Baja Mining Corp. confirmed a fatality involving Boleo personnel. Kyoung Jin Park, COO of MMB, drowned in the town of Santa Rosalia, located adjacent to the Boleo project, by a flash flood attributable to heavy rains from a storm. In addition, Sung Keun Chai, CEO of MMB, who is thought to have been with Park at the time of the incident, was reported missing. Baja has been advised that the Mexican authorities continue their search for Chai.
Probe Mines Ltd. announced that Jamie Sokalsky has been appointed as a director of the company. Sokalsky will be appointed as the non-executive chairman of the board of directors upon the retirement of Patrick Reid, current chairman. Sokalsky was president and CEO of Barrick Gold from June 2012 to September 2014. John Haflidson has been retained as senior mining advisor to work in developing the Borden Gold project.
OZ Minerals appointed Andrew Cole as the new managing director and CEO. Cole joins the company from Rio Tinto, where he has enjoyed a successful career over 22 years.
Uranium Energy Corp. appointed Scott Melbye as executive vice president. Prior to this, he spent 22 years with the Cameco Group of companies, both in the Saskatoon head office and with their U.S. subsidiaries. He last served as president of Cameco Inc.
Svein Richard Brandtzaeg will stay on as president and CEO of Norwegian aluminum company Norsk Hydro ASA. After Brandtzaeg notified the Hydro Board of Directors in July that he would resign to become president and CEO of Norwegian fertilizers company Yara International ASA, the board asked Brandtzaeg to reconsider. Brandtzaeg decided to withdraw his resignation and stay on as CEO of Hydro.
Freeport-McMoRan appointed Mike Kendrick president-Climax Molybdenum Co. Kendrick has been with Freeport-McMoRan since 1997, and in 2009, moved to his current role of vice president-operational improvement, Freeport-McMoRan Mining Co. He will succeed Dave Thornton, who retired after 36 years.
Pershing Gold Corp. announced that Timothy M. Janke joined the company as COO. He was formerly COO for AuEx Ventures Inc. where he was responsible for operations planning and development of the Long Canyon project.
Sundance Resources announced that George Jones will retire as chairman at the end of November. Jones will be succeeded by former chief executive of Leighton Holdings, Wal King, who was appointed to the Sundance Board as non-executive deputy chairman in May.
ADX Energy announced that Paul Fink is stepping down as executive technical director to become a non-executive director.
Sunshine Oilsands announced the resignation of David Sealock as interim president and CEO. Executive Chairman Michael Hibberd has assumed direct responsibility for all CEO tasks and functions. Sealock has been with Sunshine since 2008 and has served in the role of interim president and CEO since December 10, 2013. Songbo Cong has been appointed senior vice president, engineering. Cong has been the vice president, special projects since June 2013.
Southern Cross Goldfields Managing Director Frank Terranova has concluded his tenure with the company. Former managing director and project developer, David Sproule, will assume the role of executive director. Ken Osland has been appointed as a non-executive director to replace Terranova. Osland was employed by Rio Tinto in the capacity of head of procurement operations, Africa.
IMX Resources made several changes to its board and management. Nick Corlis, general manager of exploration, has been appointed to the board as executive director-exploration. CFO Phil Hoskins has been appointed acting CEO. Secretary Stuart McKenzie has been appointed general manager commercial and secretary. Chairman Dr. Derek Fisher will assume a more hands-on role.
Commerce Resources Corp appointed John Christopher Grove president. Grove previously served in the role of corporate development as well as director. David Hodge, former president, will continue as CEO and director.
First Liberty Power Corp. announced that Mario Beckles has stepped down as CFO. While the board of directors searches for a candidate to assume the CFO, CEO Don Nicholson will act as the principal financial officer.
Sierra Metals Inc. announced the resignation of CFO Fernando Piccini. Victoria Vargas has joined as vice president investor relations and corporate communications. Previously, she held roles with Iberian Minerals, Romarco, Greystar Resources and most recently, Scorpio Mining.
U.S. Energy Corp. announced that president and COO Mark J. Larsen will retire effective December 31. Larsen has been employed by the company since June 1984 and he was appointed as its president and COO in August 2005.
Andrew and Nicola Forrest were awarded honorary doctorates by The University of Western Australia for their outstanding service to the community of Western Australia, to the nation and beyond. The Forrests have demonstrated outstanding leadership in philanthropy and community service. They are the first Australian signatories of the “Giving Pledge,” which is a commitment by the world’s wealthiest individuals and families to dedicate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy. Through the Minderoo Foundation, they launched national and global initiatives to address indigenous disparity through employment, to end the scourge of modern slavery, and to create opportunity for disadvantaged children through education. They have also both been active in shaping the nation throughout their careers, most recently with Forrest chairing the Review on Indigenous Employment and Training on behalf of the prime minister of Australia, and as councilor of the Global Citizen Commission, reporting to the U.N. General Assembly in 2016. Andrew Forrest is chairman of Fortescue Metals Group.
Jaime Perez de Arce is the new executive vice-president of Enami in Chile.
Columbia Steel announced that Tony Miotke has accepted the position of dragline product engineering manager. Miotke joined Columbia Steel in 1999, having previously served as lead engineer for dragline products.
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. announced that Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration John W. Prosser Jr. plans to retire after 40 years. Jacobs is now conducting an active search for a CFO, and Prosser is expected to remain in his position during the transition.
John Rich has recently joined the sales staff at J. H. Fletcher & Co. as a field service representative for the U.S. midwestern region. His last position was maintenance manager. Steve Nye has recently joined the sales staff at J. H. Fletcher & Co. as regional manager of the western U.S. district.
Vermeer Corp. announced that third-generation family member, Jason Andringa, will serve as the company’s next president and CEO, effective November 1, 2015. On November 1, 2014, he will assume the role of president COO for one year. Mary Andringa, current president and CEO, will assume the role of CEO and chair of the board. She will transition exclusively to chair November 1, 2015. Bob Vermeer, current chairman, will assume the role of chair emeritus.
Colin Thomson has joined 3D Laser Mapping as technical director for mining and monitoring. For the past seven years, he has operated Proudafrique. This business will be transferred to 3D Laser Mapping. Muele Radzilani, Proudafrique’s geotechnical support engineer, joins 3D Laser Mapping.
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