Accra, – In June of 2019, Francois Hardy assumed the helm at Newmont Goldcorp Africa and has been focused on enhancing safe, efficient and responsible production to ensure the company maintains a sustainable, long-term business.
Mr. Hardy took over from Alwyn Pretorius who now leads Newmont Goldcorp’s South America Region. With more than 17 years’ experience in mining and project development within the Newmont Goldcorp portfolio, Mr. Hardy most recently served as Regional Project Director for Australia. Prior to that he was General Manager of the Company’s Tanami gold mine in Australia where he led the turnaround of the operation into one of the Company’s best performing assets.
“The Africa Region has maintained strong performance and I congratulate the team for their skill and commitment to delivering our business strategy,” said Mr. Hardy. “I am honoured to join the region’s success story and believe that, together with the government and all stakeholders, we will continue to create value and improve lives through sustainable and responsible mining.”
Mr. Hardy joined Newmont in 2002 and has held a number of leadership roles in Global Program Management, Business Excellence and Technical Services, along with leading operations in Australia. Before joining Newmont, Mr. Hardy held positions at Avmin Ltd and De Beers Consolidated Mines.
His varied roles and rich experience in the gold mining sector and driving step change in operational performance will be valuable in taking forward Newmont Goldcorp Ghana’s project portfolio.
“We continue to focus on achieving exceptional performance while fulfilling our values and commitments to our stakeholders”, concluded Mr. Hardy. About Newmont Goldcorp Africa
Africa is one of five core operating districts of Newmont Goldcorp, the world’s leading gold company and a producer of copper, silver, zinc and lead. The Company’s world-class portfolio of assets, prospects and talent is anchored in favorable mining jurisdictions in North America, South America, Australia and Africa.
Newmont Goldcorp Africa holds two gold mining operations in Ghana: the Ahafo Mine in the Ahafo Region and the Akyem Mine in the Eastern Region. The company which is Ghana’s leading gold producer currently employs approximately 4,800 employees and contractors. Its Ahafo mine was named Mining Company of the Year in 2016 while the Akyem mine was adjudged the Best Company in Ghana for 2015 and 2016.
Newmont Goldcorp is the only gold producer listed in the S&P 500 Index and is widely recognized for its principled environmental, social and governance practices. The Company is an industry leader in value creation, supported by robust safety standards, superior execution and technical proficiency. Newmont Goldcorp was founded in 1921 and has been publicly traded since 1925.