International miner Newmont has announced its President and Chief Operating Officer, Gary Goldberg, will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer and join the Board in March after current CEO, Richard O'Brien, steps down.


Vincent A. Calarco, Chairman of the Board, said, "The Board is confident in Gary's abilities to lead Newmont forward as CEO, continue to sharpen our plan, drive consistent execution and deliver value for shareholders in the years ahead.  With three decades of experience in the mining industry, he has deep and proven operational expertise, strong strategic and analytical skills and outstanding leadership abilities." 


Goldberg joined Newmont in December 2011 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, with 30 years' experience in the mining industry. In July 2012 he was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer.  Prior to joining Newmont, he spent 30 years at Rio Tinto plc in increasingly senior positions in its gold, copper, coal, and industrial minerals businesses, including serving as President and CEO of Rio Tinto Minerals from 2006 to 2011. 


In addition to his positions at Rio Tinto, Mr. Goldberg served as Chairman of the National Mining Association in the U.S. from 2008 to 2010 and formed and led its CEO Safety Task Force.  While serving as President and CEO of Borax, the company was twice named America's safest large mining operation by the federal Mine Safety & Health Administration and Borax was the first mining company to receive the California Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award.  While serving as Managing Director of Coal & Allied Industries Limited, he was appointed to the Australian Government's Business Roundtable on Sustainable Development.