Orica: Barrie van der Merwe

Barrie van der Merwe has been the vice president of finance at Orica since 2019.

Barrie van der Merwe is a chartered accountant (SA) and holds a B.Com Honours degree in accounting from the University of Pretoria. He was CFO of Debswana Diamond Company, the world’s leading producer of rough diamonds by value. Prior to this, he held several senior financial management positions with Anglo American Plc and Anglo Platinum, spanning 10 years between 2002 and 2012, the most recent being head of finance. In addition, Barrie has held several non-executive directorships, including Morupule Coal Mine Limited between 2013 and 2015 and Wesizwe Platinum Limited between 2013 and 2015. He was appointed CFO of Lonmin Platinum in May 2016. In 2019, he was appointed as the VP of finance at Orica

Work
2019 – Present    Vice President of Finance, Orica 
2016 – 2019         Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director, Lonmin Platinum
2012 – 2015         Chief Financial Officer, Debswana Diamond Company
2009 – 2012         Head of Finance, Anglo American Platinum
2008 – 2009         Head of Accounting Services, Anglo American
2006 – 2008         Head of Corporate Accounting, Anglo American Platinum
2002 – 2005         Technical Accounting Manager, Anglo American Platinum
2001 – 2002         Audit Manager, PwC
1998 – 2000         Trainee Accountant, PwC

Education
                                CA (SA)
1994 – 1997         B.Com Hons, Accounting, University of Pretoria

About Orica: Orica is the world’s largest provider of commercial explosives and innovative blasting systems to the mining, quarrying, oil and gas and construction markets, a leading supplier of sodium cyanide for gold extraction, and a specialist provider of ground support services in mining and tunnelling.