Our Board of Directors

geoff brunsdon

Geoffrey N Brunsdon, BComm

Chairman and independent non-executive director

Mr Brunsdon was appointed as a director in November 2009, appointed Deputy Chairperson in September 2011 and appointed Chairperson of the Company on 1 March 2012. He is Chairperson of the Nomination/Governance Committee, and is a member of the Risk, Audit & Compliance Committee and the Remuneration Committee. Until June 2009, Mr Brunsdon was Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking of Merrill Lynch International (Australia) Limited. He is Chairman of IPE Limited (since 2004), APN Funds Management Limited (since November 2009), and MetLife Insurance Limited (since April 2011) and a member of the Takeovers Panel. He was a member of the listing committee of the Australian Securities Exchange between 1993 and 1997 and was a director of Sims Group Limited between 1999 and 2007. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia and a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors. Mr Brunsdon is also a director of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists and Purves Environmental Custodians.

Bob Bass

Robert J Bass, MBA

Independent non-executive director

Mr Bass was appointed as a director on 10 September 2013. He is Chairperson of the Risk, Audit & Compliance Committee, and is a member of the Nomination/Governance Committee and the Finance & Investment Committee. Mr Bass was formerly a partner at Deloitte & Touche from 1982, and Vice Chairman at Deloitte LLP from 2006, until his retirement in June 2012. He practiced at that firm for 39 years and was Lead Client Service Partner responsible for the development, planning, management, administration and delivery of services, including audits of consolidated financial statements to multinational clients in a variety of industries. Mr Bass is currently a director of Groupon Inc (since June 2012) and Apex Tool Group (since December 2014) and is Chairman of the Audit Committee of both companies. He is a graduate of Emory University and received an MBA from Columbia University. He is a Certified Public Accountant, New York and Connecticut, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Connecticut State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

DiLacqua

John T DiLacqua, MBA

Independent non-executive director

Mr DiLacqua was appointed as a director in September 2011. He is Chairperson of the Finance & Investment Committee, and is a member of the Risk, Audit & Compliance Committee and the Nomination/Governance Committee. Mr DiLacqua was formerly a director of Metal Management, Inc (since 2001), and was a director of Sims Metal Management Limited between March and November 2008. He was the Executive Chairman of Envirosource, Inc from May 2004 to December 2004 and had served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Envirosource from January 1999 to May 2004. From October 1997 to December 1998, Mr DiLacqua served as President of the US Ferrous Operations of Philip Metals, Inc, and, prior to that, from May 1994, as the President of Luria Brothers. He is a graduate of Temple University and received an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. Mr DiLacqua is a Certified Public Accountant.

alistair field

Alistair Field, Group chief executive officer and managing director

Alistair Field was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Company on 3 August 2017. He is a member of the Safety, Health, Environment, Community & Sustainability Committee, the Nomination/Governance Committee and the Finance & Investment Committee. Alistair joined Sims Metal Management on 1 October 2015 as the Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand Metals. He has more than 25 years of experience in the mining and manufacturing industries. He is a highly experienced executive with a proven track record of leading organisations through business transition and improvement. He has held a number of senior leadership positions, including most recently as Director of Patrick Terminals & Logistics Division for Asciano Limited, and previously as Chief Operating Officer for Rio Tinto Alcan's Bauxite and Alumina Division. He has worked internationally including living in South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Canada as well as Australia. Alistair is a Mechanical Engineer with an MBA from the Henley Management School, Brunel University.

Georgia Nelson

Georgia Nelson BS, MBA

Independent non-executive director

Ms Nelson was appointed as a director in November 2014. She is a member of the Safety, Health, Environment, Community & Sustainability Committee and the Remuneration Committee. Ms Nelson provides consulting services through her company PTI Resources, LLC, on a variety of environmental and energy policy matters. Ms Nelson is the former founding president of Midwest Generation EME, LLC, an Edison International company with its corporate headquarters in Chicago. Previously, Ms Nelson was senior vice president of worldwide operations for Edison Mission Energy. Ms Nelson previously spent more than 25 years with Southern California Edison, a large US electric utility. Ms Nelson serves as a director of two publicly traded US corporations: Cummins Inc (CMI), a global engine and equipment manufacturer, and Ball Corporation (BLL), a global metals container manufacturing company, and one publicly traded Canadian corporation: TransAlta Corporation (TAC), a power generation and wholesale marketing company. Ms Nelson holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and a BS from Pepperdine University.

