People - December 2017

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Simon Thompson

Rio Tinto appointed Simon Thompson as chairman. Thompson, who joined the Rio Tinto board as a nonexecutive director in 2014, will become chairman on March 5. He succeeds Jan du Plessis who will step down as chairman and from the Rio Tinto board on the same date after serving almost nine years as chairman. From 1995 to 2007, Thompson worked for the Anglo American group, holding a number of senior positions. Thompson has been chairman of 3i Group plc since 2015.

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Mark Barnaba

Fortescue Metals Group Ltd. appointed Mark Barnaba as deputy chair of the board of directors, in addition to his roles as lead independent director and chair, Audit and Risk Management Committee. Barnaba was appointed to the board in February 2010 and as lead independent director in 2014.

Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. announced that P. Kelly Tompkins, executive vice president and COO, will retire December 31. Tompkins assumed his current position in January, after having served as executive vice president and CFO since April 2015.

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Peter Geleta                   Jaco Maritz

Acacia announced that CEO Brad Gordon and CFO Andrew Wray will resign. Concurrently, it appointed Peter Geleta, currently head of organizational effectiveness, as interim CEO. Jaco Maritz, currently general manager, finance, will be appointed CFO. Prior to joining Acacia, Geleta held senior roles at AngloGold Ashanti and Barrick Gold Corp. He joined Acacia in May 2012 as vice president, organizational effectiveness. Maritz was initially employed by Placer Dome, which was acquired by Barrick in 2006, and was part of Acacia at its inception. In 2013, Maritz spent six months acting as CFO for the business, prior to the appointment of Wray. Geleta will also replace Gordon on the board of directors.

TMAC Resources Inc. announced that Dr. Catharine Farrow, CEO, is retiring effective December 31 and as a director. Terry MacGibbon, TMAC’s executive chairman, will assume Dr. Farrow’s responsibilities effective immediately and will work with Dr. Farrow over the forthcoming weeks to ensure an orderly transition.

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Phillip Day

Nevada Copper appointed Phillip Day as vice president, COO. Day is presently head of technical and operations at Pala Investments.

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Mark Hamilton

Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd.’s subsidiary Pebble Ltd. Partnership hired retired Major General, U.S. Army and President Emeritus of the University of Alaska Mark Hamilton to serve as its executive vice president of external affairs.

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Carlos Alberto Silva Ramos

Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. appointed Carlos Alberto Silva Ramos COO. Most recently, Silva was co-founder and CEO of Carrizal Mining S.A. de C.V. He is currently the president of the Mexican Federation for Sustainable Mining. He replaces Dante Rodriguez, who was interim COO for Santacruz. Rodriguez will remain the vice president of exploration.

El Capitan Precious Metals announced that the board of directors has been expanded to include two additional positions and named John Balding and Robert Shirk as new directors. A. Blair Dunn has been named corporate counsel. Dunn replaces Arly Richau, who stepped down from that position in late October. Balding’s career has run the gamut from data processing and military intelligence to commercial lending. Shirk has served as CFO for an Iowa-based real estate organization for more than 40 years. Dunn is a founding partner of Western Agriculture, Resource and Business Advocates.

Condor Gold appointed Jeffrey Karoly as CFO. In 2017, Karoly listed Altus Strategies plc on AIM and is also CFO of Rupert Resources.

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Ryan Weymark

IDM Mining Ltd. promoted Ryan Weymark from project director to vice president, project development. Weymark will be responsible for ongoing pre-development engineering, through potential construction and production at the Red Mountain underground gold project. Weymark joined IDM in 2017 as Red Mountain project director.

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Will Dix

Todd River Resources Ltd. appointed Will Dix as CEO. Dix is currently managing director of Consolidated Zinc Ltd. and will commence in the new role effective February 1. He will take over responsibilities from Technical Director Paul Burton, allowing Burton to focus on his role as managing director of vanadium developer TNG Ltd. Burton will remain on the board as technical director.

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Fabian Baker

Tethyan Resources plc appointed Fabian Baker as president and CEO. Peter Mullens has stepped down as CEO and confirmed his new position as executive director and senior vice president exploration and development. He has been the COO of Tethyan since May 2016. Mullens led the company as its CEO for the last two years.

