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6:00 PM-7:00 PM: Drinks in Foyer (B tower)
7:00 PM-7:45 PM: Speech and Discussion in Auditorium
7:45 PM-9:15 PM: Buffet and Coffee in Foyer (B tower)
Cynthia Carroll (Speaker)
CEO, American Anglo
Cynthia Carroll is a powerhouse in the world of commodities, a sector crucial to the world's economy. Currently huge industry battles are taking place, fueled by emerging markets voracious appetite for metals. Mining companies have produced mammoth profits, boasted gigantic valuations and undergone a series of outsized mergers and acquisitions.
Within the corridors of world governments, Cynthia Carroll is a force to be reckoned with. As head of one of the world's largest mining conglomerates, with historical roots in South Africa, Carroll is the first chief executive to come from the outside in the company's 90-year history, its first female leader, and its first non-South African chief executive. Carroll oversees a growing company, with interests in platinum, coal, gold, industrial minerals and diamonds. Hired in March 2007 to carry on the restructuring of Anglo American (2006 revenue: $33 billion), Carroll is making changes of her own. From the very start she has been quite aggressive in taking stakes in various large projects. So far the American geologist has bought stakes in an iron-ore mine in Brazil and two copper projects, in Peru and Alaska. Recently the acquisition of a 70% interest in the Foxleigh coal mine joint venture in Queensland, Australia was announced. The most recent acquisition announcement is on Anglo American entering into exclusive discussions to acquire control of the Brazilian MMX Minas-Rio and MMX Amapá iron ore projects. Cynthia Carroll is encouraging innovation and setting high safety targets.
Cynthia Carroll is the former president and chief executive officer of Alcan's Primary Metals and spent six years in gas and oil exploration. Cynthia serves as a non-executive director on the board of BP.