Newmont Management

At the heart of Newmont's business is the talented team of employees and contractors around the globe who represent diverse cultures and religious backgrounds. In addition to embracing this diversity, we aim to create a workplace culture that fosters leaders and enables all to succeed in their positions and grow in their careers. Our people create the value in the metals we mine, so we invest in ensuring a safe and respectful work environment, while providing the training and tools needed to achieve our goal of eliminating all workplace accidents, injuries and illnesses. Our people are our ambassadors in the communities where they live and work. We expect everyone, at every level, to act with integrity, trust and respect, be responsible stewards of the environment, and serve as role models in safety in the workplace and in their communities.

Officers

The officers of our management team have broad experience in both mining and many other industries. They bring unique qualifications, interests and viewpoints to Newmont and operate under the direction of the Board of Directors.



Executive Leadership Team

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Tom Palmer, President and Chief Executive Officer

Tom Palmer became President and Chief Executive and joined the Board of Directors of Newmont effective October 1, 2019. He served as President since June 2019 and as President and Chief Operating Officer from November 2018 until June 2019. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since May 2016. Mr. Palmer was elected Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific in February 2015 after serving as Senior Vice President, Indonesia since March 2014. Prior to joining Newmont, he was the Chief Operating Officer, Pilbara Mines at Rio Tinto Iron Ore. Over a 20-year career with Rio Tinto, Mr. Palmer worked in a variety of roles across a number of commodities, including General Manager, Technology for the Bauxite and Alumina business; General Manager, Operations at Hail Creek coal mine; and General Manager, Asset Management at Palabora Mining Company in South Africa. Mr. Palmer brings extensive experience leading teams and delivering production while implementing safety culture programs and improving diversity. He earned a Master of Engineering Science degree and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

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Rob Atkinson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Rob Atkinson joined Newmont in June 2019 as Executive Vice President  and Chief Operating Officer. With 30 years of mining industry experience, Rob has held a variety of roles leading operations and business improvement efforts in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Most recently, he served as Head of Productivity and Technical Support for Rio Tinto and was responsible for the company's $5 billion productivity improvement strategy. Rob also served as Chief Operating Officer for Rio Tinto's portfolio of copper interests in Mongolia, the US, Chile and Indonesia. Previously he led ASX‐listed Energy Resources of Australia as Chief Executive and Director, and served as General Manager of Weipa Bauxite, one of the world's largest bauxite operations. During his tenure with Rio Tinto, Rob oversaw the establishment of three technical centers of excellence, including Surface Mining, Underground Mining and Processing. He also has extensive operational experience in iron ore and surface and underground coal mining. Rob is a Fellow of the AusIMM and a Fellow of Ethical Leadership from Melbourne Business School. He holds a 1st Class Honors Bachelor's degree in Mining and Petroleum Engineering from Strathclyde University in Scotland.

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Jennifer Cmil, Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer

Jen Cmil was appointed Executive Vice President, Human Resources in October 2019 and as Senior Vice President, Human Resources in June 2019 after having previously served as Vice President, Talent Management since February 2018. Jen joined Newmont in 2010 and has held the roles of Group Executive, Human Resources and Senior Director, Human Resources. Prior to Newmont, Jen held leadership positions in human resources across multiple industries, including Vice President of Human Resources at Level 3 Telecommunications, Senior Human Resources Director at KB Home and Human Resources Business Partner at Sun Microsystems, where she began her career in 1994. She has a proven track record of partnering with senior leaders to increase performance and engagement through partnership with Human Resources and she is passionate about developing individuals and teams. Jen received her Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University and her Master’s of Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

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Mark Ebel, Acting Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

Mark Ebel was appointed as Acting Chief Legal Officer in July 2023. Mark has more than 30 years of experience as a transactional attorney. He joined Newmont in October 2011, and in addition to serving as the Interim Chief Legal Officer, leads Newmont’s transactional practice (M&A, financing, land, contracting) as well as several compliance functions. Previously, Mr. Ebel worked for 11 years as CFO, VP Corporate Development and General Counsel for Eyeris, Inc., a privately-held software company providing cost and profitability analysis software and services to the telecommunication, financial services and transportation industries. Mr. Ebel also spent 8 years as an associate and partner with Holland & Hart LLP, where his practice included representing public and private corporations, venture capital funds and underwriters in a variety of M&A and financing transactions.

