Ammar Al-JoundiAmmar Al-Joundi

Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. made several senior management appointments. Ammar Al-Joundi became president of the Canadian gold miner. He most recently served as CFO and senior executive vice-president for Barrick Gold. As a result, Sean Boyd’s title will change to vice-chairman and CEO. Dominique Girard has been appointed vice president-technical services and Nunavut operations. To support Girard in his new functions, Nancy Guay was appointed senior corporate director-technical services. Michael Timmins has been promoted to vice president-corporate development. Carol Plummer has been appointed vice president-project development for U.S. and Latin America. Michel Julien has been appointed vice president-environment.

Cliffs Natural Resources named its current executive vice president of business development, P. Kelly Tompkins, as its new executive vice president and CFO.

Highfield Resources appointed Alfredo L. Menéndez Diaz as executive general manager-construction and he will have direct responsibility for the construction of the Muga project near Pamplona. The company also named Michael X. Schlumpberger executive general manager-operations. He will be responsible for operational interface during the design and construction phase of the project, and will have direct responsibility for the ongoing operations at Muga when construction is complete.


Daniella DimitrovDaniella Dimitrov


Orvana has appointed Daniella Dimitrov as president and CEO. She succeeds Michael Winship, who is retiring.

Sierra Metals named Mark Brennan president and CEO.

International Tower Hill Mines appointed Karl L. Hanneman COO.

Endeavour Mining Corp. appointed Ota Hally CFO.


Dr. Hisham MahmoudDr. Hisham Mahmoud


Golder Associates appointed Dr. Hisham Mahmoud as its President and CEO. Previoiusly, he was president of the infrastructure group at SNC-Lavalin.

Gold Reach Resources named Dwayne L. Melrose as president and CEO. Previoiusly, he served as president and CEO of True Gold.

Jeffrey Klenda has assumed the role of acting CEO for Ur-Energy Inc.

Tim GlandTim Gland Mike MankosaMike Mankosa
Xinkai Jiang, Ph.D.Xinkai Jiang, Ph.D. Ken RobertsKen Roberts

Eriez announced the appointment of Lukas Guenthardt as executive vice president of global strategy and development. Tim Gland was promoted to director-Erie operations. Mike Mankosa was promoted to executive vice president-global technology. He was previously vice president of operations, a role he held since 2004. The company also announced the promotion of Xinkai Jiang, Ph.D., to the new position of manager-process engineering. Ken Roberts joined the Eriez Flotation Division as director of sales for North America.

Black & Veatch named Jim Spenceley senior vice president for mining.

Jeffrey D. AddisonJeffrey Addison Thomas E. BlandfordThomas Blandford

Weir International appointed Jeffrey D. Addison to managing director and Thomas E. Blandford to executive vice president.

Jim HarmonJim Harmon

Kelly VecellioKelly Vecellio

Jim Harmon and Kelly Vecellio joined Syntron Material Handling as underground sales and service specialists. Harmon is based in West Virginia and Vecellio is based in Colorado.

Luke Rogers joined Deister Concentrator as business development and product engineer.


Dr. Christoph SeifertDr. Christoph


Schade appointed Dr. Christoph Seifert as technical managing director.

Finning International appointed Steven Nielsen as the company’s executive vice president and CFO. Most recently, he was CFO for Univar.


Robert GrussRobert Gruss


Robert Gruss joined AUMUND as managing director from SMS Siemag AG and is responsible for sales, service, technology as well as for research and development.


Cuthbert MusingwiniCuthbert


Professor Cuthbert Musingwini has been appointed head of the University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Mining Engineering.


Michael S. BurkeMichael S.


AECOM appointed CEO Michael S. Burke to the additional position of chairman of the board. The appointment, completes a planned succession following the retirement of John M. Dionisio as executive chairman.


Bill StevensBill Stevens


After 37 years at Motion Industries, Chairman Bill Stevens has retired. Tim Breen, named president and COO in 2013, then president and CEO in 2014, succeeds Stevens.


Dr. John MeechDr. John


Dr. John Meech, who for 26 years had been a member of the Department of Mining and Mineral Processing Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Canada, has died. A graduate of McGill University and Queen’s University, Dr. Meech spent four years in Zambia with Roan Consolidated Mines Ltd. working on research and development projects in milling and smelting. In 1974, he joined the Mining Department at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario where he conducted research on flotation; processing copper and gold ores; iron ore beneficiation; environmental control and simulation modeling for process control. Meech joined the University of British Columbia in 1989, where he continued his work on AI applications. He also served on the Editorial Board of Minerals Engineering for many years. He authored over 100 technical publications on mineral processing and expert systems. He also enjoyed visiting elementary and secondary schools to talk with students about careers in the Mining industry. He was also the director of CERM3 in the Department of Mining Engineering. CERM3 is the Centre for Environmental Research in Minerals, Metals, and Materials.

Dr. J. Don Brock, who founded Astec Industries in 1972, died. The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Foundation renamed its TransOvationo program for the specific purposes of fostering innovative thinking within the transportation design and construction industry the Dr. J. Don Brock TransOvationo Workshop & Exhibit in honor of his lifetime achievements.

Eriez announced that Chet Giermak, who served as the company’s president and CEO from 1971 to 2003, died on March 16. Giermak blended lessons from his days as a two-time All-American college basketball player at William and Mary together with his business acumen and applied them successfully during his 33-year tenure as Eriez president and CEO. Giermak introduced a variety of improvement programs, from first-aid instruction to blueprint reading classes to financial planning sessions and pre-retirement seminars.