Newmont Mining appointed Laurie Brlas as executive vice president and CFO. Brlas most recently served as executive vice president and president of global operations for Cliffs Natural Resources.

Teck Resources appointed Andrew Golding as senior vice president, corporate development.

South Africa’s Pan African Resources announced that interim joint chief executive Ron Holding will take over as CEO with immediate effect. It also named Cobus Loots, a managing director at Shanduka Resources, as its next financial director. Loots will replace Busi Sitole who steps down at the end of September.

Marc Leduc has been appointed COO of Lydian International. Leduc worked for Barrick Gold as chief engineer for the design, construction and initial operation of the Pierina valley-fill heap leach gold mine in Peru and, until recently, he served as the president and COO of Bear Creek Mining.

Zach Casley has been appointed CEO of the PanTerra Gold Group.

BHP Billiton announced that Mike Fraser will join the Group Management Committee as president, human resources.

China Minerals Mining Corp. announced that Michael Guo, Ph.D., will oversee the company’s geological work for its Canadian operations.

Puma Exploration announced Dominique Gagné, as vice president of exploration.

Univar named Sam Sutherland as its new vice president of Global Mining.

Coeur Mining Inc. named Hans Rasmussen as vice president of exploration. Most recently, Rasmussen served as president and CEO of Colombia Crest Gold.

Bryan Cave partner Jim Cress has been named Denver Mining Law “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers, the oldest attorney rating publication in the United States.

McEwen Mining promoted Ian Ball from senior vice president to president. He has been with the company since late 2005 and has been instrumental in advancing the development of the company’s Mexican assets.

Nuinsco Resources announced several changes to the board and senior management structure. Rene Galipeau has stepped down as CEO. Paul Jones will be named CEO and Sean Stokes will become executive vice president. Galipeau will focus on his roles as vice chairman, director and CEO of Victory Nickel Inc., in which Nuinsco has a significant financial interest. Bob Wardell will resign as chairman of the board, remaining a director of the company, and be succeeded in that role by Galipeau as non-executive chairman. Jones has also been appointed to the Board of Directors. Jones has been associated with the company since 1983, and was appointed president in October 2007. Stokes joined Nuinsco in 2006, and has been vice president, corporate affairs and corporate secretary since June 2008.

Last month, Nuinsco Resources announced the death of Director George Archibald. Archibald had served as a director of Nuinsco since 1995, however, his association with the company and its predecessors began when he founded New Insco Mines in 1970 with H. Douglas Hume. During the course of a partnership that lasted more than 30 years until Hume’s death in 2003, they made seven discoveries, including their first in 1971, a massive sulphide copper deposit in Hebecourt Township, Quebec.

PMI Gold appointed John Ciganek as general manager of corporate development. The company also appointed Peter Bradford, currently a non-executive director of the company, as president and CEO.

The Nickel Institute announced the appointment of David Butler as executive director and general counsel.

Silvercorp Metals announced Lorne Waldman as senior vice president after taking a one-year sabbatical.

Katanga Mining announced that Itamar Machado, COO, has resigned to pursue other opportunities within the Glencore Xstrata Group. Machado will remain available to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities. Richmond Fenn, who joined the company in June as director of operations, has been appointed as the new COO. Fenn has 30 years of experience in the mining sector including 10 years working as an expatriate in Peru, Chile and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Stefan Romedahl has been appointed general manager of Boliden Tara Mines.

The World Gold Council elected Randall Oliphant as its new chairman. Oliphant is executive chairman of the Canadian gold producer New Gold and succeeds Ian Telfer, chairman of Goldcorp.

Pepe de la Torre has been placed permanently in Santiago, Chile, for Samson.

Norwest Corp. appointed Kurt Kost to the position of senior vice president. In this role, Kost will assist in delivering and expanding Norwest’s offerings and provide executive oversight for the environmental, water resources and field services area for Norwest’s U.S. operations. Most recently, he served as the president of Alpha Natural Resources. Steve Godard has also been appointed to the position of manager of water resources services. He recently returned to the U.S. from Brisbane, where he worked as a principal services manager for RPS Aquaterra.

Putzmeister appointed Dr. Gerald Karch as CEO. In addition to the CEO role, he will also be appointed to the Board of Sany.

Jackson Lewis announced the addition of seven attorneys to the firm’s Washington, D.C., region and Denver offices. Partners Henry Chajet, R. Brian Hendrix, Robert Horn, Mark Savit, Avidan Meyerstein and Donna Vetrano Pryor, all from Patton Boggs, and partner Tressi Cordaro, formerly with Ogletree Deakins, have been hired.

Austmine appointed Peter Hill as regional manager in Western Australia.

Ulrich Spiesshofer was named CEO of ABB.

Dassault Systèmes named Andrew Pyne vice president of mining, along with other executive appointments within its GEOVIA brand: Ben Farquharson as regional vice president of Australia; and Simon Waghorn as regional vice president of Asia.

WesTech Engineering appointed Rex Plaizier as the company’s new president and CEO.

Mats Backman has been appointed executive vice president and CFO of Sandvik and member of the Group Executive Management.

RungePincockMinarco promoted Mike Rowlands to a new leadership position, head of coal for Australasia, Russia and CIS.

General Manager John Wohlgemuth will be retiring from Ohio Magnetics Inc. and Ken Richendollar has been promoted to general manager and Walter Civovic will be promoted to sales manager.

The Association of British Mining Equipment Companies appointed Paul Briggs, business director of Davis Derby Ltd., as vice president.

Flinders Resources appointed Blair Way as president and CEO.

White Pine Resources appointed John G. Tait as its new president and CEO.