Engineering & Mining Journal

JUN 2018

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NEWS - PEOPLE IN THE NEWS 18 E&MJ • JUNE 2018 Chile President Sebastián Piñera ap- pointed Hernán de Solminihac and Ignacio Briones as new board mem- bers of Corporación Nacional del Cobre (Codelco). Hernán de Solminhac is a civil construction engineer and he took on the Ministry of Public Works in 2010 until July 2011. He was then appointed minister on mining, working until end of Piñera's presidential term on March 11, 2014. Ignacio Briones is a commercial engineer. He was a professor and researcher at the Adolfo Ibáñez University. In March 2010, he became international fi nance coordinator for the Ministry of Fi- nance. Briones was also the Chilean ambassador to the OECD from 2013 to 2014. Hecla Mining appointed Larry Radford COO, a promotion from his previous role of senior vice president–opera- tions, overseeing Hecla's operations, development proj- ects, predevelopment initiatives. Radford joined Hecla in 2011 and has more than 35 years of experience in the mining industry, providing operational and techni- cal support to large-scale operations with Barrick and Kinross in the United States, Chile, Brazil, and Australia. New Gold appointed Raymond Threlkeld as the new president and CEO. Threlkeld succeeds Hannes Port- mann, who has left the company. Threlkeld has been a member of the board since 2009 and was the company's interim COO from December 2016 to September 2017. SSR Mining Inc. announced that Alan Pangbourne will be retiring from his role as COO. Kevin O'Kane will succeed Pangbourne. He joins SSR Mining having most recently been asset presi- dent, Pampa Norte, BHP Minerals Americas. Norsk Hydro appointed John Thues- tad as new executive vice president for the business area Bauxite & Alu- mina effective June 1. He replaces interim head of Baux- ite & Alumina, Eivind Kallevik. El Capitan Precious Metals announced a new chairman, Timothy Gay, and interim CEO and president, John Bald- ing. Past Chairman, CEO and President John Stapleton will remain on the board of directors. Dr. Clyde Smith will return in a consulting capacity. Great Panther Silver Ltd. announced that Ali Soltani will be stepping down from his role as COO. Soltani will con- tinue to provide services on a part- time basis until September 30 as senior technical advisor. The GS Mining Co. announced the addition of Matt Mason to the team at The Bates Hunter Gold mine as mine manager in all phases of underground hard rock mining. Missouri Cobalt appointed former Glencore executive, Michael R. Hollomon II, as CEO. Hollomon will lead the company's cobalt mining operations in Madison County, Missouri, which will be producing cobalt in the next three to four months. Hollomon has more than 24 years of experience in the global commodities and mining space, with more than half of that time spent with the world's largest commodities trading and mining con- glomerate, Glencore. Mandalay Resources announced that Mark Sander has resigned as president and CEO and also withdrew as a candidate for re-election to the board. Abraham Jonk- er remains the lead independent director and Bradford Mills continues as the chair. Dominic Duffy, currently COO, will replace Sander. Northern Vertex Mining Corp. appointed William "Bill" Martinich to the position of general manager at the Moss gold mine. Most recently, he was mine manager at New Gold's Mesquite mine. AM Resources appointed Dominic Voyer as the new CEO. Voyer succeeds David Grondin, who will remain as president. Most recently, Voyer has been involved in every aspect of the biofuels industry. Gervais Jacques, managing director-Atlantic at Rio Tinto Aluminium, has been appointed chair of the International Aluminium Institute (IAI). Prior to his current role, he was chief commercial offi cer-Rio Tinto Alcan. As IAI chair, he succeeds Hilde Merete Aasheim, executive vice presi- dent of Hydro's Aluminium Metal business, at the end of her two-year tenure. Metso has appointed Pekka Vauramo president and CEO, effective in November at the latest. Vauramo has served as president and CEO of Finnair since 2013. Eriez announced the promotion of John Blicha to the newly created position of director of global marketing and communications. Blicha joined Eriez in 2012 as manager of marketing communications and served most recently as director of corporate communications. Normet has di- vided global sales into four areas led by APAC: Senior Vice President Neil Fitzmaurice; EMEA: Senior Vice Pres- ident Jukka Kurhinen; North America: Senior Vice President Mike Rispin; and Latin America: Senior Vice Presi- dent Marcelo Anabalon. Telsmith hired Dave Noggle as regional sales manager cover- ing Utah, Neva- da, Idaho, Arizo- na and Wyoming. The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) recognized the exceptional contributions individuals and organizations have made to the mining and minerals industry. This year's recipients include: A.O. Dufresne Award: Alain Blackburn; CIM Distinguished Service Medal: Malcolm J. Scoble; Hatch – CIM Mining and Minerals Project Development Safety Award: Bethune Mine – Legacy Project; Mining Engineering Outstanding Achievement Award: William T. Schweng; Mining Safety Leadership Medal: James Thomas (Jim) Joy; Robert Elver Mineral Economics Award: Simon W. Houlding; Selwyn Blaylock Canadian Mining Excellence: Peter N. Calder; and Vale Medal for Meritorious Contributions to Mining: Ronald R. Nolan. John J. Sammarco, Ph.D., is a fi nalist for a prestigious Service to America medal — commonly known as a "Sammie." He's nominated in the Career Achievement category for his exceptional record of public service. Winners will be announced at the nonprofi t's annual gala on October 2. An electrical engineer by training, Dr. Sammarco and has focused his work on improving the challenging lighting conditions in underground mines. His improved light-emitting diode (LED) cap lamp design, which offers a more intense spot beam and overall broader light coverage than previous cap lamp designs, turned out to be an over- whelming success. Hernán de Solminihac Ignacio Briones Larry Radford Raymond Threlkeld Alan Pangbourne John Thuestad Ali Soltani Matt Mason Dominic Duffy William "Bill" Martinich Gervais Jacques Pekka Vauramo John Blicha Neil Fitzmaurice Jukka Kurhinen Mike Rispin Marcelo Anabalon Dave Noggle John J. Sammarco

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