Deb OToole

Deborah O'Toole LLB, MAICD

Independent non-executive director

Ms O’Toole was appointed as a director in November 2014. She is Chairperson of the Risk, Audit & Compliance Committee and a member of the Finance & Investment Committee. Ms O’Toole has extensive executive experience across a number of sectors including over 20 years in the mining industry and, more recently, in transport and logistics which included managerial, operational and financial roles. She has been Chief Financial Officer in three ASX listed companies: M.I.M Holdings Limited, Queensland Cotton Holdings Limited and, most recently, through the privatisation of Aurizon Holdings Limited. Ms O’Toole’s board experience includes directorships of the CSIRO, Norfolk Group, various companies in the MIM and Aurizon Groups, and Government and private sector advisory boards. She has acted as Chairperson of the Audit Committees of CSIRO, Norfolk Group and Pacific Aluminium. Ms O’Toole is currently a director of Credit Union Australia and the Wesley Research Institute.

Ridout

Heather Ridout AO, BEc (Hons)

Independent non-executive director

Mrs Ridout was appointed as a director in September 2011. She is a member of the Safety, Health, Environment, Community & Sustainability Committee, the Remuneration Committee, the Risk, Audit & Compliance Committee and the Nomination/Governance Committee. Mrs Ridout was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Industry Group from 2004 until her retirement in April 2012. She is a member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia (since December 2011), and is a director of Australian Securities Exchange Limited (since August 2012) and Chair of the AustralianSuper Trustee Board, the largest industry fund in Australia. Mrs Ridout also serves on the Board of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and is also co-Chair of the Australian-Canada Economic Leadership Dialogue. She has an economics degree, with honours, from the University of Sydney.

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Tamotsu (Tom) Sato, BA

Non-independent non-executive director

Mr Sato was appointed as a director in April 2013. He is Mitsui & Co., Ltd’s nominated non-independent director. Mr Sato is a member of the Finance & Investment Committee and the Safety, Health, Environment, Community & Sustainability Committee. He joined Mitsui in 1975 and held various positions mainly in the steel making raw materials business within that company including Executive Director of Mitsui Coal Holdings (2002-2004) based in Brisbane, Senior Vice President of Mitsui Singapore (2006-2009) responsible for Asia Pacific, and from 2009 until his retirement in 2013 he was the President & CEO of Mitsui Raw Materials Development based in New York.

Thompson

James T Thompson, BS

Independent non-executive director

Mr Thompson was appointed as a director in November 2009. He is Chairperson of the Safety, Health, Environment, Community & Sustainability Committee, and is a member of the Finance & Investment Committee and the Remuneration Committee. Mr Thompson was, from 2004 until his retirement in 2007, Executive Vice President Commercial for The Mosaic Company, one of the world’s largest fertiliser companies, with sales of US$9 billion and some 8,000 employees, which is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Prior to that, he was engaged for 30 years in the steel industry from 1974–2004 in various roles at Cargill, Inc of Minnesota, United States, leading to the position of President of Cargill Steel Group from 1996–2004. During that period, Mr Thompson also served for a time as Co-Chairman of the North Star BlueScope Steel joint venture, and was a member of various industry boards, including AISI (American Iron and Steel Institute), SMA (Steel Manufacturers Institute) and MSCI (Metals Service Center Institute). He is currently a director of Hawkins, Inc, and serves as Chairman of the Board of Visitors of the University of Wisconsin School of Education. Mr Thompson has a BS from the University of Wisconsin Madison.