Newmont Mining Corp. announced that Rob Atkinson will succeed Tom Palmer as executive vice president and COO, effective June 1. Palmer, currently president and COO, will remain president until he succeeds Gary Goldberg to become president and CEO. Last month, Newmont announced that Goldberg will retire in the fourth quarter as part of a planned, orderly and long-term leadership succession. Most recently, Atkinson served as head of productivity and technical support for Rio Tinto.

(img: Rob Atkinson, Tom Palmer)