People - May 2017

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Klaus Klienfeld           David P. Hess

Arconic announced that Klaus Kleinfeld has stepped down as chair and CEO. David P. Hess, a current Board member, has been appointed as interim CEO of Arconic. Kleinfeld led a complex and highly successful transformation of Alcoa Inc. that culminated in the launch of two standalone companies — Alcoa Corp. and Arconic. The board said Kleinfeld showed poor judgment with correspondence to a senior officer of Elliott Management. Elliott’s central objective — a CEO change — has been realized at Arconic.

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Igor Gonzales

Igor Gonzales has accepted the position of president and CEO, Sierra Metals. He has served on the company’s board since September 2013. Prior to his three years with Minas Buenaventura as vice president of operations, he worked for Barrick Gold for 15 years, first as vice president and general manager of the Pierina mine in Peru, then president of Barrick South America, and most recently as COO for Barrick Gold.

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Raul Benavides

Raul Benavides, vice-president of business development, has been appointed to serve as interim vice president of operations for Minas Buenaventura S.A.A., Peru’s largest publicly-traded precious metals mining company.

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Peter Tomsett

Silver Standard Resources announced that Peter Tomsett has decided to retire from his role as chairman and return to Australia. A. E. Michael Anglin will assume the role of chairman. Anglin has served as a Silver Standard board member since 2008 and currently serves as the chair of the safety and sustainability committee and a member of the compensation committee. He spent 22 years with BHP Billiton Ltd., most recently serving as vice president operations and COO of the base metals group based in Santiago, Chile, before retiring in 2008.

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Sean Masse

AuRico Metals has further strengthened its project management team with the recent hiring of Sean Masse, P. Eng., as mining project manager, and Mike Padula, PMP, as surface construction project manager for the Kemess Underground Project. Working for both owners and contractors, most of Masse’s experience is in mining project delivery. He was a senior member of the team that brought New Gold’s New Afton panel cave mine into production. More recently Masse had been working to build Cementation Canada’s business in Western Canada. Padula most recently worked as the project manager for Victoria Gold for the Eagle gold project in central Yukon and the manager of mining wastes and water for MMG Ltd.’s Izok Corridor Project in Nunavut.

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Monica Quinteiro

Monica Quinteiro has been appointed as the new general manager of Boliden Rönnskär. Previously she was a general manager at LKAB in Svappavaara. When Monica takes up her new position at Boliden Rönnskär during August, the current general manager, Åke Roos will switch to a new role as product manager for by-products, with technical responsibility for both existing by-products and the development of new ones.

Teck Resources appointed Fraser Phillips as senior vice president, investor relations, and strategic analysis. He succeeds Greg Waller, who will retire in mid-2017. Phillips most recently held the position of managing director, global mining research, with RBC Capital Markets. Teck also promoted Jeff Hanman to vice president, corporate affairs. In addition to his work with Teck, Hanman serves as treasurer and vice-chair of the Mining Association of British Columbia and as Co-chair of Mining for Miracles, the B.C. mining industry’s charity of choice in support of B.C. Children’s Hospital.

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Bryan Cox                    Karina Briño

The Mining Association of British Columbia announced that Bryan Cox has been selected as the association’s incoming President & CEO. Cox joined MABC as vice president of corporate affairs in 2014. Cox replaces Karina Briño, who left MABC to take on a challenging new assignment in her native Chile in early May 2017.

Golden Peak Minerals named Wesley C. Hanson president, CEO and director. Hanson was the president and CEO of Noront Resources Ltd. from 2009 through 2013, tripling the mineral resource for that company and completing the pre-feasibility study for the Eagles Nest nickel/PGM deposit.

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Claudio Ciavarella        Martin Kostuik

Kerr Mines appointed Claudio Ciavarella as CEO and Martin Kostuik as president and director effective immediately. Ciavarella, a CPA, is Kerr’s second largest shareholder. Kostuik, a mining engineer, joins Kerr from Luna Gold where he was senior vice president of operations and development. Chris Hopkins will relinquish his interim president and CEO roles and resume his role as CFO. Kerr hopes to bring the Copperstone mine in Arizona back in production.

Orinoco Gold recently named Craig Dawson as COO. Mark Papendieck has resigned as managing director.

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Patrick "Doug" Linehan

Compass Minerals, a multi-national salt mining company, appointed Patrick “Doug” Linehan as CFO.

Energy Fuels, a leading US uranium producer, promoted Mark S. Chalmers to president. He will also retain his current responsibilities as COO. Stephen P. Antony, who is currently the president and CEO, will continue in his role as CEO after July 1, 2017.

