Mick Davis

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Sir 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

Sir Michael Lawrence "Mick" Davis (born 15 February 1958) is a South African/British businessman. He served as the chief executive (CEO) of Xstrata plc, an Anglo-Swiss multinational mining company, until its merger with Glencore in 2013. After leaving Xstrata, he formed the mining venture, X2 Resources.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Mick Davis was born to a South African Jewish family[2] on 15 February 1958. He was educated at Theodor Herzl School, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, where he was a schoolfriend of Ivan Glasenberg, CEO of Glencore.[3][4] He has a bachelor of commerce degree from Rhodes University and is a qualified accountant.[5]


Davis was a senior manager with the accountants Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co from 1980–1986. Davis was an executive director of the 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. He served as chief executive of Xstrata from 2001[4] but left in 2013, after the company was taken over by Glencore. He subsequently formed the mining venture, X2 Resources, with former colleagues including former Xstrata finance director Trevor Reid and executives Thras Moraitis, Andrew Latham and Ian Pearce.[1]

Charitable work[edit]

He is chairman of the United Jewish Israel Appeal (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.[3]

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.[6]

Personal life[edit]

His wife Barbara is a solicitor.[6] They live in London with their three children, Sarah, Ronit and Eitan.[3][7]

In the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours, he was appointed a Knight Bachelor 'for services to Holocaust Commemoration and Education', and therefore granted the title 'sir'.[8]


  1. ^ a b "X2 Resources secures a further $1bn of funds to expand mining business". Mining Technology. 16 October 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Jewish Chronicle: "JC Power 100 2014 - Mick Davis" September 10, 2014
  3. ^ a b c "Jewish Leadership Council:Mick Davis". Jewish Leadership Council. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "Mick Davis". Who's Who South Africa. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Kew Foundation appoints new Trustees to the board" (Press release). Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. 15 May 2009. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  7. ^ Wachman, Richard (14 February 2010). "Xstrata's big boss with bigger ambition". The Observer. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  8. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 61256. p. B2. 13 June 2015. Retrieved 13 June 2015.