COO Warwick Morley-Jepson to leave Kinross Gold
Mr. Morley-Jepson was appointed Chief Operating Officer on October 1, 2014. He first joined Kinross as Regional Vice-President, Russia in October 2009 and under his leadership, the Russia region consistently delivered strong operating results.
Mr. Morley-Jepson also led the development of the Dvoinoye mine, bringing it into production in 2013, on time and on budget.
A 35-year veteran of the gold mining industry, Mr. Morley-Jepson has extensive global experience, having held executive positions with several multinational gold mining companies, including Barrick Gold and Placer Dome.
Prior to joining Kinross, he was Chief Executive Officer of SUN Gold, a privately-held gold mining company with interests in Russia and Kazakhstan.
Mr. Morley-Jepson graduated from the faculty of Mechanical Engineering (HNDT) at the Technicon Witwatersrand, now part of the University of Johannesburg, in South Africa.
Lauren Roberts, a 25-year veteran of the gold mining industry, has been appointed the new COO from January 1, 2017.
Mr. Roberts has been with Kinross since 2004 and was most recently Senior Vice-President, Corporate Development.
At Kinross, he has held increasingly senior roles, including the Senior Regional Vice-President for the Americas region, which is the largest region in the Company's portfolio with five operating mines in three countries.
Mr. Roberts was also General Manager at the Company's underground Kettle River-Buckhorn mine, and the open-pit Fort Knox mine.
He has previously worked at Barrick Gold and Hecla Mining Company, has a BSc in Mining Engineering from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and is a Professional Engineer.
Kinross also announced the appointment of Paul Tomory to the Company's Senior Leadership Team in the newly created role of Chief Technical Officer from January 1, 2017.
Mr. Tomory has been with Kinross since 2008 in increasingly senior roles. He is a Professional Engineer and has previously worked at Bain & Company, focusing on mining and heavy industry, and at Golder Associates as a geotechnical and heavy civil works engineer.
Mr. Tomory has a B.A.Sc. and a M.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering (Mining) from the University of Toronto, and a MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.