The Highland Group has formally established its Americas Mining Practice. Senior Partner Greg Peacock, a 25-year consulting industry veteran, will lead the new business unit. Since joining the firm in 2010, Peacock has advanced Highland’s reputation in the mining sector by helping many of the world’s leading mining companies to achieve sustainable performance improvements in safety, throughput, productivity, cost, capital project management, contractor management and working capital.

“We’ve developed our mining industry capabilities over many years and in virtually every corner of the globe,” said Peacock. “Formally establishing the Americas Mining Practice is a logical next step in our evolution. The Highland Group is committing significant resources to this new business unit, and we are confident this vertical approach will position Highland for strong market share growth and continued value creation for our clients.”

The Highland Group has worked with leading mining and metals companies across a wide array of commodities, from precious metals to energy materials, including aluminum, bauxite, borates, coal, copper, diamonds, gold, iron ore, lead, nickel, oil sands, silver, steel, talc, titanium dioxide and zinc. The firm’s past engagements involved both open-cut and underground mining, as well as smelting, refining, extrusion and logistics. In addition to the Americas, the Highland Group serves mining clients in Africa, Australia, Central Asia and Europe.

“We plan to grow our mining presence in the Americas by leveraging our geographic footprint, developing our existing talent and attracting the best new talent,” said Peacock. “Establishing the new business unit is especially timely as the need for our services is rising in conjunction with the mining sector’s intensifying challenges. The Highland Group’s combination of global experience and local understanding in mining makes us ideally suited to capitalize on these market opportunities.”