Gary B. Halverson
President and Chief Operating Officer
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.
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.
new role, he
will bring forth his
financial discipline and focus on cost management to lead major investment decisions for the Company.
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.
also provided leadership for the largest gold region in the world at Barrick Gold Corporation Inc.
as regional president - North America since 2011.
tenure as a regional president, he
has led a complete functional leadership team and was accountable for the regional business' P&L
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.
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.