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Dean Gehring, Executive Vice President & Chief Integration Officer & Chief Technology Officer

Dean Gehring was appointed as Chief Integration Officer in June 2023. Previously, he served as Chief Development Officer - Peru in 2023 and as Chief Technology Officer from June 2019 to January 2023. Dean joined Newmont in 2017 as Regional Senior Vice President South America and brings over 30 years of global operational experience, having lived in Canada, Indonesia, Peru, and the US. Prior to joining Newmont, he spent 14 years with global miner Rio Tinto, in a variety of executive roles including President and Chief Executive Officer of Rio Tinto Minerals, Global Head of Safety and Security and General Manager of Resource Development for the Oyu Tolgoi mine in Mongolia. Dean previously worked as Manager of Technical Services at Freeport's Grasberg mine and held various operational and technical roles with BHP Billiton prior to working for Freeport. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Idaho, and his Masters of Science in Project Management from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Dean holds a Nevada Professional Engineering registration and Project Management Professional certification.

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Karyn Ovelmen, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Karyn Ovelmen joined Newmont in May of 2023 and is a highly experienced financial professional, responsible for maintaining a robust and flexible balance sheet to support Newmont’s capital allocation strategy and oversee Newmont's Global Finance Functions. Karyn brings extensive global leadership experience to the role, having previously held Chief Financial Officer roles for highly complex and capital intensive companies in the resource and energy sectors, including Flowserve, LyondellBassell Industries NV, and Petroplus Holdings AG. Most recently, Karyn has been fully dedicated to Board of Director roles at Hess Corporation and Arcelor Mittal. Karyn has a strong commitment to developing high performing teams, continuous improvement and performance in global organizations having worked in the United States and the United Kingdom. Karyn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Connecticut and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of Texas.

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Suzanne Retallack , Executive Vice President and Chief Safety and Sustainability Officer

Suzanne joined Newmont in 2019 and appointed as Executive Vice President and Chief Safety and Sustainability Officer in June 2023 after previously serving as Vice President for Health, Safety and Security. Prior to joining Newmont, Suzanne held senior roles in Health and Safety, Environment and Security with Rio Tinto. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Western Australia, in addition to a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy and a Master of Business Administration from Curtin University in Australia.

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Peter Toth, Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer

Peter brings to Newmont more than 25 years of leadership experience working in the resources industry across various commodities. Peter has held senior strategic, commercial, and operational roles across Europe, Singapore, Australia and the United Kingdom with Rio Tinto, BHP, and OM Holdings. Most recently, Peter led Rio Tinto’s corporate strategy as Group Executive, Strategy and Development, with accountability for business development/M&A, strategic partnerships, climate and sustainability strategy, closure, and exploration. Toth joined Rio Tinto in 2014 as Global Head of Strategy and became Head of Corporate Development in 2015. He established Rio’s current corporate strategy team, streamlined Rio’s commodity and asset portfolio, and led the development of Rio’s 10-year climate strategy, supporting the company’s ambition of reaching net zero emissions by 2050. Prior to joining Rio Tinto, Toth was Chief Executive of the ASX-listed OM Holdings Ltd. (OMH), an integrated manganese and ferro-silicon company with global mining, smelting, and trading operations. He is noteworthy for strengthening OMH’s operational and financial performance. Toth began his career with BHP in 1994, where, over the course of 15 years, he held a series of roles of increasing responsibility and scope. Peter holds a Bachelor of Business degree from Monash University, a Graduate Certificate in Management from Deakin University, and a Master of International Business degree from the University of Melbourne, in addition to executive development programs at INSEAD, Stanford and Oxford University.

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Natascha Viljoen, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Natascha Viljoen joined Newmont in October 2023 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, bringing over 30 years of experience across a diverse range of commodities.

Previously, Natascha served as the CEO of Anglo American’s platinum business in South Africa since 2020, the world’s largest primary producer of platinum. At Anglo American, and was responsible for managing a team of more than 25,000 employees and six owned and joint venture mining operations with an integrated value chain and down-stream processing across two countries. Prior to her CEO appointment, Natascha held a series of operating and technical positions within the organization, including as Group Head of Processing. Prior to joining Anglo American, Natascha spent six years at Lonmin, where she served on the executive committee as Executive Vice President of Processing, also with responsibility for several wider corporate functions, including sustainability. Natascha is a metallurgical engineer and holds a Bachelor of Engineering from North West University in South Africa and an Executive MBA from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.