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Our leadership


Our Board and management team have a broad range of mining, commercial, exploration and financial experience and reflect a range of geographical backgrounds, including Australia, South Africa and the United Kingdom. With an average of 18 years of metals and mining experience, members of the senior management team have a track record of generating earnings improvements through cost management, productivity improvements and value accretive investments.
 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

David Crawford AO, BComm, LLB, FCA, FCPA, FAICD - Chairman and Independent Non-Executive Director

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  • Chairman and Independent Non-Executive Director
  • Chairman, Nomination and Governance Committee; Member, Risk and Audit Committee
Location: Australia

Director of South32 Limited since 2 February 2015

Skills and experience:

Mr Crawford has extensive experience in risk management and business reorganisation. He has acted as a consultant, scheme manager, receiver, manager and liquidator to very large and complex companies. Mr Crawford was previously Australian National Chairman of KPMG, Chartered Accountants.

Other directorships and offices (current and recent):

  • Chairman, Lend Lease Corporation Limited (since May 2003) and Director (since July 2001)
  • Chairman, Australia Pacific Airports Corporation Limited
  • Advisory Board Member of Bank of America Merrill Lynch Australia, Allens, and Evans and Partners
  • Former Director of BHP Billiton Limited (from May 1994 to November 2014) and BHP Billiton Plc (from June 2001 to November 2014)

Graham Kerr, BBus, FCPA - Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

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  • Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
Location: Australia

Director of South32 Limited since 21 January 2015

Skills and experience:

Mr Kerr has been Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of South32 since October 2014.
Responsible for running all facets of the business, Mr Kerr successfully led the establishment of the company and its public listing in three countries in May 2015.
Mr Kerr has a strong track record in global resource development and is passionate about health, safety and sustainability. Before joining South32, Mr Kerr worked in a wide range of roles across the BHP Billiton Group, including as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) from 2011 to 2014. He also spent two years at Iluka Resources as General Manager Commercial.
Mr Kerr has a Business degree from Edith Cowan University and studied at Deakin University to become a Certified Practicing Accountant.

FRANK COOPER AO, BCOM, FCA, FAICD - INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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  • Independent Non-Executive Director
  • Chairman, Risk and Audit Committee; Member Remuneration Committee; Member, Nomination and Governance Committee
Location: Australia

Director of South32 Limited since 7 May 2015

Skills and experience:

Mr Cooper has more than 35 years’ experience in the accounting profession, specialising in the mining, energy and utilities sector, before undertaking a number of Non-Executive Director roles from 2012. 

Other directorships and offices (current and recent):

* Director, Woodside Petroleum Limited (since February 2013)
* Director, St John of God Australia Limited and Trustee, St John of God Health Care
* Commissioner and Chairman, Insurance Commission of Western Australia
* Member, Senate of the University of Western Australia

Xolani Mkhwanazi, BSC, MSC, PHD (Applied Physics) - Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

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  • Non-Independent Non-Executive Director
  • Member, Sustainability Committee
Location: South Africa

Director of South32 Limited since 2 July 2015

Skills and experience:

Dr Mkhwanazi was previously President and Chief Operating Officer South Africa Aluminium with BHP Billiton (from February 2005). Dr Mkhwanazi was Chairman of BHP Billiton in South Africa from 2009 to 2015. He has served as Chief Executive Officer of Bateman Africa Ltd and the National Electricity Regulator. Prior to that, he held senior positions at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. During this period he played a key role in the formulation of the South African National Science and Technology Policy. In his early career, Dr Mkhwanazi was a Senior Scientist at the Atomic Energy Corporation and Head of the Physics Department at the University of Swaziland.

Other directorships and offices (current and recent):

* Director, Murray and Roberts Ltd (since August 2015)
* Chairman, CEF (SOC) Ltd
* Chairman, Gibela Rail Transport Consortium (Pty) Ltd
* Chairman, Odgers Berndtson SA (Pty) Ltd
* Chairman, Private Label Promotion (Pty) Ltd

NTOMBIFUTHI (FUTHI) MTOBA, DCOM (HONORIS CAUSA), CB.COMPT, BA - INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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  • Independent Non-Executive Director
  • Member, Risk and Audit Committee; Member, Nomination and Governance Committee
Location: South Africa

Director of South32 Limited since 7 May 2015

Skills and experience:

Dr Mtoba was Chairman of the Board at Deloitte Southern Africa, where her industry specialisation was in financial services. Dr Mtoba is a Past President of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) and a past member of the Board of United Global Compact. Dr Mtoba’s numerous awards include Business Woman of the Year (Nedbank and Business Women’s Association, 2004) and International Woman of the Year (Organisation of Women in International Trade, 2005).

Other directorships and offices (current and recent):

* Chairman, WBD Trust
* Chairman of Council, University of Pretoria 
* Council Member/Director, African Union Foundation
* Advisory Board Member, LeapFrog Investments Limited
* Member, IMF Advisory Group for Sub-Saharan Africa (AGSA)
* Founding Trustee, ZM Foundation
* Trustee, Allan Gray Orbis Foundation
* Trustee, Nelson Mandela Foundation

WAYNE OSBORN, MBA, FAICD - INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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  • Independent Non-Executive Director
  • Chairman, Remuneration Committee; Member, Sustainability Committee; Member, Nomination and Governance Committee
Location: Australia

Director of South32 Limited since 7 May 2015

Skills and experience:

Mr Osborn has more than 35 years of experience in the Australian mining, resources and manufacturing sectors.
Mr Osborn joined Alcoa in 1979 and worked in a variety of roles and locations across the Australian business, prior to being appointed Managing Director, Alcoa of Australia in 2001. Mr Osborn retired from Alcoa of Australia in 2008.