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Jeffry N. Quinn

Tronox Ltd. appointed Jeffry N. Quinn as president and CEO. Quinn has served as a member of the company’s board of directors since 2011, and will continue in that position. He previously served as chairman and CEO of Solutia Inc. Quinn succeeds Peter Johnston, a member of Tronox’s board of directors, who has held the role of interim CEO since May 15. The board appointed Johnston to that role after Thomas J. Casey announced his retirement as CEO for health reasons. Johnston will remain a member of the company’s board of directors.

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Pamela Saxton

Pershing Gold Corp. appointed Pamela Saxton to its board of directors. She currently serves as vice president and trustee for the Viola Vestal Coulter Foundation, which provides scholarships to various colleges and universities, with a focus on mining. Saxton has held senior executive positions at various mining companies, including Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc., Franco-Nevada Corp., New West Gold Corp., Cyprus Amax Minerals Co. and Amax Gold Inc.

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Jean Lamarre

SEMAFO announced the passing of Jean Lamarre, chairman of the board of directors, on November 22, 2017, following a short illness. Lamarre joined the board of directors in 1997 and was appointed chairman in 2000.

The Weir Group PLC appointed Dr. Jianzhong Lu as Weir Group China president. Dr. Lu joins Weir from the Brunswick, where he was a partner advising Chinese and multinational companies on their China and global strategies.

Stantec announced that executive vice president, Steve Fleck, was promoted to the newly created position of chief practice and project officer, effective January 1. Following a successful tenure leading the firm’s Project Delivery Office, Fleck will manage the strategic positioning, contractual elements, and governance of Stantec’s largest projects while overseeing alternative project delivery for the company. Gord Johnston will assume his new position as president and CEO on January 1.

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Frank Aguilar


Avanti International appointed Frank Aguilar as president, and Angela Magill, widow of Avanti founder David Magill, has been elected director. Aguilar joined the Avanti team in 1999, and has served many roles most recently, vice president of operations.

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Jens Müller

AUMUND Fördertechnik GmbH in Rheinberg has a new managing director, Jens Müller, who is responsible for finance, controlling, IT, HR, general administration, purchasing and production.


People - October 2017

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Nev Power

Fortescue Metals Group announced that CEO Nev Power will complete his term as CEO in February 2018. Since his appointment as CEO in July 2011, Fortescue has more than quadrupled its production to 170 million metric tons per year. Prior to joining Fortescue, he was CEO at Thiess.

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Andrew Worland

LeadFX appointed Andrew Worland as CEO and corporate secretary, replacing Rob Scargill as part of the transition changes resulting from the termination of the management services agreement with Enirgi Group in August. Most recently, he held the role as general manager and company secretary for Toro Energy. Worland replaces Robert Metcalfe, who resigned as director and chairman of the company.

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Chris Lynch

Rio Tinto CFO Chris Lynch will retire by the end of September 2018. He joined the Rio Tinto board in September 2011 and was appointed CFO in April 2013.

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Luke Colton

Turquoise Hill Resources appointed Luke Colton as the CFO. Since 2013, he has served as CFO for Richards Bay Minerals in South Africa.

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Barry Murphy              Daniel Racine

Consolidating executive management in its Toronto office, Yamana has completed the transition of the Technical Services division with Barry Murphy, senior vice president, technical services, now reporting directly to Daniel Racine, COO. Darcy Marud, executive vice president, Enterprise Strategy, is to leave the company by mutual agreement.

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Meghan Brown

Leagold Mining Corp. appointed Meghan Brown as vice president of investor relations. Brown is past chair of the Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI) National Board of Directors, and is a director of the Canadian Cancer Society BC/Yukon Board of Directors.

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Ian Graham

MGX Minerals Inc. appointed Ian Graham as vice president of operations. In 1994, he joined Rio Tinto in Canada as the evaluation manager for the Diavik diamond mine, then went on to become chief geologist for diamonds with Rio Tinto’s Project Generation Group.

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Stacey Apostolou

Millennium Minerals Ltd. appointed Stacey Apostolou as CFO and company secretary on a contract basis. Apostolou is a finance executive with more than 30 years of experience in the resources sector.

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Matthew Wunder          Brian Peer

Great Panther Silver Ltd. appointed Matthew Wunder as vice president of exploration and Brian Peer as vice president of operations, Mexico. Wunder has 30 years of experience in the mining industry, including 15 years with Noranda Inc. and more than 10 years as a senior executive for several junior and midsize companies. He will transition to become the qualified person (QP) for Great Panther’s operating mines and development projects, succeeding Robert Brown who has retired. Most recently, Peer was a general manager with Red Eagle Mining in Colombia.

