Cynthia Carroll P’20, a geologist who has led some of the world’s largest mining companies, visited Franklin & Marshall College March 7 to speak to a group of geoscience and business students about opportunities in natural resources.
Carroll discussed the role of oil, gas and mining industries in modern society and the integration of science and business in these fields. Named in 2011 as one of Fortune Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in International Business,” Carroll also talked about female leadership in a historically male-dominated field.
In 2007, Carroll, who holds master’s degrees in geology and business from the University of Kansas and Harvard University, became CEO of the British mining company, Anglo American PLC, the world’s largest platinum producer.
She recently completed her role as chair of Vedanta Resources Holdings, one of the world's largest diversified natural resource concerns, with interests in metals, oil and gas. She advised on key strategic initiatives, including corporate development and business opportunities in India, where Vedanta is the largest mining company, and Africa.
In 2006, the Wall Street Journal named Carroll one of the 50 “Women to Watch” while in 2008 and 2009, Forbes Magazine listed her in the top five “Most Powerful Women in the World.”
Carroll sits on the boards of BP, Hitachi and American Securities. She previously chaired the board for De Beers Société Anonyme, and served on the boards of the International Council on Mining and Metals, International Aluminum Institute and The American Aluminum Association. She is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers and a fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.