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.
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
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.