Other directorships and offices (current and recent):

* Director, Wesfarmers Limited (since March 2010)
* Director, Alinta Holdings Pty Ltd
Former Director, Iluka Resources Limited (from March 2010 to May 2016) 
* Former Director, CIMIC Group Limited (formerly Leighton Holdings Limited) (November 2008 to March 2013)

Keith Rumble BSC, MSC (Geology) - Independent Non-executive Director

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  • Independent Non-Executive Director
  • Chairman, Sustainability Committee; Member, Remuneration Committee; Member, Nomination and Governance Committee
Location: South Africa

Director of South32 Limited since 27 February 2015

Skills and experience:

Mr Rumble was previously Chief Executive Officer of SUN Mining, a wholly-owned entity of the SUN Group, and a principal investor and private equity fund manager in Russia, India and other emerging and transforming markets. Mr Rumble has more than 30 years of experience in the resources industry, specifically in titanium and platinum mining. He is a former Chief Executive Officer of Impala Platinum (Pty) Ltd and former Chief Executive Officer of Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium Inc in Canada. Mr Rumble began his career at Richards Bay Minerals in 1980 and held various management positions before becoming Chief Executive Officer in 1996.

Other directorships and offices (current and recent):

* Director, Acetologix Pty Limited
* Director, Enzyme Technologies (Pty) Limited
* Director, Elite Wealth (Pty) Limited
* Board of Governors of Rhodes University
* Trustee, World Wildlife Fund, South Africa
* Former Director, BHP Billiton Limited and BHP Billiton Plc (September 2008 to May 2015)
 

SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM

Graham Kerr, BBus, FCPA - Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

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Mr Kerr has been Chief Executive Officer of South32 since October 2014.
Responsible for running all facets of the business, Mr Kerr successfully led the establishment of the company and its public listing in three countries in May 2015.
Mr Kerr has a strong track record in global resource development and is passionate about health, safety and sustainability. Before joining South32, Mr Kerr worked in a wide range of roles across the BHP Billiton Group, including as Chief Financial Officer from 2011 to 2014. He also spent two years at Iluka Resources as General Manager Commercial.
Mr Kerr has a Business degree from Edith Cowan University and studied at Deakin University to become a Certified Practicing Accountant.

Brendan Harris, BSc - Chief Financial Officer

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Mr Harris commenced as CFO of South32 in November 2014 and had an integral role in the set-up, demerger and listing of South32.
Mr Harris is accountable for Corporate Reporting, Corporate Affairs and Investor Relations, Risk and Assurance, Tax, Treasury and Planning.
Prior to South32, Mr Harris was Head of Investor Relations at BHP Billiton between 2011 and 2014, having been Vice President Investor Relations Australasia from July 2010. He previously held various roles in investment banking over almost a decade, including Executive Director Metals and Mining Research at Macquarie Equities.
Mr Harris holds a Bachelor of Science in geology and geophysics from Flinders University, South Australia.

Ricus Grimbeek, BEng - Chief Technology Officer

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Mr Grimbeek was appointed Chief Technology Officer in April 2017. Prior to this position Mr Grimbeek held the position of President and Chief Operating Officer, Australia and oversaw the set-up of the Australia region for South32.
Mr Grimbeek’s career has spanned numerous technical and operating roles across Africa, Australia, Canada and Colombia.
In November 2011, he was appointed Asset President, Worsley Alumina having been Head of Group HSEC at BHP Billiton from April 2009 to October 2011.
He also spent time as the Executive Vice President Mining for Lonmin Platinum.

Paul Harvey, BENG (MINING) - Chief Operating Officer, Australia

Mr Harvey was appointed Chief Operating Officer for the Australia region in April 2017. Prior to this position Mr Harvey held the position of Chief Transformation Officer for South32. During his tenure as Chief Transformation Officer, Mr Harvey was seconded to our African region for six months to lead the implementation of our Care Strategy. Prior to his secondment, Mr Harvey was responsible for Information Technology, Sustainability and Reporting functions, the area of Corporate People and the South32 Shared Services Centre.
Before joining South32, Mr Harvey was the Asset President at Nickel West from 2012, having been Asset President at BHP Billiton’s Ekati operation in Canada from 2009 to 2012. He held operations management, major capital project directorships, business planning, and strategy and growth leadership roles in the uranium, base metals and diamonds and specialty product sectors.
Mr Harvey holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) from the Western Australian School of Mines.

Mike Fraser, BCOM, MBL - President and Chief Operating Officer, Africa

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Mr Fraser was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer, Africa in January 2015 and oversaw the set-up of the Africa region for South32.
Mr Fraser was President, Human Resources and a member of BHP Billiton’s Group Management Committee from 2013, having first joined the company in 2000. During his career, Mr Fraser was Asset President of the Mozal operation in Mozambique from 2009 to 2012, having also worked in various roles in BHP Billiton’s coal, manganese and aluminium businesses in a number of geographies. He also held a variety of leadership roles in a large internationally diversified industrial business.
Mr Fraser holds a Master of Business Leadership and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of South Africa.

Nicole Duncan, BA (Hons), LLB, MAICD, FGIA, FCIS - Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary

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Ms Duncan commenced in the role of Chief Legal Officer in December 2014 and was appointed Company Secretary in January 2015. Ms Duncan is accountable for the Company Secretariat and Legal function (including Compliance). Ms Duncan was previously BHP Billiton’s Vice President, Supply, Group Information Management from 2011 to 2013 prior to being Vice President, Company Secretariat. Prior to this she held various legal roles within BHP Billiton in Australia, Houston and The Hague, and she was a lawyer at Ashurst.
Ms Duncan graduated from the Australian National University with a degree in Law and an Honours degree in History.