Apr 12, 2016

Top 10 CEOs in the mining industry

Mining Global staff
4 min
Top 10 CEOs in the mining industry
Thanks to industrialization and globalization, the demand for valuable metals and minerals continues to grow. As a result, mining companies have the...

Thanks to industrialization and globalization, the demand for valuable metals and minerals continues to grow. As a result, mining companies have the potential to make millions, or even billions, of dollars in revenue. An ever-shifting market, though requires companies have leaders that are quick to adapt to new needs and strategies. A mining company needs to have access to management resources in order to take advantage of natural resources.

The following is a list of the top 10 mining company CEOs:

10. Anglo American - CEO Mark Cutifani

Anglo American is a mining company that is based in a number of countries, including the United Kingdom and South Africa. This mining company produces about 40% of the entire world's platinum, making it the largest platinum producer in the world. This company is also a major producer of nickel, diamonds, and copper.

9. Fortescue Metals Group - CEO Nev Power

An Australian mining company that specializes in the production of iron ore, Fortescue Metals Group is the fourth largest producer of iron ore in the world. This company also happens to be the largest tenement holder in all of Australia, as it possesses holdings of about 87,000 square kilometers.

8. Coal India Limited - CEO Suthartha Bhattacharya

Founded in 1975, Coal India Limited is headquartered in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. Not only is Coal India Limited the largest producer company for coal in the world, but it also produces about 82% of India's coal every year.

7. Barrick Gold - CEO John L. Thornton

As a global gold company, in 2013, Barrick Gold produced about 7.2 million ounces of gold. The man behind the success of the Barrick Gold company is CEO John L. Thornton. As an American, Thornton graduated with degrees from Harvard College, Oxford University, and Yale University. While Thornton's vast experience with the mining industry is certainly a factor that contributed to his success as leader, his world-class education also contributed to getting his foot in the door.

6. Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold - Richard Adkerson

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold reported revenue at US$15.88 million in 2015, with  67 percent coming from production of copper and another 10 percent coming from gold production. CEO Richard Adkerson bases his leadership skills in firsthand knowledge of the volatile mining industry, coming from his lengthy experience with the sister industry of oil and gas. Adkerson graduated from Harvard Business School.

5. Vale - CEO Murilo Ferreira

With a market value of US$27.9 billion in 2015, the success of multinational Brazilian corporation Vale can be attributed to CEO Murilo Ferreira. In 1977, Ferreira began his lengthy and very successful career as an economic and financial analyst. Ferreira has proved to be such an excellent leader thanks to 30 years of experience in the mining industry.

4. China Shenhua Energy - Chairman Ling Wen

 The main driver of the wild success of the China Shenhua Energy mining company is chairman Ling Wen. His dedication to the development of innovations in coal mining has turned China Shenhua Energy into the largest coal mining enterprise in the world. China Shenhua Energy brought in US$23 billion (157.7 billion yuan) in 2014.

3. Rio Tinto Group - CEO Sam Walsh

In 2014, the revenue of the Rio Tinto Group was a whopping US$47.66 billion. The current CEO of this British-Australian multinational metals and mining company is Sam Walsh. Born in Australia, Walsh has served as the CEO of the Rio Tinto Group for over 25 years. Committed to both his company and the preservation of the environment, Walsh’s strong leadership is driven by his industry experience.

2. BHP Billiton - CEO Andrew Mackenzie

As of 2015, the market value of BHP Billiton was US$122.3 billion. Scotsman Andrew Mackenzie took the helm as CEO in 2013, and so far has proven very successful in following the legacy of his predecessor. One factor that plays a great role in his success is his multinational approach to business: Mackenzie is fluent in five different languages and has endeavored to make BHP Billiton an even larger global force than it already is.

1. Glencore Xstrata - CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Without a doubt, the company Glencore is a key leader in the mining industry. 2013’s revenue of US$200 billion was funneled by the corporation's industrial and marketing activities in the coal, metals, oil, and minerals segments.

Ivan Glasenberg is the current CEO of Glencore. While Glasenberg originates from South Africa, he is also a citizen of Australia, Israel, and most recently, Switzerland. Without a doubt, the main reason Glasenberg is an excellent leader is due to his fearlessness when it comes to taking risks. While not all of these risks have paid off, some have, such as creating strategies for Asian markets and stock stability.

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Jan 30, 2019

Deloitte predicts industry transformation - Tracking the Trends 2019 report

Daniel Brightmore
3 min
Deloitte reveals top ten trends transforming mining in annual Tracking the Trends report
Deloitte has published the eleventh edition of its an...

Deloitte has published the eleventh edition of its annual report on the mining industry. Tracking the Trends identifies the top ten trends transforming the future of mining in 2019

The Deloitte report endeavours to provide the mining industry with insights it can leverage to support its continued quest for productivity, capital discipline, strategic development and sustainable growth.

Philip Hopwood, Deloitte’s Global Leader - Mining & Metals, commented: “It appears that the mining industry is poised for greater growth than it’s seen in a decade, but today’s market realities are very different than those of the past. We’re now dealing with geopolitical tensions in the form of trade wars and tariff concerns, as well as looming asset shortages. Rising commodity prices should fuel expansion, but could also result in a return of inflation and the costs that go with it, eventually eating into margins. 

Disruption and volatility has become the new normal and the pace of change is outpacing our ability to adapt. This makes it imperative for mining companies to clarify how they plan to drive value into the future and how they intend to respond when prices inevitably drop again.” 

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Here are the key messages provided by the 2019 report:

  • Disruption and volatilitymake it imperative for mining companies to clarify how they plan to drive value into the future and how they intend to respond when prices inevitably drop again. To thrive into the future, mining companies will need to challenge the status quo by soliciting a diversity of opinions and taking the risk to do things differently. 


  • Technology and artificial intelligence (AI) will play akey role, not only in helping companies envision future scenarios, but in identifying risks at an enterprise level and transforming the supply chain. Moreover, advances in finance platforms, sensor technology, autonomous vehicles, cloud- based solutions, and analytics are paving the way for the design of a digital mine. 


  • Understanding the needsand perceptions of people both inside and outside the organization will be critical. Companies must build amore diverse workplace and address succession planning, while fostering loyalty and retention among existing employees. At the same time companies must do more outreach to local communities, governments, and consumers so they can be more transparent and receptive. 


Top Ten Trends Transforming the Future of Mining:

  1. Rethinking mining strategy - Embedding the discipline to deliver measurable value across the cycle 
  2. The frontier of analytics and artifcial intelligenceMoving up the maturity curve 
  3. Managing risk in the digital era - Exploring a new approach to controls and risk management 
  4. Digitizing the supply chain - Why innovation requires integration 
  5. Driving sustainable shared social outcomes - Finding value beyond compliance 
  6. Exploring the water-energy nexus - Making the case for a systematic approach 
  7. Decoding capital projects - Learning from past mistakes
  8. Reimagining work, workers, and the workplace - A blueprint for the future 
  9. Operationalising diversity and inclusion programs - From theory to practice 
  10. Demanding provenanceEVs and battery minerals provoke the desire for provenance 

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