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Jeffrey Dawes

Jeffrey Dawes, former leader of Komatsu Latin America has been tapped to head the new Komatsu Mining Corp.

Anaconda Mining appointed Robert Dufour, CPA, as CFO.

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Clint Byington

Clint Byington has been appointed business line manager for Atlas Copco Underground Rock Excavation in the US Byington transitioned to Atlas Copco in 2005 after serving as worldwide product manager, marketing specialist and application engineer with Ingersoll Rand.


People - April 2017

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Jan Du Plessis

Rio Tinto Chairman Jan du Plessis intends to retire after the completion of an orderly succession process. A successor is expected to be announced before the end of 2017, with du Plessis retiring as chairman by no later than the 2018 annual general meeting in Australia. Rio Tinto has also appointed Philip Richards as group executive, legal.

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Phillips S. Baker Jr.

Hecla Mining President and CEO Phillips S. Baker Jr. was presented with the William Lawrence Saunders Gold Medal Award from the Society of Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) at the SME 2017 Annual Conference & Expo in Denver, Colorado. This award recognizes Baker’s “exceptional leadership by positioning Hecla Mining Co. with the highest silver reserves in its 125-year history and his significant contribution to the mining industry.”


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Clayr Alexander

Clayr Alexander, vice president and general manager of Hecla’s Lucky Friday mine in northern Idaho, was selected as the 2016 recipient of the M&E Division Miner of the Year Award from SME. The award recognizes Alexander for his “success at pioneering tunnel boring and his successful career in leadership in underground mining.” The award recognizes significant contributions of a mine site leader who is able to manage production, people, community, safety and be a good steward of the environment.

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Keith Malone

Keith Malone was appointed vice president-general manager of the Hecla Ltd.’s Greens Creek mine in Alaska in January. Prior to that, he was the Greens Creek mine manager from March 2014 to December 2016.


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James W. “Jim” Simpson

Suncor announced the retirement of James W. “Jim” Simpson, chair of the company’s board of directors. His retirement will take effect at the end of April. Michael Wilson, a current member of the board and its governance and human resources and compensation committees, will become chair.

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Alex Bates

Newmont Mining named Alex Bates to lead the company’s business in Australia. He has been serving as acting regional senior vice president since mid-January. Bates joined Newmont in 2015 to lead the company’s Boddington operation which has made significant progess. Prior to joining Newmont, he was the General Manager of Rio Tinto’s Brockman Iron Ore Region, accountable for three mining operations in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.


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Hilmar Rode                Frank Rittner               Sebastião Balbino

Nyrstar NV appointed Hilmar Rode CEO in December. He most recently led the successful transformation of Minera Escondida in Chile. Frank Rittner was appointed COO in January. Most recently, he was COO at Kazzinc. Sebastião Balbino, previously vice president commercial at Nyrstar, was appointed as chief commercial officer in January.


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Tim Reyes

Tim Reyes, President of Alcoa Cast Products since 2015, which produces differentiated aluminum products, has been appointed President of the new Alcoa Aluminum. Since joining former parent company Alcoa in 1999, Reyes has led several commercial functions.

Mountain Province Diamonds Inc. appointed Perry Ing to the position of CFO. Previosuly, he was CFO of Kirkland Lake Gold.

 Highland Copper Co. announced that Denis Miville-Deschênes has joined the company as president and CEO and a member of the board of directors of the company. He was senior vice president at Iamgold, responsible for development, project construction and technical services from 2006 to 2014. David Fennell who has been acting as president and CEO on an interim basis will continue as chairman of the company.

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Peter Cash

Millennium Minerals named Peter Cash CEO. He has held the position of general manager, corporate development at Millennium for the past two years. Cash replaces Glenn Dovaston, who resigned.

 IDM Mining has appointed Natalie King as project manager and David Green as mine manager for the Red Mountain project. King has been involved with IDM and the Red Mountain project since 2014. Green has several decades of underground experience throughout the north and around the world, primarily for Procon Mining.

International Lithium appointed Patricia Fong as CFO. For 11 years, she held the role of controller for the Lundin Group and since 2009, has served as CFO and corporate secretary for several public resource companies. Nancy La Couvée has joined the management team to assist in all aspects of corporate development, including corporate compliance, administration and shareholder communications.

Tiger Resources Ltd. appointed Brad Sampson as CEO and managing director. Current CEO and Managing Director Michael Griffiths will remain on the board as a nonexecutive director.

Dr. Peter Lightfoot, a nickel expert, has joined the Garibaldi Resources’ Advisory Board as the company moves to unlock the potential of the first magmatic nickel-copper-rich massive sulphide system in the heart of British Columbia’s Eskay mining camp.

