Follow the leaders: This week’s appointments


Stay on top of the latest executive appointments across the mining sector over the past week, including at Kirkland Lake Gold, PepinNini Lithium, New Hope and more.

Kirkland Lake Gold has made a number of new appointments in the company’s leadership team. The appointments, which are effective immediately, are:

  • Mining general manager Evan Pelletier being promoted to vice president of mining
  • Greg Gibson joining the company as special advisor to the chief executive officer, business process improvement
  • Natasha Vaz, promoted to senior vice president, technical services and innovation from vice president, technical services and innovation
  • Jennifer Wager, promoted to senior vice president, corporate affairs, legal counsel and corporate secretary from vice president, legal
  • Mark Utting promoted to senior vice president, investor relations from vice president, investor relations
  • Mohammed Ali promoted to vice president, environment from director of environmental affairs, Canadian operations
  • Duncan King appointed vice president of Canadian operations following his previous interim basis role as vice president of Australian operations
  • John Landmark and Brian Hagan as interim basis co-leads of Australian operations
  • David Londono becoming vice president of special projects, moving up from his prior role as the general manager of Detour Lake mine


Former Rio Tinto Exploration senior commericial manager and geologist George Cumplido has joined the PepinNini Lithium board as a non-executive director, effective immediately.

Cumplido served in his role with Rio Tinto Exploration for six years, including overseeing the Musgrave farm-in joint venture between PepinNini and Rio Tinto and will use his understanding of the project to continue to advance it.

He is also fluent in Spanish so will assume  a key role in PepinNini’s plans for the Salta lithium brine project in Argentina.

Cumplido was also previously chief commercial officer at Xanadu Mines, business development manager at Vale Australia and a research scientist with the CSIRO in New South Wales.


Jacqueline McGill has been appointed as a non-executive director at New Hope, effective this week.

McGill has an impressive resume, including vice president of the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy, leading BHP Mitsui Coal and Olympic Dam corporations, chairperson of TAFE South Australia, director of the Royal Automobile Association of South Australia and being a member of the South Australian Premier’s economic advisory council.

She was also awarded an Order of Australia on Australia Day 2020 for her contribution to the resources sector and her leadership in gender inclusion.


Peabody Energy has named Mark Spurbeck as executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Spurbeck joined Peabody in 2018 and has most recently served as the company’s senior vice president and interim chief financial officer since this January.

He has more than two decades of accounting and financial experience and in his previous role he oversaw Peabody’s finance, treasury, tax, internal audit, financial reporting and corporate accounting functions.

Spurbeck has also held multiple positions at Newmont Mining, including group executive, assistant controller and has worked at First Data Corporation and Deloitte.


Former Uranium One executive vice president and general counsel John Sibley has replaced James Eggins as non-executive chairman of Lotus Resources. Eggins served as chairman and non-executive director of Lotus Resources.

This is one of a number of changes at Lotus, with non-executive directors Andrew Micro and Mark Milazzo also resigning from the company, as it transitions to a new board of directors.

Their places have been filled by new non-executive directors Grant Davey and Stuart McKenzie.

As well as a non-executive director, McKenzie will also serve as a joint secretary.

Lotus thanked Eggins, Micro and Milazzo for their contribution to the company.

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