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Patrice Motsepe

Patrice Motsepe (56)

Executive Chairman

BA (Law) (Eswatini, formerly Swaziland), LLB, Doctorate of Commerce Honoris Causa (Wits), Doctorate of Commerce Honoris Causa (Stellenbosch), Doctor of Management and Commerce Honoris Causa (Fort Hare) and Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa (Eswatini)

Appointed to the Avmin board in 2003, Dr Motsepe led ARMgold in 2003 into a merger with Avmin and Harmony. Following the merger, Avmin changed its name to African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) and he became the founder and Executive Chairman of ARM.

In 2002, Patrice was voted South Africa's Business Leader of the Year by the chief executive officers 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. Patrice is a recipient of numerous other business and leadership awards including:

  • World Economic Forum Global Leader of Tomorrow, 1999
  • Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut, MS Louw Award for Exceptional Business Achievement, 2003
  • South African Jewish Report, Special Board Members Award for Outstanding Achievement, 2004
  • African Business Roundtable, USA, Entrepreneur & Freedom of Trade Award, 2009
  • McGuire Woods Outstanding Alumnus Awards, 2009
  • BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Business Council, Outstanding Leadership Award, 2014.

Patrice is also the Non-executive Chairman of Harmony and the Deputy Chairman of Sanlam Life Insurance Limited. He is also a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, which is made up of 100 of the most highly respected and influential chief executives from all industries. He is a member of the JP Morgan International Council and the Harvard Global Advisory Council. His past business responsibilities include being the chairman of the BRICS Business Council for 2013 and founding president of Business Unity South Africa, the representative voice of organised business in South Africa, from January 2004 to May 2008. He is also President of Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club.

In January 2013, Patrice and his wife, Precious, joined the Giving Pledge, which was initiated by Warren Buffett, and Bill and Melinda Gates. Patrice committed to give half of the wealth of the Motsepe family to the poor during his lifetime and beyond, and that of his wife.

Mike Schmidt

Mike Schmidt (60)

Chief Executive Officer

Mine Manager's Certificate, MDP, Pr Cert Eng

Appointed to the Board in 2011. Mike Schmidt joined ARM as Executive: Platinum Operations in July 2007 after 13 years with Lonmin Platinum where he was Vice President Limpopo Operations at the time he left the company. Prior to that, he was employed by Hartebeestfontein Gold Mining Company. Mike was appointed as the 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.


Abigail Mukhuba

Abigail Mukhuba (39)

Finance Director

BCompt, BCom (Accounting) (Hons), CA(SA), MCom (South African and International Taxation), MBA

Appointed to the Board in 2017. Abigail has over 17 years' working experience in the financial reporting and tax specialist environment in the mining and automotive industries. She started her career at a large South African auditing firm before joining BMW SA Inc. In 2007, she moved onto the mining industry at Exxaro Resources Limited, where she led the Group Financial Reporting team. Abigail joined ARM in 2016 as the Chief Finance Officer and in 2017 she was appointed as ARM's Finance Director. She is also a Director of African Rainbow Capital.


André Wilkens

André Wilkens (69)

Executive Director: Growth and Strategic Development

Mine Manager’s Certificate of Competency, MDPA (Unisa), RMIIA, Mini-MBA (Oil and Gas Executives)

Appointed to the Board in 2003. André Wilkens was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of ARMgold in 1998. He was then appointed Chief Operating Officer of Harmony following the merger of ARMgold with Harmony in 2003. André subsequently served as Chief Executive of ARM Platinum, a division of ARM. André was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of ARM in 2004 and appointed to its Board in the same year. With the appointment of Mike Schmidt as 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 44 years' mining experience was gained with Anglo American Corporation of South Africa where he began his career in 1969, culminating in his appointment as Mine Manager at Vaal Reefs in 1991. André is also a director of African Rainbow Energy & Power (Pty) Ltd.


Thando Mkatshana

Thando Mkatshana (49)

Executive Director and Chief Executive: ARM Platinum and ARM Coal

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

Appointed to the Board in 2015. Thando Mkatshana has more than 25 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 greenfields 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 ArcelorMittal South Africa Limited before joining ARM 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.


Alex Maditsi

Alex Maditsi (56)

Lead Independent Non-executive Director, Chairman of the Nomination Committee and of the Non-executive Directors' Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee, the Investment Committee, the Remuneration Committee and the Social and Ethics Committee

BProc, LLB, H Dip Co Law, LLM

Appointed to the Board in 2004. Alex Maditsi became the Lead Independent Nonexecutive Director in 2015. Alex is the Managing Director of Copper Moon Trading (Pty) Ltd. Previously, he was employed by Coca-Cola South Africa as a Franchise Director for South Africa. He was Country Manager for Kenya, Senior Director: Operations Planning and Legal Director for Coca-Cola Southern and East Africa. Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Alex was the 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 USA, practising as an attorney. Alex was a Fulbright Scholar and a member of the Harvard LLM Association. Alex's directorships include African Rainbow Energy and Power (Pty) Ltd, Bidvest Group Limited, Murray & Roberts and Sterling Debt Recoveries (Pty) Ltd.


