Follow the leaders: This week’s executive movements


Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including at Caterpillar, Newcrest Mining, Stanmore Coal and more.

Caterpillar has named Marc Cameron as the new vice president of resource industries sales, services and technology division.

Cameron is backed by 20 years of experience in surface and underground mining, and early in his career, in construction.

He has led global teams and extensive knowledge of mining operations, stemming from his experience as a leader at Rio Tinto, one of Caterpillar’s largest mining customers, which he joined in 2003.

At Rio Tinto, Cameron led the full value stream of the company’s copper and diamond assets including the Kennecott mine in Utah, and most recently, the end-of-life strategy for Rio Tinto’s North American legacy assets.

Prior to joining Rio Tinto, Cameron was a civil engineer at Peter Kiewit and Sons.

He will be based in Tucson, Arizona and officially begin his duties with Caterpillar on November 2.


Newcrest Mining has welcomed a non-executive director, Sally-Anne Layman to its board and audit and risk committee, following the retirement of non-executive director Xiaoling Liu.

Layman, who has more than 26 years of international experience across mining and corporate finance, will begin her role in October.

She spent 14 years with Macquarie Group serving in senior positions including division director and joint head of the metals, mining and agriculture division.

Prior to that, Layman held various positions at Mt Isa Mines, Great Central Mines and Normandy Yandal and she is currently non-executive director of Beach Energy, Pilbara Minerals, Imdex and Perseus Mining.

Liu will retire immediately following Newcrest’s annual general meeting on November 11.


Frederick Kotzee has secured the position of chief financial officer at Stanmore Coal following his appointment as interim chief financial officer in June.

He replaced Ian Poole, who announced his resignation from his position as chief financial officer and secretary in May.

Kotzee has worked as a chief financial officer and executive director across a range of companies, and most recently as the chief financial officer of Kidman Resources.

Stanmore has experienced a number of changes to its executive management team and is still recruiting a secretary to replace Poole and a new chief executive officer to replace Craig McCabe, who announced his resignation in late August.

The company’s current interim chief executive is Marcelo Matos.


EHR Resources has recruited former De Beers Canada chief executive Kim Truter as a non-executive director, effective immediately.

This comes as EHR continues to strengthen its management team and develop an international portfolio of prospective diamond projects.

Truter has held the roles of chief operating officer of Rio Tinto Diamonds, managing director of Argyle Diamond Mines and president and chief operating officer of Diavik Diamond Mines.

He has more than 30 years of mining experience in surface and underground operations across multiple nations, including substantial diamond experience across Australia, Canada and Africa.

“I am delighted to welcome Truter to the EHR Board,” EHR chairman Stephen Dennis said.

“His wealth of skills and experience in all facets of the diamond industry will be of enormous value as we advance our growth-focussed diamond strategy.”


Mineral Resources (MinRes) has enlisted Susie Cortlett as an independent non-executive director effective January 4 2021.

Cotlett is currently a trustee of the Australian Institute of Mining and metallurgy (AusIMM) education endowment fund; a Foundation for National Parks director; and a non-executive director of Iluka Resources and Aurelia Metals.

As a geologist, Corlett has extensive experience in underground and open pit mining operations, along with investment experience financing major mining and infrastructure projects.

MinRes chairman Peter Wade said Corlett’s appointment would diversify the board.

“Her appointment will broaden, strengthen and diversify the board’s experience in a number of key areas, including strategy and growth, risk management, mergers and acquisitions, and sustainability,” he said.


Dacian Gold has introduced a new chief financial officer, two general managers and a principal research geologist.

Derek Humphry has filled the position of chief financial officer, following 20 years’ experience as an accountant, including being the chief financial officer and secretary of Nusantara Resources.

Dale Richards and Ben McAllister have been selected as the general managers of geology and exploration and the Mt Morgan gold operation, respectively.

Richards has worked as a geologist internationally for more than 20 years and conducted specialist mining studies at projects in Western Australia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana and Kyrgyzstan.

McAllister is a mining engineer of more than 15 years and joined Dacian last year as the underground manager for Australia.

Also joining the company is principal research geologist Alex Whishaw, who spent 16 of his 20 years as a geologist across multiple commodities, and coordinating exploration activities, resource development and mining teams.

Dacian is saying farewell to outgoing founding director and foundation shareholder Barry Patterson, who will elect his retirement at the company’s annual general meeting in November.

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