Perseus Mining announced Reg Gillard retired from the roles of chairman and director. Gillard has served Perseus since its incorporation as a private entity in October 2003. Sean Harvey, who has served as a nonexecutive director of Perseus since September 2009, will assume the role of non-executive chairman.

Rusoro appointed Jessica Van Den Akker as CFO. Van Den Akker is a chartered professional accountant with more than 11 years of experience in the resource sector. The board accepted the resignation of CFO Harpreet Dhaliwal.

Lithium X Energy Corp. appointed Timothy McKenna as vice president, investor relations, U.S. government relations and corporate communications.

Al Clayborne is the new regional director for the Mid-Continent Region of the US Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.

 Eddie D. Turner P.E. has joined Weir International as vice president. Turner is a civil engineer with more than 35 years of experience in the mining industry.

 SRK Consulting welcomed Stuart Munroe, a structural geology expert and exploration project and study manager, back to its Sydney office. Munroe worked for SRK for 11 years until 2007, before leaving to develop his career in a range of technical and corporate roles.

Maptek appointed James Moncrieff as general manager of Maptek. Until recently, he was managing the Maptek I-Site reseller distribution network in Asia.



People - March 2016


Dean Gehring

Newmont Mining Corp. appointed Dean Gehring to lead the company’s South America business beginning on June 1. Gehring succeeds Trent Tempel, who is retiring after 33 years of distinguished service to the company. Most recently, Gehring served as head of safety and security for Rio Tinto’s worldwide operations.

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Nolitha Fakude        Richard Price 

Anglo American plc announced that Nolitha Fakude will join the board as a nonexecutive director. Most recently, Fakude served as an executive director on the board of South Africa-based petrochemicals company, Sasol, since 2005. The company also appointed Richard Price as group general counsel and a member of Anglo American’s Group Management Committee, effective May 1. Price will join Anglo American from the London office of international law firm Shearman & Sterling where he has been a senior corporate partner since 2003 and currently co-leads the firm’s global metals and mining practice.

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Jenny Gotthardsson       Hans Jönsson

Jenny Gotthardsson has been appointed as the new general manager at Boliden Garpenberg. Her most recent position has been as mill manager in Garpenberg. She will take up the position as general manager on June 1. Garpenberg’s current general manager, Hans Jönsson, will take up the position of general manager of Boliden’s copper mine in Aitik June 1.


Jerry Jiao

MMG Ltd. announced the resignation of Andrew Michelmore as CEO and executive director. Jerry Jiao will cease to be the chairman of board of directors and will succeed Michelmore. Michelmore will continue with MMG until July 1 to ensure a smooth transition and is consistent with his retirement plans announced in September 2016. Jiao has acted as a director on MMG’s board since the company’s formation in 2009 and was appointed chairman in 2014.

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Kimberly Keating          Jason LeBlanc

Yamana Gold appointed Kimberly Keating to its board of directors and Jason LeBlanc as CFO. Keating is currently vice president, fabrication, with the Cahill Group. LeBlanc has been with Yamana for 11 years and has held increasingly senior positions over that time. In February 2016, the company announced that Charles Main, executive vice president, finance, and CFO would be retiring at he end of February 2017.


Brendan Bell

Dominion Diamond Corp. announced that Brendan Bell will step down from his role as CEO and a member of the board of directors. Bell has agreed to continue to serve in his role as CEO until June 30. A successor has not yet been identified.

Aquila Resources announced that Bill Matheson has been named as director, construction. Matheson will oversee the development and construction of Back Forty, Aquila’s flagship zinc- and gold-rich project located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Most recently, he worked as project development manager at the Ajax project at KGHM.

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Karl Hanneman          Tom Irwin 

International Tower Hill Mines appointed Karl Hanneman as CEO. Hanneman, currently the COO, will be managing both the CEO and COO responsibilities. Tom Irwin, the current CEO, will transition into a part-time position of senior advisor prior to his standing for election to the board at the May 2017 Annual General Meeting.

NxGold Ltd. appointed Christopher McFadden as president and CEO and appointed Richard Patricio, Trevor Thiele and Todd Roberts to the board of directors.


Elizabeth Gaines

Fortescue Metals Group Ltd. appointed Elizabeth Gaines to the position of CFO.




People - December 2016

Rio Tinto terminated the contracts of Energy and Minerals Chief Executive Alan Davies and Legal and Regulatory Affairs Group Executive Debra Valentine. After reviewing the findings of an internal investigation into the 2011 contractual arrangements with a consultant who provided advisory services on the Simandou project in Guinea, the Rio Tinto board has concluded that executives failed to maintain the standards expected of them under its global code of conduct. Davies will be replaced by Bold Baatar, who will join the executive committee as energy and minerals chief executive.

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