Mick Davis

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Mick Davis
Born Michael Lawrence Davis
(1958-02-15) 15 February 1958 (age 57)
South Africa
Residence London
Nationality British / South African
Education Theodor Herzl School
Alma mater Rhodes University
Occupation Businessman
Years active 1979–present
Salary $5,396,659
Title Chief Executive of Xstrata plc
Term 2001–2013
Successor Ivan Glasenberg
Spouse(s) Barbara Davis
Children 3

Michael Lawrence "Mick" Davis (born 15 February 1958) is a South African/British businessman. He served as the Chief Executive of Xstrata plc, an Anglo-Swiss multinational mining company until its merger with Glencore International Plc in 2013.


Early life[edit]

Mick Davis was born on 15 February 1958. He was educated at Theodor Herzl School, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, where he was a schoolfriend of Ivan Glasenberg, Chief Executive of Glencore.[1][2]

He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Rhodes University and is a qualified accountant.[3]


He has been Chief Executive of Xstrata since October 2001.[2]

He was a Senior Manager with accountants Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co from 1980–1986. Davis was an Executive Director of South African state-owned Eskom, one of the world’s largest electricity utilities, before joining Gencor Ltd in 1994. He served as Executive Chairman of Ingwe Coal Corporation Ltd from 1995, until appointed in July 1997 as Chief Financial Officer and an Executive Director of Billiton plc.

Charitable work[edit]

He is also Chairman of UJIA, and a member of the Jewish Leadership Council.

He is on the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel, and a member of the World Executive of Keren Hayesod – Israel United Appeal.[1]

In 2009, Davis and his wife Barbara were appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Kew Foundation, which supports the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.[4]

Personal life[edit]

His wife Barbara is a solicitor.[4] They live in London with their three children, Sarah, Ronit and Eitan.[1][5]


  1. ^ a b c "Jewish Leadership Council:Mick Davis". Jewish Leadership Council. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Power, Helen; Helia Ebrahimi, Helia; Rowley, Emma (8 September 2012). "The Glencore-Xstrata war has turned friends into foes". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Mick Davis". Who's Who South Africa. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Kew Foundation appoints new Trustees to the board" (Press release). Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. 15 May 2009. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Wachman, Richard (14 February 2010). "Xstrata's big boss with bigger ambition". The Observer. Retrieved 3 September 2014.