Gold Fields appoints new head for West Africa region

Mr. Albert BakuMr. Albert BakuGold Fields Limited has announced the appointment of Mr Alfred Baku as Senior Vice-President and Head of its West Africa region, the largest geographic contributor to the company’s production, with immediate effect.

Mr Baku,  who is currently Vice-President of Operations for the West Africa region, will also join the Group Executive Committee.

He is the first Ghanaian to head the region and will be based in Accra.

Having worked his way up through the ranks, Mr Baku is a seasoned Gold Fields employee with 19 years of mining experience with group companies in both Ghana and Australia.

He first joined the Damang goldmine 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 a strategic mine planner at the group’s St Ives mine and relieving mine manager at the Agnew mine.

In October, 2008, Mr Baku became the first Ghanaian to be appointed as General Manager of Damang and in 2010 as General Manager of Tarkwa.

In 2011, he was promoted to Vice-President of both Ghanaian operations.

Mr Baku holds an MSc degree 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 Chief Executive Officer of Gold Fields, Mr Nick Holland,  expressed delight in the appointment of Mr Baku.