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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.