- Named fourth most powerful woman in the world by Forbes
- Third female chief executive of a FTSE 100 company (London Stock Exchange companies)
- First female and first person outside the company to become CEO of Anglo American plc, a global mining group
- Member of BP’s Safety, Ethics and Environmental Assurance Committee of the Board
Cynthia Carroll has been named the fourth most powerful woman in the world by Forbes for her work as CEO of Anglo American plc, a global mining group and FTSE 20 company headquartered in London. She joined Anglo American in 2006, and has led a strategic and organizational transformation at the group, which is a leader in the global mining industry with interests in platinum, diamonds, copper, nickel, coal and iron ore. She was the first woman and outsider to become chief executive of Anglo American in its 89-year history. Moreover, she became only the third female chief executive of a FTSE 100 company when she came to Anglo America.
Prior to joining Anglo American in 2006, Carroll spent 18 years at Alcan Inc, including five years as president and CEO of the Primary Metal Group. She is a geologist by training, and began her career working for Amoco as a petroleum geologist in oil exploration based in Denver, Colorado. She is a non-executive director of BP plc, and is a member of BP’s Safety, Ethics and Environmental Assurance Committee of the Board. She is also the Chairman of Anglo Platinum Limited and a non-executive director of De Beers. Carroll is on the Board of the UK NSPCC Stop Organised Abuse and is a Fellow of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. She is also a member of the American Society of Corporate Executives. Carroll graduated from Skidmore College with a B.S. in geology, holds a master’s in geology from KU in 1982 and a MBA from Harvard University.
Carroll is a particularly talented leader due to the value she places on building face-to-face, personal relationships. This has enabled her to be a tremendous force for good in Anglo American and across the mining industry, transforming the way the industry thinks about the safety of its people and enabling a major cultural shift towards greater acceptance of the role of women in mining, from the mine to the boardroom.