Gold Fields Limited has appointed Mr. Alfred Baku as the new Senior Vice-President in charge of West Africa.
His appointment takes effect from August 1, 2013.
Mr. Baku, who is currently Vice-President of Operations for West Africa, is the first Ghanaian to head the region.
In a statement signed by Sven Lunsche, Media Relations Liaison, to the Ghana News Agency in Accra, Mr Baku will be part of the Group Executive Committee.
Mr. Baku holds MSc in Mining Engineering from the University of Mines and Technology in Ghana. He also holds a Statutory Mine Manager’s certificate and is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining Metallurgy (AusIMM).
The statement said Mr Baku is a seasoned Gold Fields employee with 19 years of mining experience with Group companies both in Ghana and Australia.
He first joined the Damang gold mine in 1997 as Production Engineer and became a member of Damang’s senior management team in 2002.
During his time in Australia in 2005, he was Strategic Mine Planner at the Group’s St Ives mine and Relieving Mine Manager at the Agnew mine.
In October 2008 he became the first Ghanaian to be appointed as General Manager of Damang and in 2010 as General Manager of Tarkwa.