My team’s role is to energize people, create action plans and help develop the themes that will drive Barrick’s innovation strategy.
Michelle Ash is Barrick’s first Chief Innovation Officer. In her role, she oversees the Company's innovation strategy looking both at how innovation can drive productivity in the existing business as well as how it can be harnessed to deliver alternative business models. She joined Barrick in January 2016, and brings with her more than 20 years of experience in the mining and manufacturing sectors. She began her career at Rio Tinto, and most recently worked for Acacia Mining in Tanzania as Chief Operating Officer. She has also served as Head of Alliance Planning and Co-ordination at the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance. Last year, Ash was named to the 2016 list of "100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining" by Women in Mining UK. She holds a degree in Civil Engineering and an Executive MBA from the Melbourne Business School.