Lead Independent Director, Chairman of Technical Committee, member of Compensation and Human Resources Committee, and member of Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee
Ian Cockerill has been a director since May 2011 and currently serves as the Lead Independent Director. Mr. Cockerill has more than 35 years of experience in the global resources industry.
In addition to Ivanhoe Mines, Mr. Cockerill serves on the boards of Petmin Limited, a junior natural resources company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and Alternative Investment Market, London Stock Exchange, Hummingbird Resources Limited, a gold exploration company with interests in Liberia, and Orica Limited, a mining services company. Mr. Cockerill also acts as an advisor to several other companies in the mining field.
As Chairman of the Leadership for Conservation in Africa, a not-for-profit initiative, Mr. Cockerill has been engaged in promoting conservation and sustainable development across the African continent, in partnership with the South African Parks Board, global business leaders and the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Mr. Cockerill’s involvement in the mining industry began as a geologist in 1975. He commenced work with Anglo American Corporation (Anglo) in January 1979, where he held various managerial positions mainly in the Gold and Uranium division, later AngloGold Limited. Between 1996 and 1999, Mr. Cockerill was Executive director — Business Development and Executive Officer, African International Operations of AngloGold Limited. Subsequent to his work with Anglo, Mr. Cockerill accepted the position of Managing director and Chief Operating Officer with Gold Fields Limited in June 1999, a position he held until he was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2002. In June 2008, Mr. Cockerill joined Anglo American plc as Chief Executive Officer, Anglo Coal, responsible for all global operations until retiring from that position in December 2009.
Mr. Cockerill completed his Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Geology (Chelsea College, University of London), Master of Science in Mining-Mineral Production Management (Royal School of Mines), MDP — Unisa, and an Advanced Management Programme (Templeton College, Oxford University).