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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People - November 2016

Newmont Mining Corp. appointed Andrew Woodley to lead the company’s North America business beginning on January 2. Woodley succeeds Tom Kerr who retired from Newmont after 32 years. Most recently, Woodley was president and CEO of Rio Tinto’s Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mining operations in Mongolia.

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People - October 2016

Barrick Gold Corp. appointed George Bee as senior vice president for Lama and Frontera district development. After leaving Barrick, he became president and CEO of Andina Minerals, before moving on to become CEO at Jaguar Mining. Mark Hill was also appointed as chief investment officer. He will join the company’s Executive Committee, as well as its Growth Group, and will oversee an evaluations team, who will independently scrutinize proposed expenditures before they go to the Investment Committee. He rejoins Barrick after four years at Waterton Global Resource Management, where he is currently a partner and head of mining.

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