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.
Gary Halverson joined Cliffs in November 2013 as president and chief operating officer and was elected as a director of the Company. 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 leadership experience in operating mines across Canada, the U.S. and Asia Pacific, coupled with his proven large-scale project execution track record and deep technical and operational expertise will be significant as he leads the organization. In his new role, he will bring forth his financial discipline and focus on cost management to lead major investment decisions for the Company.
Mr. Halverson has over 30 years of experience in mining that spans across the gold, copper, and nickel industries. Most recently, he was interim chief operating officer at Barrick Gold Corporation Inc. during 2013. Mr. Halverson also provided leadership for the largest gold region in the world at Barrick Gold Corporation Inc. as regional president — North America since 2011. During his tenure as a regional president, he has led a complete functional leadership team and was accountable for the regional business' P&L. With Barrick since 2005, he began within the company’s operations where he held various management positions. He was promoted to president – Australia Pacific in 2008 where he led a region of 6,500 employees across nine mine sites till 2011.
Prior to Barrick, he was with Placer Dome in general manager roles at the Placer Dome Mine in Timmins, Ontario and the Cortez Mine in Nevada. He was also with Kinross Gold Corporation, where he held general manager role at the Hoyle Pond Mine in Timmins. 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 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.
Born in Canada, Mr. Halverson received his MBA from Athabasca University and a bachelor's degree 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.
Donald J. Gallagher was promoted to his position in January 2011, after having served as President of Cliffs’ North American business unit since 2007. In his current role, Mr. Gallagher has commercial responsibility for all of Cliffs’ global businesses including its global strategic marketing function. 06.
Mr. Gallagher joined Cliffs in 1981 as an ore sales representative in the commercial department. He has held various management positions within the Company, and was named Vice President - Sales in August 1998. Mr. Gallagher was then named Senior Vice President - CFO in 2003 and President of North American Iron Ore in 2006.
A native of Cleveland, OH, Mr. Gallagher earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Yale University and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. Mr. Gallagher has served as chairman of the Cleveland Section of The American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (A.I.M.E.) and is currently a member of the Iron and Steel Society of the A.I.M.E., and the American Iron and Steel Institute. He serves on the board of directors of Fifth Third Bank’s Northeastern Ohio affiliate and is also active in the local community, including serving on the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland.
Mr. Tompkins was appointed chief administrative officer for the Company in July 2013 with executive responsibility for the organization’s varied global administrative management functions. These functions support both mining operations and the corporate office with respect to critical business, reputational and risk issues as well as legal & regulatory compliance. Specifically, Mr. Tompkins oversees public and government affairs, environment and sustainability, human resources, legal, risk and audit, and strategy and business development. With the Company's emerging business in China, Mr. Tompkins is primarily responsible for fostering key partner relationships in China.
Mr. Tompkins joined Cliffs in May 2010, having previously been executive vice president and chief financial officer for RPM International Inc., a NYSE-listed, global specialty chemical company. Prior to becoming RPM’s chief financial officer, Mr. Tompkins served as RPM’s chief administrative officer and senior vice president and general counsel. Before joining RPM in 1996, he held various legal and management positions with Cleveland-based Reliance Electric Company and Exxon Corporation in Houston, Texas.
Mr. Tompkins received his B.A. degree from Mercyhurst College and his J.D. degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1981.
Mr. Tompkins is currently engaged with a number of organizations in Northeast Ohio serving as Chair of the Advisory Council for the Baldwin-Wallace University Center for Innovation & Growth and Chair of the Board of Directors of Magnificat High School, the largest all-girl Catholic high school in Ohio. Mr. Tompkins is a Director of the Great Lakes Science Center and of the Cleveland State University Foundation as well as a Trustee of the Playhouse Square Foundation and a Co-Chair of the United Way’s Humanitarian Society. In 2005-2006, Mr. Tompkins served as the 95th president of the Cleveland Bar Association and currently serves on the National Advisory Council of Cleveland-Marshall Law School and Co-Chairs its annual campaign to support its Fund for Excellence. He is a past Trustee of the Alzheimer’s Association and past Director of the University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Mr. Tompkins is a recipient of numerous awards, most recently receiving the Alzheimer’s Association Champion Award (2012); and the ORT Jurisprudence Award (2012).
Mr. Paradie holds executive responsibility for all finance, accounting, tax, treasury, and information technology functions within Cliffs.
Mr. Paradie joined Cliffs in 2007 as Vice President, Corporate Controller and was appointed to the additional position of Chief Accounting Officer in July 2009. Mr. Paradie was promoted to Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer in February 2011.
Mr. Paradie has had executive oversight for the internal and external accounting and reporting functions including SEC reporting and disclosures, as well as setting accounting and reporting policy. He was also responsible for managing control processes and procedures, along with planning and analysis for the company. Additionally, Mr. Paradie gained significant operational experience through serving as Senior Vice President and Assistant General Manager of Cliffs’ Michigan operations.
Prior to joining Cliffs, Paradie was with international accounting and consulting firm KPMG LLP since 1992 in a variety of roles, most recently as an audit partner. He earned his Bachelors of Commerce from the University of Windsor, with dual majors in accounting and finance, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Cliff Smith was named Executive Vice President, Global Operations in July 2013. Mr. Smith has executive oversight for Cliffs’ mining operations in the United States and Australia, representing a varied portfolio of controlled iron ore and coal interests.
Prior to his present role, Mr. Smith had global responsibility for business development at Cliffs, including the identification and evaluation of potential strategic transactions, due diligence and valuation, integration, and resource evaluation/quantification. He also led the exploration and development activities of the company’s Global Exploration Group. In addition, Mr. Smith previously served as Vice President, Latin American operations and technical, and General Manager – business development for Cliffs.
Prior to Cliffs, Mr. Smith held mine management positions with Asarco and South Peru Copper Corporation. He holds a BSc in mining engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
Mr. Vetor provides leadership for global safety and technical support at all of Cliffs’ operations worldwide, including responsibilities for global procurement, applied technology and the worldwide roll-out of standardized business improvement methodologies, such as six sigma and lean sigma techniques. In July 2013, Mr. Vetor assumed executive oversight for the Company’s Eastern Canada Iron Ore operations. Mr. Vetor was promoted to Senior Vice President, Global Operations Services in July 2011.
Mr. Vetor joined Cliffs in 2005 as Vice President of operations, and has served as Vice President, operations and Senior Vice President, North American Coal. Vetor has nearly 30 years' experience in operating roles at mines, both at Cliffs and Rio Tinto, where he was most recently Vice President of operations at Diavik Diamond Mines in Canada. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in business management from the University of Redlands and his MBA from the University of Phoenix.