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Mark Cutifani

Bachelor of Engineering - Mining (First Class Honours) 1982

UOW Mining Engineering graduate Mark Cutifani was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of one of the world's largest diversified mining and natural resource groups, Anglo American in January 2013.

This follows five years as Chief Executive of the South African-based gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti. Under his leadership, safety improved by 70% and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation almost tripled.

Mark’s second appointment as CEO continues his highly successful career in the global mining industry, which started when he joined Coal Cliff Colliery straight from high school in 1976.

Mark enrolled at UOW in 1977 but continued to work at Coal Cliff as he completed his Mining Engineering degree in a mixture of part-time and full-time study.

He remembers his time at UOW as like being part of a big “family” of dedicated young miners combining study with work in the local coal mines - and a little sport and socialising! Mark says the students looked out for one another as they juggled shift work in the mines with their classes and their need for sleep.

“The lecturers were always very helpful and tried to accommodate our work schedules as much as possible,” he says. “And they didn’t take it personally if we occasionally fell asleep in class.”
He remembers Associate Professors Naj Aziz and Bill Upfold as being particularly inspiring to the group of young miners.

And Mark mustn’t have slept through too many classes, because in 1981 he won the Atlas Copco Travelling Bursary – awarded to just one student in Australasia – which provided him with the chance to visit Europe and tour some of its biggest mines.

Other roles in Mark’s portfolio have included General Manager at Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines, head of Western Mining Corporation’s nickel business based in Perth, Group Executive in charge of Normandy Mining’s global gold operations based in Adelaide and Managing Director of gold and tantalum miner Sons of Gwalia in Perth. In 2003 he moved to Canada to join Brazilian mining giant CVRD INCO, where he was President, North America and Europe before taking over as Chief Operating Officer.

Mark, who has seven children from two marriages, is a dedicated community worker who was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship Award from Rotary in Canada in 2007 for outstanding service to the City of Sudbury.

Updated January 2013.

Last reviewed: 11 July, 2014

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