SSR Mining appoints O'Kane as new COO
May 4, 2018
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SSR Mining Inc. has announced that Alan Pangbourne will be retiring from his role as Chief Operating Officer effective May 31, with Kevin O’Kane taking over June 4.
“On behalf of the management team and Board of Directors I would like to thank Alan for his leadership, drive and the significant contribution he has made in the evolution of SSR Mining over the past five years. We all wish him much success as he starts retirement life,” said Paul Benson, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Having known Kevin for nearly 20 years when we worked together in the BHP Billiton Base Metals group, I look forward to working with him again as we continue to drive improvements across our portfolio to deliver long-term shareholder value.
“Kevin’s strong background in operations management, operational excellence, technical services, project development and safety will be invaluable as he leads our operating teams.”
O’Kane has more than 30 years of international experience developing and operating mines. Since joining BHP early in his career, his focus and success has been leading safety and productivity improvements, cost reductions, organizational and cultural change processes, including the Escondida mine in Chile, the world’s largest copper mine.
O’Kane joins SSR Mining having most recently been Asset President, Pampa Norte, BHP Minerals Americas and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
(SSR Mining Inc.)