In a note to the JSE, the firm said that Murray had more than 35 years experience in the mining industry.
He was also a nonexecutive director of Toronto-listed Rio Narcea Gold Mines and Ivernia, which mines base metals in Australia.
Murray had previously served as CEO of Rio Tinto Portugal, Rio Tinto Brazil, TVX Gold, as well as CEO of South Africa's Avgold, which Gold Fields' rival Harmony Gold bought, and Avmin - now called African Rainbow Minerals.
Ian Cockerill has headed unhedged Gold Fields since 2002.
Edited by: Mariaan Webb
Creamer Media Senior Researcher and Deputy Editor Online
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