Kirkland Lake Gold president-CEO Tony Makuch turned to his last stop at Lake Shore Gold to fill some of his new managerial slots at the mid-tier gold producer.
Pierre Rocque has been named the new vice-president of Canadian operations. With 25 years of experience as a mining engineer, Rocque has made career stops at St. Andrew Goldfields, Lake Shore Gold, Hemlo's Golden Giant Mine, Hoyle Pond and Agnico-Eagle's Joutel Mines and at the Olympic Dam mine in Australia.
Ian Holland was appointed as vice-president of Australian operations. Previously he was general manager of the Fosterville Gold Mine in Australia and has worked at various gold and base metal operations across Australia and Tasmania for more than 20 years.
Mark Utting is the new vice-president of investor relations. Utting is a chartered financial analyst with over 25 years of experience in investor relations and corporate communications, mainly in mining and financial services industries, having worked for Tahoe Resources, Lake Shore Gold, Dynatec and Rio Algom.
Brian Hagan fills the role of vice-president of health, safety and the environment. He brings 35 years of experience in the health, safety and environmental management field in North American mining industry. He performed the same role at Lake Shore Gold after working at FNX Mining and Dynatec. He’s a former chairman of the Ontario Mine Contractors Safety Association.
In a June 19 news release, Kirkland Lake Gold president-CEO Tony Makuch welcomed the depth of experience and knowledge he’s bringing aboard.
“We are confident that both Pierre and Ian will provide the necessary leadership to our operations teams. We are also pleased that both Mark and Brian will be joining our team. Mark is a seasoned investor relations professional who will greatly strengthen our shareholder outreach and investor relations program. Brian brings to the role an extensive background in the implementation and management of health, safety and environmental programs."
Kirkland Lake Gold’s two cornerstone operations are the Macassa Mine complex in Kirkland Lake and the Fosterville Mine located in the state of Victoria in Australia. The company expects to produce between 530,000 - 570,000 ounces of gold during its fiscal year.