Frank Abbott

Frank Abbott (63)

Independent Non-executive Director, Member of the Audit and Risk Committee, Investment Committee and the Non-executive Directors' Committee

BCom, CA(SA), MBL

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


Dr Manana Bakane-Tuoane

Dr Manana Bakane-Tuoane (70)

Independent Non-executive Director, Member of the Audit and Risk Committee, the Nomination Committee, the Non-executive Directors' Committee, the Remuneration Committee and the Social and Ethics Committee

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

Appointed to the Board in 2004. Dr Manana Bakane-Tuoane served as ARM's Lead Independent Non-executive Director from 2009 to 2015. Manana has extensive experience in the economics field. Her 20-year career in the academic field included lecturing at various institutions, including the University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland (UBLS), National University of Lesotho (NUL), University of Saskatchewan (Sectional Lecturer), and the University of Fort Hare, as Head of Department and Associate Professor. During this part of her career she was seconded to work in the public service, where she has held various senior management positions since 1995. Concurrent with the above, Manana has been a member and office bearer of several international organisations, including Winrock International and the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC). She is also a trustee of certain Sanlam trusts. Manana was the Special Advisor to the Minister of Social Development, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs as well as Minister of Environmental Affairs from 2009 until 31 January 2015.


Tom Boardman

Tom Boardman (68)

Independent Non-executive Director, Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee and a Member of the Non-executive Directors' Committee and the Remuneration Committee

BCom, CA(SA)

Appointed to the Board in 2011. Tom Boardman was Chief Executive of Nedbank Group Limited from December 2003 to February 2010. He was previously Chief Executive and an Executive Director of BoE Limited, one of South Africa's leading private and investment banking companies which was acquired by Nedbank in 2002. He was the founding shareholder and Managing Director of retail housewares chain Boardmans, which he sold to Pick 'n Pay in 2006. The Boardmans chain of stores is now owned by Edcon. Prior to this, he was Managing Director of Sam Newman Limited and worked for the Anglo American Corporation for three years. He served his articles at Deloitte.

He served as a Non-executive Director on the Board of Nedbank Limited from March 2010 to May 2017. He served as Chairman of the Credit and the Capital and Risk Committees. He was a Director of a listed Swedish Investment Company, Kinnevik, from 2011 to 2018, having served as Chairman for the last two years.

He is currently a Non-executive Director of Woolworths Holdings and Royal Bafokeng Holdings, Ubuntu-Botho Investments and African Rainbow Capital. He is also a Non-executive Director and Chairman of Millicom International Cellular, which is one of the major mobile and cable network operators in Central and South America and is listed on the Swedish stock exchange. He is also a Director and Chairman of Ansor Limited, a private equity holding company based in the United Kingdom.

He is a Director of The Peace Parks Foundation and serves as a trustee on a number of other charitable foundations.


Anton Botha

Anton Botha (65)

Independent Non-executive Director, Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee, the Investment Committee and the Non-executive Directors' Committee

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

Appointed to the Board in 2009. Anton Botha is a co-founder, Director and co-owner of Imalivest, a private investment group that manages proprietary capital provided by its owners and the Imalivest Flexible Funds. He also serves as a Non-executive Director on the Boards of the University of Pretoria, Sanlam Limited and certain Sanlam subsidiaries.


Joaquim Chissano

Joaquim Chissano (78)

Independent Non-executive Director, Member of the Nomination Committee and the Non-executive Directors' Committee

PhD

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 that country's 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 multi-party 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. His presidency commenced during a devastating civil war and ended with the economy in the process of being reconstructed. 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 recieved the annual Chatham House Prize, which is awarded for significant contributions to the improvement of international relations. He was the recipient of the inaugural Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership in 2007.

Mangisi Gule

Mangisi Gule (66)

Independent Non-executive Director, Member of the Non-executive Directors' Committee

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

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 which 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. Mangisi 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 proven 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.