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Ryan MacWilliam

Nevsun Resources Ltd. appointed Ryan MacWilliam as its CFO. Prior to Nevsun, MacWilliam worked for London-based X2 Resources LLP.

LSC Lithium Corp. appointed Ian Stalker as president and CEO. He is a senior international mining executive with more than 40 years of experience in resource development, mine construction, and operations in Europe, Africa, South America and Australia.

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Will Ansley

Lupaka Gold Corp. has appointed Will Ansley as president and CEO, and as a director of the company. He was a member of two teams that placed six mines into production over an eight-year period in Sudbury and Timmins, Ontario; He was the director of business development for FNX Mining Company Inc. and the vice president of corporate planning and strategy for Lake Shore Gold Corp. Will was also the COO of Mineral Streams Inc. where he helped orchestrate its successful sale to AuRico Metals Inc. in 2015. Gordon Ellis will continue to serve as chairman of the board of directors.

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Heather White

Wellgreen Platinum Ltd. appointed Heather White as COO. White is a professional mining engineer and president of White Mining Consulting Inc.

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Terry O’Hearn               Dan Bradford

Superior Industries Inc. hired Terry O’Hearn as its new conveyor components territory manager for the southcentral United States. Before starting at Superior, O’Hearn worked for Texas Bearing. Superior Industries Inc. also welcomed Dan Bradford as a washing process engineer.

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Gary Mandel                   Vinayak Pai

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., as part of the separately announced acquisition of CH2M HILL Companies Ltd., has formed an Integration Management Office (IMO) to oversee the integration of Jacobs and CH2M. Gary Mandel, who joined Jacobs six years ago through the Aker Solutions Process & Construction acquisition, and most recently served as Jacobs president of Petroleum and Chemicals (P&C), has been appointed to lead the integration for Jacobs. In addition, Jacobs announced that Vinayak Pai has been appointed interim head of global Petroleum and Chemicals.

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Charlotte Brogren

Charlotte Brogren was named chief technology officer for Alimak Group. She worked 15 years for ABB in various management positions within research & development, most recently, as technology manager for ABB’s Robotics Division.

The now appointed members of the Board of Epiroc are Johan Forssell, Anders Ullberg, Ulla Litzén and Lennart Evrell. Ronnie Leten was appointed chair of the board. Leten is a former president and CEO of Atlas Copco AB. Forssell is president and CEO, and board member, of Investor AB. Ullberg is chair of the boards Boliden AB and Studsvik AB. Litzén is a board member of Alfa Laval AB, Electrolux AB, Husqvarna AB, NCC AB, and Ratos AB. Evrell is president and CEO, and board member, of Boliden AB.

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Jacquie Boyer

Donaldson Company Inc. announced Jacquie Boyer as vice president of global OEM sales. She most recently held the position of vice president, global sales and marketing at Stanadyne LLC.



People - September 2017

 TMAC Resources Inc. named Gil Lawson as COO. Lawson has managed two startup operations, Goldcorp Inc.’s Musselwhite Mine in Ontario and De Beers Canada Ltd.’s Snap Lake Mine in the Northwest Territories.

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Scott Maloney

Teck Resources Ltd. appointed Scott Maloney as vice president, environment. Maloney succeeds Michael Davies, who has begun a phased retirement. Maloney joins Teck from BHP and brings to the role more than 20 years of functional environmental experience.

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Jim Bannantine

Great Panther Silver Ltd. appointed Jim Bannantine as president and CEO. Bannantine will succeed Robert Archer, who, in April, announced his intention to step down. Archer is a co-founder of the company and will remain on the board of directors. Most recently, Bannantine was president and CEO of Aura Minerals Inc.

Potash Ridge Corp. appointed Ross Phillips as interim CFO to replace Petra Decher, who has left the company. Phillips previously held the position of CFO between 2015 and 2017.

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Craig W. Nunez         Christopher J. Zolas

Natural Resource Partners L.P. announced that Wyatt L. Hogan, president and COO, has resigned. Craig W. Nunez, CFO and treasurer, will succeed Hogan. Christopher J. Zolas, chief accounting officer, will succeed Nunez.

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Paul Robertson

Eco Oro Minerals Corp. announced that Paul Robertson, the current CFO, accepted the position of interim CEO, replacing Anna Stylianides who had been acting in the role of interim CEO. Stylianides will remain in her position as a director of the board.

