AngloGold Ashanti’s executive management team (Executive Committee) comprises nine members of whom two are executive directors. This committee oversees the day-to-day management of the group’s activities and is supported by country and regional management teams as well as by group corporate functions.
Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan (Venkat) (49)
BCom, ACA (ICAI)
Chief Executive Officer
Venkat was appointed as CEO in May of 2013, having been joint CEO (with Tony O’ Neill) from April of the same year. He had previously been CFO since 2005. Venkat reports to the board and is responsible for creating, communicating and implementing the organisation’s vision, mission and strategy. His extensive knowledge of the company and its international portfolio of assets serves him well in this capacity.
Christine Ramon (47)
BCompt (Hons), CA (SA), Senior Executive Programme
Chief Financial Officer
Christine was appointed an executive director and CFO with effect from 1 October 2014. Her far-reaching experience in senior financial management and executive positions in various companies, including having been the CFO and an executive director of Sasol Limited from 2006 to 2013, stand her in good stead in the management of her current portfolio which includes overseeing finance and treasury, insurance services, internal audit, taxation and information technology.
Mike O’Hare (55)
BSc (Min. Eng.)
Chief Operating Officer – South Africa
As the Chief Operations Officer – South Africa, Mike’s portfolio includes three operating areas (West Wits, Vaal River and Surface Operations). He also leads the company’s innovative technology project in South Africa. He has 38 years’ experience in mining, having joined Anglo American in 1977, and has knowledge and skills of deep underground mining that are highly regarded globally.
Italia Boninelli (58)
MA (Psychology), Post Graduate Diploma in Labour Relations
Executive Vice President – People and Organisational Development
Holding the portfolio of Human Resources, Italia is responsible for the global people strategy at AngloGold Ashanti where it is well recognised that ‘people are the business, and our business is people’. With more than 25 years’ experience in human resources across a variety of industries, including mining, manufacturing, healthcare and banking, Italia brings a wealth of knowledge, particularly in the labour field, which is crucial to domestic and international operations. She joined the group in 2010 and is responsible for building a highly engaged and productive workforce.
Charles Carter (52)
BA (Hons), DPhil, EDP
Executive Vice President – Strategy and Business Development
Charles is responsible for group strategy, business development, corporate finance, investor relations and communications portfolios. He has worked in the mining industry in South Africa and the Americas for more than 24 years and has had responsibility for a range of additional portfolios that include human resources, risk management, business planning and executive responsibility for the company’s business in Colombia.
Graham Ehm (58)
BSc Hons, MAusIMM, MAICD
Executive Vice President – Planning and Technical
Graham, who has multi-commodity experience, has held senior leadership positions in AngloGold Ashanti in Tanzania and Australia. His current portfolio entails safety, business process framework (BPF), risk, asset optimisation, capital investment optimisation and monitoring of projects, studies and exploration. The Planning and Technical portfolio is his accountability.
Ron Largent (54)
BSc (Min. Eng.), MBA
Chief Operating Officer – International
Ron has more than 30 years’ experience in international mining operations and project management. He joined the organisation in 1994 as Manager, Gold Operations for Cripple Creek & Victor, and was promoted to Executive Vice President – Americas in 2007. He was subsequently promoted to Chief Operations Officer – International in 2013, and his portfolio was extended to include Continental Africa. Effective January 2014, Australia was also included in his remit. He is currently accountable for overall strategic and operational responsibilities for production at the company’s mining operations across four continents and nine countries. In addition, he leads a team mandated to remove $500m from the group’s operating cost base within an 18-month period ended December 2014.
David Noko (57)
MBA, Post Graduate Diploma in Company Direction; Higher National Diploma – Engineering
Executive Vice President: Sustainability
David leads the sustainability portfolio which comprises the disciplines of health, the environment, social and community affairs, corporate social investment, human rights, global security, stakeholder engagement and government relations. In this role he sets the company sustainability direction and strategy and positions the company externally as a leader within the global sustainability landscape. He has extensive experience both within the mining industry and beyond, having been in leadership roles at South African Breweries, Pepsi Cola, Air Chefs and De Beers Consolidated Mines Limited prior to joining AngloGold Ashanti in 2012.
Maria Sanz Perez (49)
BCom LLB, H Dip Tax, Admitted Attorney
Executive Vice President: Legal, Commercial and Governance and Company Secretary
Maria partners with the company’s business leaders to ensure AngloGold Ashanti complies with legal requirements across the group. Other responsibilities are compliance, company secretarial functions, integrated reporting and corporate cost reduction. She is also accountable for the legal and commercial aspects of global procurement. Maria has been with the group since 2011 and has worked in similar positions for leading South African companies in her career including Investec, Sappi and Afrox.