Follow the leaders: This week’s executive appointments

Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including at Rio Tinto, Newcrest Mining, Resolute Mining and more.

Rio Tinto has appointed Peter Cunningham as chief financial officer after he served as interim chief financial officer since January 1, 2021.

Cunningham will also join Rio Tinto’s board as executive director following a 28-year career at the company.

Rio Tinto chief executive Jakob Stausholm welcomed Cunningham to the role.

“I am delighted to confirm Peter in the role and, having worked closely with him for a number of years, I know he is the ideal person to be our chief financial officer,” he said.

“His detailed knowledge of the company and of the financial and non-financial drivers of our industry will be invaluable as we continue to strengthen Rio Tinto.”


Newcrest Mining has hired Jane McAloon as independent non-executive director and a member of the human resources and remuneration committee from July 1, 2021.

McAloon brings experience in the resources, energy, infrastructure and utilities industries.

McAloon previously served as group company secretary at BHP and also in leadership roles with the New South Wales Government.

Newcrest chairman Peter Hay said McAloon will be a valuable part of the company.

“With her extensive senior executive and Board experience, and her knowledge of the resources industry, I expect Jane will make a tremendous contribution to the Newcrest board,” he said.


Resolute Mining company secretary Amber Stanton has resigned from her role effective July 23, 2021.

“The board would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank Ms Stanton for her service and contribution to the company,” Resolute stated.

The company has appointed Richard Steenhof as the new company secretary once Stanton resigns on July 23.

Steenhof previously served as Resolute’s senior legal counsel, and has corporate governance and energy resources experience.


Salt Lake Potash has added Rebecca Morgan to its board of directors.

Morgan is a mining professional who has worked across a number of companies and jurisdictions in her 20-year career.

She is currently raw materials manager at Minbos Resources and director of REEsearch technical consultancy.

Morgan is also non-executive director of Peak Resources.

Salt Lake Potash chief executive officer and managing director Tony Swiericzuk welcomed Morgan to the company.

“We are pleased to have Rebecca bring her extensive industry skill-set in technical and project due-diligence to the board and expect she will make a valuable contribution to SO4 (Salt Lake Potash),” he said.


Errawarra Resources has hired Jonathan Murray as non-executive chairman.

Murray is a partner of corporate law firm Steinepreis Paganin and his main practice areas include equity capital markets, takeovers, project acquisitions and divestments, corporate governance and strategy.

He is based in Western Australia and is a major shareholder of Errawarra.

Errawarra also announced that Markus Bachmann will retire as director from June 30, 2021.

“The board extends its sincere appreciation to Mr Bachmann for his support and expertise and wishes him well for the future. Mr Bachmann is also a major shareholder of Errawarra,” Errawarra stated.

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