AFRICAN BARRICK GOLD PLC: Appointment of Independent Non-Executive Directors
AFRICAN BARRICK GOLD PLC: Appointment of Independent Non-Executive Directors 24 October 2013
African Barrick Gold plc (the "Company" or "ABG")
Appointment of Independent Non-Executive Directors
African Barrick Gold is pleased to announce the appointments of Steve Lucas and Rachel English as Independent Non-Executive Directors with immediate effect.
Steve Lucas is a Chartered Accountant with executive experience in the extractives sector, particularly oil and gas, and the power sector. He has worked internationally, including in Tanzania, and has expertise in infrastructure finance and treasury. Mr Lucas was Finance Director at National Grid plc from 2002 to 2010 and prior to this he worked for eleven years in progressively more senior positions at Royal Dutch Shell and for six years at BG Group (formerly British Gas). He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Tullow Oil plc, Transocean Ltd and Essar Energy plc. From 2004 until 2011 he was a Non-Executive Director of Compass Group plc. Mr Lucas holds a BA in Geology from Oxford University.
Rachel English is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and previously held senior positions in BG Group and Royal Dutch Shell, with responsibilities spanning finance, corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and business development. Ms English is a Non-Executive Director of Kuwait Energy plc, Petropavlovsk plc, and the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute. She is also a member of the Audit Committee of the UK's Department for International Development and is a Non-Executive Director of Helios Social Enterprise, which she co-founded to develop renewable energy access projects in rural sub-Saharan Africa. Ms English holds an MA in Politics; Philosophy & Economics from Oxford University.
Commenting on the appointments, Kelvin Dushnisky, Chairman of the Board of ABG said:
"We are delighted to welcome both Steve and Rachel to the Board of Directors. These appointees bring a wealth of market experience from across the resource sector, with a strong focus on cost control and operational efficiency. Their background and expertise will contribute significantly as African Barrick Gold continues to focus on optimising the company's asset base as part of its Operational Review."
For further information contact:
African Barrick Gold plc +44 (0) 207 129 7150 Andrew Wray, Chief Financial Officer Giles Blackham, Investor Relations Manager
Bell Pottinger +44 (0) 207 861 3232 Charlie Vivian Daniel Thöle
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