Kobus Möller

Kobus Möller (59)

Independent Non-executive Director, Member of the Investment Committee, the Audit and Risk Committee, Remuneration Committee and the Non-executive Directors' Committee

BCom, BCompt (Hons), CA(SA), AMP (Harvard)

Appointed to the Board in 2017. Kobus Möller was the Financial Director of Sanlam Limited and Sanlam Life Insurance Limited from November 2006 to September 2016. Between 1998 and October 2006, he held a number of roles within the Sanlam Group. Previously, he was the Financial Director of Impala Platinum Holdings Limited, from 1996 to 1998, and the Group Financial Manager of Gencor Limited, from 1985 to 1996. Kobus is currently a Non-executive Director of a number of Sanlam Group companies.

David Noko

David Noko (61)

Independent Non-executive Director, Member of the Non-executive Directors’ Committee

Dipl (Mech Eng), MDP, MBA, SEP (LBS)

Appointed to the Board in 2017. David Noko is a South African born internationally renowned business leader.

He worked for South African Breweries, Pepsi Cola International and in senior and executive roles at Air Chefs (Pty) Ltd and De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd. Currently an Executive at AngloGold Ashanti Ltd, Mr Noko is responsible for the Group Sustainable Development portfolio.  

A member of the Institute of Directors, Mr. Noko’s experience, qualifications and business acumen have seen him serve on boards of several prominent companies. He served on the boards of Royal Bafokeng Platinum Limited, Harmony Gold and AstraPak Ltd.

He holds a Higher National Diploma in Engineering from Witwatersrand Technikon, a Management Development Programme Certificate from the University of Witwatersrand, a Postgraduate Diploma in Company Directorships from the Graduate Institute of Management & Technology and a Masters in Business Administration from the Heriot-Watt University. He also completed the Senior Executive Programme at the London Business School.  

Dr Rejoice Simelane

Dr Rejoice Simelane (66)

Independent Non-executive Director, Chairman of Social and Ethics Committee and a Member of the Audit and Risk Committee, the Nomination Committee and the Non-executive Directors' Committee

BA (Economics and Accounting), MA, PhD (Econ), LLB (UNISA)

Appointed to the Board in 2004. Rejoice Simelane commenced her career at the University of Swaziland, as a lecturer in Economics. Between 1998 and 2001, she worked at the National Department of Trade and Industry and the National Treasury. After that she served in the capacity of Special Advisor, Economics, to the then Premier of Mpumalanga until mid-2004, when she assumed the position of Chief Executive of Ubuntu-Botho Investments until 2016. Whilst she remains an Executive Director in Ubuntu-Botho Investments, she also serves as a Non-executive Director on the Board of African Rainbow Capital, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ubuntu-Botho Investments. Rejoice's other Board directorships include Sanlam Limited, Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club, and African Rainbow Energy and Power. She is also a member of the Premier Soccer League Executive Committee. A CIDA Scholarship Recipient and a Fulbright Fellow, Rejoice was also a member of the Presidential Economic Advisory Panel under former President Mbeki until 2009 and was also on the Board of the Council for Medical Schemes from 2008 to 2011.

Bernard Swanepoel

Bernard Swanepoel (57)

Independent Non-executive Director, Chairman of the Investment Committee and a member of the Social and Ethics Committee and the Non-executive Directors' Committee

BSc (Min Eng), BCom (Hons)

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 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 Eqstra Limited. He is a Director of various companies, including Zimplats Limited and Impala Platinum Holdings Limited.

Michael Arnold

Mike Arnold (61)

Non-executive Director, Member of the Investment Committee

BSc Eng (Mining Geology), B Compt (Hons), CA (SA)

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 the Group Financial Manager of Avgold Limited and in 2003 was appointed as its Financial Director. He was appointed Executive Finance of ARM as the Chief Financial Officer of ARM in 2008 and as Financial Director of ARM in 2009. After eight years as Financial Director, Mike retired as Financial Director of ARM on 10 December 2017, having reached the Company's normal retirement age of 60 years in July 2017. Mr Arnold remains on the ARM Board as a Non-executive Director with effect from the date of his retirement.


Jan Steenkamp

Jan Steenkamp (64)

Non-executive Director, Member of the Non-executive Directors' Committee and the Social and Ethics Committee

National Mining Diploma, EDP

Appointed to the Board in 2017. Jan Steenkamp started his career with the Anglovaal Group in 1973. Trained as a mining engineer, he has worked at and managed group mining operations within the gold, copper, manganese, iron ore and chrome sectors. He was appointed as Managing Director of Avgold Limited in September 2002 and also served on the board of Assmang Limited. In May 2003, Jan was appointed to the Avmin board and was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Avmin on 1 July 2003 after serving as Chief Operating Officer. He later served as the Chief Executive of ARM Ferrous and the Chief Executive of ARM Exploration and Strategic Services, prior to his retirement from ARM in June 2017.



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