland, the National University of Lesotho, the University of Saskatchewan, and the University of Fort Hare (Head of Department and Associate Professor). She was seconded to work in public service where she has held various senior management positions since 1995. Concurrently, Manana was also a member and office bearer of several international organisations, including Winrock International and the African Economic Research Consortium. She serves as a Non-executive Director of Sanlam and certain Sanlam trusts. Manana is also a Special Advisor (Economics) to the South African Minister of Environmental Affairs.

Frank Abbott (59)

Independent Non-Executive Director


Frank Abbott

Appointed to the Board in 2004. Frank Abbott joined the Rand Mines Group in 1981 where he acquired broad financial management experience at operational level. He has been a director of various listed gold mining companies and was appointed Financial Director of Harmony in 1997. Frank became Financial Director at ARM in 2004 and retired in 2009. He is now an Independent Non-executive Director of ARM. He was appointed Financial Director of Harmony with effect from 7 February 2012.

Tom Boardman (64)

Independent Non-Executive Director

BCom, CA(SA)

Tom Boardman

Appointed to the Board in 2011. Tom Boardman was Chief Executive of Nedbank Group from December 2003 to February 2010. Prior to this, he was Chief Executive and Executive Director of BoE, which was acquired by Nedbank in 2002. He was the founding shareholder and Managing Director of Boardmans, which he sold to Pick ’n Pay in 2006 (Boardmans is now owned by Edcon). He was Managing Director of Sam Newman and worked for Anglo American for three years. He served his articles at Deloitte. He is a Non-Executive Director of Nedbank Group, Woolworths Holdings and Royal Bafokeng Holdings. Tom has also been appointed Non-executive Director of Kinnevik, a listed Swedish investment company. He is also a director of The Peace Parks Foundation, he is Chairman of The David Rattray Foundation and serves as a trustee on a number of other charitable foundations.

Joaquim Chissano (74)

Independent Non-Executive Director


Joaquim Chissano

Appointed to the Board in 2005. Joaquim Chissano is a former President of Mozambique who has served that country in many capacities, initially as a founding member of the Frelimo movement during the struggle for independence. Subsequent to independence in 1975, he was appointed Foreign Minister and, on the death of Samora Machel in 1986, assumed the office of President. Frelimo contested and won the multiparty elections in 1994 and 1999, returning Joaquim to the presidency on both occasions. He declined to stand for a further term of office in 2004. He served a term as Chairman of the African Union from 2003 to 2004. Joaquim is also a Non-Executive Director on Harmony’s board. In 2006, Joaquim was awarded the annual Chatham House Prize, which is awarded for significant contributions to the improvement of international relations. He received the inaugural Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership in 2007.

Anton Botha (61)

Independent Non-Executive Director

BCom (Marketing), BProc, BCom (Hons), SEP (Stanford)

Anton Botha

Appointed to the Board in 2009. Anton Botha is a co-founder, director and co-owner of Imalivest. He also serves as a non-executive director on the boards of the JSE, the University of Pretoria, Vukile Property Fund (Chairman), Sanlam and certain Sanlam subsidiaries. He is a past president of the Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut. Anton spent most of his career as Chief Executive Officer of Gensec, which became a wholly owned subsidiary of Sanlam in 2000.

Alex Maditsi (52)

Independent Non-Executive Director


Alex Maditsi

Appointed to the Board in 2004. Alex Maditsi is the Managing Director of Copper Moon Trading. Prior to this, he was employed by Coca-Cola South Africa as Franchise Director. He was Country Manager: Kenya, Senior Director: Operations Planning and Legal Director for Coca-Cola Southern and East Africa. Before he joined Coca-Cola, Alex was Legal Director for Global Business Connections in Detroit, Michigan. He also spent time at Lewis, White and Clay, The Ford Motor Company and Schering-Plough in the US, practising as an attorney. Alex was a Fulbright Scholar and a member of the Harvard LLM Association. His directorships include Bidvest Group and Sterling Debt Recoveries.

Dr Rejoice Simelane (62)

Independent Non-Executive Director

BA (Econ and Acc), MA, PhD (Econ), LLB (UNISA)

Dr Rejoice Simelane

Appointed to the Board in 2004. Rejoice Simelane began her career at the University of Swaziland, as a lecturer in Economics. Between 1998 and 2001, she worked at the Department of Trade and Industry and at National Treasury. She later served as Special Adviser: Economics to the then Premier of Mpumalanga until mid-2004 when she assumed the position of Chief Executive of Ubuntu-Botho Investments. Rejoice’s directorships include Sanlam and Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club. A recipient of a CIDA Scholarship and a Fulbright Fellow, she also served as a member of the Presidential Economic Advisory Panel under former President Mbeki until 2009. In addition, she was a member of the Advisory Board of the Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis of the University of Pretoria.

Mangisi Gule (62)

Non-executive Director

BA (Hons) Wits, P & DM (Wits Business School)

Mangisi Gule

Appointed to the Board in 2004. Mangisi Gule was appointed Chief Executive of ARM Platinum on 27 February 2005 and, in May 2007, he was appointed Chief Executive of ARM Coal, a role he held until August 2012. Mangisi was Executive Director: Corporate Affairs until 30 June 2013. He has been a Non-executive Director of the Company since 1 July 2013. He has extensive experience in the field of management, training, human resources, communications, corporate affairs and business development. Apart from his qualifications in business management from Wits Business School, Mangisi has experience in leadership and mentorship. He has been a lecturer, as well as chairman of various professional bodies and a member of various executive committees and associations. He has also been an Executive Director and board member of ARMgold as well as an Executive Director and Board member of Harmony.

Bernard Swanepoel (53)

Independent Non-Executive Director

BSc (Min Eng), BCom (Hons)

Bernard Swanepoel

Appointed to the Board in 2003. Bernard Swanepoel started his career with Gengold in 1983, culminating in his appointment as General Manager of Beatrix Mines in 1993. He joined Randgold in 1995 as Managing Director of the Harmony mine. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Harmony in 1997. In August 2007, he left Harmony to start To The Point Growth Specialists. Bernard is a non-executive board member of Sanlam. He is the Non-executive Chairman of Village Main Reef.

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