Gary Halverson joined Cliffs in November 2013 as president and chief operating officer. His initial focus will be building a deep understanding of the business at an operating level before assuming the CEO leadership position.
Mr. Halverson's experience spans across the gold, copper, and nickel mining industries. Most recently, he provided leadership for the largest gold region in the world at Barrick Gold Corporation Inc. He has experience managing large annual operating budgets and capital projects. At an operational level, he has been successful in optimizing well run mines, objectively assessing troubled operations and executing projects on-time and on budget. Many of the projects he has led included complex tailings and water management issues. These experiences include a wide range of underground and open-pit mines from the construction and development phases through the end-of-life stage.
At Barrick Gold Corporation Inc., Mr. Halverson was named interim chief operating officer this year and also is the regional president — North America for Barrick. During his tenure as a regional president, he has led a complete functional leadership team and was accountable for the regional business' P&L. The region includes 6,200 employees employed at 10 mines across Canada, United States and Dominican Republic. Barrick's North America unit was noted as the company's largest producing region and generated 47% of total 2012 production.
With Barrick since 2005, he joined the company as the general manager of the Cortez JV in North America. From 2006 to 2011, he took an assignment at the company's Australia Pacific division. He began as director of operations where he was responsible for four gold mines in Australia, Papua New Guinea, and Tasmania. He managed a successful integration of two operations and the start-up of a new mine. He was promoted to president — Australia Pacific in 2008 where he led a region of 6,500 employees across nine mine sites. He had full responsibility for the business' P&L including an annual $1.8 billion operating budget and $600 million for capital expenditures.
Prior to this, he was with Kinross Gold Corporation from 2000 to 2004 where he held general manager roles at the Hoyle Pond Mine and Placer Dome Mine, both located in the city of Timmins in Northeastern Ontario. Mr. Halverson was responsible for the consolidation of these two mines' assets. In addition, he was responsible for the approval and development of an open-pit mine. Mr. Halverson's experience also includes project and general management of the New Britannia mine in Manitoba and progressive experience at other mines across Canada.
Mr. Halverson received his Master of Business Administration from Athabasca University and a Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. He is an active member of mining industry and engineering associations, including the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario, Canadian Institute of Mining/Metallurgy (CIM), National Mining Association and the Nevada Mining Association.
Senior Vice President of U.S. Gulf of Mexico, Africa and Frontier Region of Noble Energy Inc., an international oil and gas exploration and production company, since May 2013.
Ms. Cunningham served as Senior Vice President of Exploration and Business Innovation from May 2007 to May 2013, Senior Vice President of Exploration and Corporate Reserves from October 2005 to May 2007, and Senior Vice President of Exploration of Noble Energy Inc. from 2001 to 2005.
Former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Portman Limited, an international iron ore mining company in Australia, from October 2002 through April 2005.
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Former Senior Vice Chair – Americas of Ernst & Young
Mr. Gaumond is the former Americas Senior Vice Chair – Markets of Ernst & Young LLP (a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services), a position he held from 2006 to 2010. Previously he served as Ernst & Young's Managing Partner, San Francisco from 2003 to 2006 and as an audit partner on several major clients. Prior to joining Ernst & Young, Mr. Gaumond was a partner with a 27 year career with Arthur Andersen LLP. Mr. Gaumond serves on the Boards of Directors and Audit Committees of Rayonier, Inc. and Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation. He is also a director and president of the Fishers Island Development Corporation and a director of the Walsh Park Benevolent Corporation. He is a former trustee of the California Academy of Sciences. Mr. Gaumond holds a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University, College of Arts and Sciences and an MBA from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University. He is a certified public accountant (inactive) in New York and California and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Mr. Gaumond has more than 35 years of managerial, financial and accounting experience working extensively with senior management, audit committees and boards of directors of public companies. We believe Mr. Gaumond's experience in financial accounting and reporting, compliance and internal controls, and public company audit committee experience allow him to contribute to our Board's oversight of the Company's overall financial performance, reporting and controls.
President and Chief Executive Officer of The AES Corporation, one of the world's largest independent power producers with operations in 26 countries.
Dr. Gluski has been employed by AES for 10 years and was appointed to his current position in 2011. Prior to that, he served as executive vice president and chief operating officer, executive vice president and regional president, Latin America, and senior vice president of the Caribbean and Central America business. Earlier in his professional career, he worked with the International Monetary Fund and served as director general of the Ministry of Finance and senior economic policy advisor to the Minister of planning in Venezuela.
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Deputy General Counsel, U.S. Congressional Office of Compliance, since November 2007.
Ms. Green has served as both as a labor organizer and as an attorney representing organized labor. She has worked in the legislative and Executive branches of the U.S. federal government. Ms. Green was originally proposed as a nominee for the Board of Directors by the United Steelworkers, or USW, pursuant to the terms of the 2004 labor agreement.
Former Senior Vice President (1998-2006), Chief Financial Officer (1994-2005) and Treasurer (2002-06) of Martin Marietta Materials, Inc., a producer of construction aggregates. Ms. Henry has been a member of The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, which engages in activities that contribute to the support and advancement of scientific research, technology and development.
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James Kirsch is the Company’s Chairman of the Board. He is also the non-executive leader of the Office of the Chairman.
Mr. Kirsch previously served as Chairman, President and CEO of Ferro Corporation, or Ferro, a global supplier of technology-based materials for a broad range of manufacturers, until November 2012. Mr. Kirsch was elected chairman of Ferro’s Board of Directors in December 2006 and appointed CEO and a Director of Ferro in November 2005. Mr. Kirsch joined Ferro in October 2004 as its President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Ferro from 2002 through 2004, Mr. Kirsch served as President of Premix Inc. and Quantum Composites, Inc., manufacturers of thermoset molding compounds, parts and subassemblies for the automotive, aerospace, electrical and HVAC industries. From 2000 through 2002, he served as President and Director of Ballard Generation Systems, a company engaged in the design, development, manufacture and sale of clean energy fuel cell products, and Vice President for Ballard Power Systems in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.
Mr. Kirsch brings a wealth of senior management experience with major organizations with international operations. As a former Chairman, President and CEO of a NYSE-listed company, he brings additional chairmanship and CEO experience to Cliffs’ Board and the committees on which he serves.
Mr. Stephen Johnson has served as McDermott International’s President and Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors, since July 2010, and as Chairman of the Board since May 2011. Previously, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of its subsidiary, J. Ray McDermott, S.A., from January 2010 to July 2010 and as President and Chief Operating Officer of McDermott International, Inc. from April 2009 to December 2009. Before joining McDermott, he held the position of Senior Executive Vice President and Member, Office of the Chairman at Washington Group International, prior to its sale to URS Corporation. In this role, he was an integral member of the team responsible for that company’s overall strategic direction, operations, and financial results. Johnson has been active in the engineering and construction industry for more than 40 years in both the U.S. and overseas, during a career that progressed from project assignments, sales and marketing, and business unit management to corporate executive management. He also lends his leadership to a number of organizations including the Business Roundtable. He previously served as chairman of the Engineering and Construction Industry Risk Institute (ERCI).
Chief Executive Officer of RKR Asset Management, a consulting organization, since June 2006.
Mr. Riederer served as Chief Executive Officer from January 1996, and President from January 1995 through February 2001, of Weirton Steel Corporation, a steel-producing company. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Franciscan University of Steubenville.
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Executive advisor of CCMP Capital Advisors LLC, a private equity firm, since 2012.
Mr. Sullivan served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Bucyrus International Inc. from 2004 until 2011, and President of Bucyrus International Inc. from 2000 to 2004
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