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James “Jamie” Standen

Compass Minerals appointed James “Jamie” Standen to the position of CFO effective immediately. Standen had been serving as interim CFO and treasurer since April 25. Standen joined Compass Minerals in 2006 as assistant treasurer.

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William “Bill” Prince

International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP announced that William “Bill” Prince, a partner in the firm’s Regulatory Affairs Group and co-chair of its Mining & Natural Resources Industry Group, has been elected by the Trustees Council to be the next president-elect of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF).

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David Lipschitz

Macquarie Group appointed David Lipschitz as a senior analyst in equities research within its commodities and Global Markets group. He joins from CLSA where since 2009, he led coverage of metals, mining, steel and North American rails.

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Alain Bérard

Camfil appointed Alain Bérard to the position of group executive vice president in charge of the Air Pollution Control (APC) global business unit. For the last four years, Bérard was in charge of Camfil’s global product portfolio, research and development, and communication.

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Bridget Neal

Bridgestone Americas named Bridget Neal as president, off-the-road (OTR), Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. Neal succeeds Taylor Cole. Previously, she was director, OTR tire sales.

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Robert Franklin

Robert Franklin has been appointed as interim director of sales and marketing, Americas, at Terex Trucks. He joined Terex Corp. in 2002, working firstly as a compact equipment salesman and he later moved into the heavy industry division in 2006.

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Tomas Hakala            Gustav KildÈn

Tomas Hakala was appointed president of the services business unit and member of Outotec’s Executive Board. He will commence in his new position on November 13, at the latest. Hakala is joining Outotec from Wärtsilä Corp. where he has been heading 4 Stroke Engine Services business. Gustav KildÈn has been appointed senior vice president, strategic customers and business development, and member of executive board. KildÈn is currently president of market area Europe and North Africa at Outotec. Adel Hattab, executive vice president, strategic customers and business development, has decided to leave Outotec to join another company.

Magna Tyres Group appointed Muktar Barrie as sales manager for the French-speaking countries in West Africa. In his new position, he has taken on the responsibility for growing the Magna Tyres market presence and will focus on developing strong customer relationships.

Terex MPS named Gareth Orritt as its New Canica business development manager. Prior to joining Terex MPS, he held product line and sales management positions with both the Metso (Barmac) and Sandvik VSI product ranges.


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Per Lindberg              Helena Hedblom         Anders Lindén            Mattias Olsson           Jörgen Ekelöw

Atlas Copco announced that Per Lindberg has been appointed president and CEO of Epiroc. Lindberg is currently the president and CEO of BillerudKorsnäs AB. Helena Hedblom was appointed senior executive vice president mining and infrastructure of Epiroc. Hedblom is currently senior executive vice president of Atlas Copco’s Mining and Rock Excavation Technique business area. Anders Lindén has been appointed senior vice president controlling and finance. He is currently vice president of business control for Atlas Copco’s Mining and Rock Excavation Technique business area. Mattias Olsson has been appointed senior vice president of corporate communications. Olsson is a former Atlas Copco employee and has been working with marketing of mining equipment, controlling and as vice president of investor relations. Jörgen Ekelöw was appointed senior vice president, general counsel. He currently holds a position as general counsel m&a and global projects at Atlas Copco.

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People - August 2017

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Hannes Portmann       Paula Myson

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Peter Woodhouse       Barry O’Shea

As Hannes Portmann, New Gold’s president and CEO, builds out the company’s leadership team, and with Rainy River scheduled to transition into operation beginning in September, Paula Myson will join New Gold in late August as executive vice president and CFO, and Peter Woodhouse will join New Gold as the vice president, projects. Myson held multiple senior roles at Sherritt. Most recently, Woodhouse was vice president, projects, at Centerra Gold. In connection with these management changes, Barry O’Shea, vice president, finance, has been appointed vice president, business development.

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Gonzalo Eyzaguirre, Buenaventura’s vice president of operations, has been designated to serve as interim general manager of the company’s subsidiary, El Brocal. He will maintain his current responsibilities in addition to assuming the role of interim general manager.

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OceanaGold Corp. appointed Scott McQueen to the role of CFO. McQueen joined OceanaGold in 2016. Mark Chamberlain, current CFO, has been appointed executive vice president, corporate development, and will relocate from Australia to Canada following the departure of Darren Klinck, executive vice president, corporate development.

