Mark Cutifani
Jan du Plessis
Jan du Plessis
December 22, 2016
Benedict Peters
Benedict Peters
December 6, 2016

Mark Cutifani

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  • Company: Anglo America Plc
  • Year of birth: 1968
  • Last known country of residence: Unknown
Mark Cutifani is a businessman who has had a long successful career in the international mining industry. He is the chief executive of Anglo American Plc mining group. Prior to his role at Anglo American Cutifani was the CEO of AngloGold Ashanti, a gold mining company in South Africa.

Background and Education:

Cutifani is originally from Wollongong, Australia where he was born, raised and educated. He completed his high school education in 1976 and started working at the Coal Cliff colliery while also enrolling at the University of Wollongong. In 1982 Cutifani graduated top of his class with a degree in Mining Engineering. Several years later in 2013 he was given an honorary doctorate from the University of Wollongong.

Early Career

After leaving Coal Cliff, Mark Cutifani held several roles at Kalgoorlie Gold Mines, Normandy Mining, Western Mining Corporation and Sons of Gwalia. In March 2000 he was appointed as MD of Sons of Gwalia. It came as a surprise to the company when Cutifani resigned in February 2003 after he agreed to work as chief operating officer at Inco Limited, a company in Sudbury, Canada. The Sons of Gwalia fell into some hard times after Cutifani left and eventually had a complete financial collapse with debts of over US$800 million.

AngloGold Ashanti

Cutifani resigned from his role as COO at Inco Limited and started working at AngloGold Ashanti as director in September 2007. The following month he was given the role of CEO. During his tenure at AngloGold Ashanti Cutifani played a vital role in dismantling the company’s substantial and toxic hedge book resulting in a significantly higher spot price for gold. He was also instrumental in improving operational safety. Research indicated that as much as 70% of the deaths at AngloGold Ashanti were resultant of sub-standard actions or operations. Cutifani made the decision to reduce these fatalities by making changes like improving communication. His efforts resulted in the casualty rate being cut in half. While working at AngloGold Ashanti, Cutifani openly spoke against the Australian Mining Super Tax proclaimed in 2010.

Anglo American Plc

An announcement was made at the start of 2013 that Mark Cutifani has been appointed at Anglo American Plc as chief executive. He started in this role in April 2013.

Mark Cutifani's Appointments

In addition to his role as chief executive of Anglo American, Mark Cutifano has several other appointments including the chairman of the International Council on Mining and Metals, member of the International Advisory Committee for Kellogg Innovation Network and a member of the Mining & Metals Steering Board, director of South Africa’s Chamber of Mines, governor of the Mining and Metals Industry Programme for the World Economic Forum, board member of the Advisors for the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business and member of the Vale Columbia Centre on Sustainable International Investment’s advisory board.

Personal Life

Mark Cutifani has been married twice and is a father of seven from the two marriages.

Mark Cutifani chief executive of Anglo American Plc mining group