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Glen Koropchuk          Sherry Tunks

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Richard Schryer          Patricia Penny

Fortune Minerals Ltd. announced that Glen Koropchuk has been appointed to the position of technical director and COO to lead development of the NICO Cobalt-Gold-Bismuth-Copper Project. Koropchuk, who is also a director of the company, was most recently COO of De Beers Canada Inc. Fortune also announced that Sherry Tunks has re-joined the company as supply chain manager. Tunks has 15 years of supply chain experience. Richard Schryer has been promoted to the position of vice president of regulatory and environmental affairs. Patricia Penney has been promoted to the position of controller from her previous position as financial and accounting manager since 2013.

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Gonzalo de Losada

Gonzalo de Losada will succeed Felipe Ferraro as CEO and president of Batero Gold and join its board of directors.

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Elisabeth Tremblay

Monarques Gold Corp. announced that Elisabeth Tremblay has been appointed to the position of senior geologist – communications, and Martin Lacaille Dufresne has been appointed a geologist.

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Treasury Metals Inc. appointed Robert MacDonald as vice president, Goliath gold project. MacDonald has worked for Goldcorp’s Musselwhite and Red Lake gold mines and Kirkland Lake Gold’s Macassa Complex gold mine in Ontario. The company also announced that Norm Bush has retired from his full-time role. Bush will continue to assist the company with community affairs and educating the local stakeholders about the Goliath gold project on a consulting basis.

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Barbara Smith             Joe Alvarado

Commercial Metals Co. announced that Barbara Smith will assume the role of president and CEO and become a member of the board of directors. Smith has been the company’s president and CEO since January. Joe Alvarado will continue to serve as chairman.

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Ian W. Pearce

Nevsun Resources Ltd. appointed Ian W. Pearce to the role of board chair. Pearce succeeds R. Stuart Angus, who will retire as a director on September 30. Pearce was appointed to the board of Nevsun at the beginning of 2017. Since 2013, Pearce has been a partner at X2 Resources.

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Michel Chapdelaine

X-Terra Resources Inc. appointed Michel Chapdelaine as vice president, exploration and development.

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eCobalt Solutions Inc. announced the addition of Floyd D. Varley as COO. Most recently, Varley was vice president of operations for TMAC Resources. Robert L. Chapman was appointed vice president of administration for the company’s U.S. operations. Chapman is currently the lead principal in RL Chapman Mining Consulting.

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Philippe Guillemaille

TNG Ltd. appointed Philippe Guillemaille as its titanium business manager. He has held positions as sales manager for Fuji Film, Metallgesellschaft and Monsanto/Exxon Chemicals, among others.

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Anne Marie Toutant

The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) announced that Anne Marie Toutant, vice president, Fort Hills Operations, Suncor Energy Inc., has been elected chair of MAC for the next two-year term. Toutant replaced Robert (Bob) Steane, senior vice president and COO, Cameco Corp., who served as chair from June 2015 to June 2017.

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Odd-Björn Kleven

Normet announced that Himanshu Kapadia has been nominated as head of GCCT (Ground Control and Construction Technologies) Business Line, and Odd-Björn Kleven will move to a new role to head Solutions Development. Kapadia is coming from BASF where he managed market operations for BASF Construction Chemicals across Asia and Pacific Region based in Singapore.

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Greg Gillian

Norwest Corp. announced that Greg Gillian has been appointed president of Norwest Corp.’s U.S. operations. Most recently, he was vice president responsible for performance of Norwest’s Processing and Industrial Minerals business units.

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Ralph Cutler

WesTech Engineering Inc. appointed Ralph Cutler as president. Cutler currently serves as WesTech’s vice president of Industrial Products and Sales. Rex Plaizier, who has been serving as both chief executive officer and president, will continue in his role as CEO.

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Eugene H. Skinner

Eugene H. Skinner passed away on May 8, 2017, in Spokane, Washington. He was born on March 11, 1930, in Bismarck, North Dakota. He graduated in 1953 from the South Dakota School of Mines. After graduating, he was drafted into the Army where he served two years in West Germany. After returning to the states, he graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in 1960 and became a professional engineer. He worked for the U.S. Bureau of Mines for 29 years until retiring in 1994. He was a pioneer in establishing a lightweight concrete for mine stability and the year he retired, he received an award for overseeing the sealing of shutdown coal mines in West Virginia.

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