Board of Directors
The Boart Longyear Board of Directors bring a wealth of experience from a diverse group of industries and are tasked to grow and lead the business into the future.
Mr O’Brien was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer on 1 April 2013. He brings over 25 years of operational, financial and leadership experience from the natural resources, energy and power industries. He was employed in various capacities between 2005 and March 2013 by NYSE-listed Newmont Mining Corporation, serving as President and CEO since 2007 and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer prior to that time. Before Newmont Mining, Mr O’Brien‘s executive roles included Chief Financial Officer of US-based natural gas utility company AGL Resources and Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at PacifiCorp, an electric power company.
Mr O’Brien holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Chicago and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Lewis and Clark Law School. He has been a director of Xcel Energy Inc. since August 2012 and a director of Vulcan Materials Company since October 2008.
Barbara Jeremiah was appointed a Director of the Company on 1 October 2011 and is a member of the Audit, Compliance and Risk Committee and Environment, Health and Safety Committee. On 18 February 2013, the Company announced that Ms Jeremiah was appointed the Chair of the Board effective 1 March 2013.
Ms Jeremiah is a non-executive director of Allegheny Technologies, Inc. (New York Stock Exchange) and First Niagara Financial Group (NASDAQ). She also serves on the board of two non-profit organizations in the United States. She has also served as a non-executive director of EQT, Inc. (New York Stock Exchange).
Ms Jeremiah’s professional career includes several senior executive roles for Alcoa, Inc. She retired as Alcoa’s Executive Vice President for Corporate Development in 2009 and in that role was responsible for leading Alcoa’s worldwide acquisition and divestiture activity as well as its strategic analysis of its business. Prior to her corporate development responsibilities, she held several senior positions in Alcoa’s legal department, including corporate secretary and assistant general counsel.
Ms Jeremiah received her JD from the University of Virginia School of Law and BA in Political Science from Brown University.
Bruce Brook was appointed a Director of the Company on 21 February 2007. He is Chairman of the Audit, Compliance and Risk Committee and a member of the Environment, Health and Safety Committee.
Mr Brook currently is Chairman of the Board of Programmed Group and a director of CSL Limited, the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation, the Deep Exploration Technologies Co-operative Research Centre and Newmont Mining Corporation (New York Stock Exchange). Mr Brook is also a member of the Audit Committee of the Salvation Army (Southern Territory).
Mr Brook was the Chief Financial Officer of WMC Resources Ltd from 2002 to 2005 and has approximately 30 years of experience in various management roles, including Deputy Chief Financial Officer of ANZ Banking Group Limited, Group Chief Accountant of Pacific Dunlop Limited, General Manager, Group Accounting at CRA Limited and General Manager, Accounting and Services at Pasminco Limited.
Mr Brook gained his B. Comm and B. Accounting at the University of Witwatersrand and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.
Roy Franklin was appointed a Director of the Company on 15 October 2010. He is the Chairman of the Environment, Health and Safety Committee and a member of the Audit, Compliance and Risk Committee.
Mr Franklin currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Keller Group PLC (London Stock Exchange) and a director of Santos Ltd (Australian Securities Exchange), Statoil ASA (Oslo Stock Exchange) and Cuadrilla Resources. He previously held directorships on a number of other corporate boards, including International Energy Group and Novera Energy.
Mr Franklin served as Chief Executive Officer of Paladin Resources from 1997 to 2006, was Managing Director of Clyde Petroleum from 1991 to 1997, and held a number of executive roles with British Petroleum earlier in his career.
Mr Franklin received his BS in Geology from the University of Southampton.
W. Peter Day
W. Peter Day was appointed a Director on 25 February 2014. Mr Day is a non-executive director and is a member of the Audit, Compliance and Risk Committee. Mr Day’s professional career includes senior executive roles in finance and general management in mining, manufacturing, food and financial services industries at companies including Bonlac Foods, Rio Tinto, CRA Limited and Comalco. He was Chief Financial Officer for Amcor for seven years until 2007.
Mr Day is a former Chairman of the Australian Accounting Standards Board and was Deputy Chairman of the Australian Securities & Investments Commission. He currently is a non-executive director of several ASX-listed companies, including Alumina, Ansell and SAI Global and is a member of the Takeovers Panel. He also participates in a number of public interest activities.
Mr Day’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Laws LLB (Hons) from Queen Victoria University in Manchester, England, and a Master of Administration from Monash University in Melbourne. He holds dual nationality in Australia and the United Kingdom and resides in Victoria.
Jonathan Lewinsohn was appointed a Director of the Company on 23 October 2014. Mr Lewinsohn is a Partner at Centerbridge Partners, LP. The firm manages approximately $25 billion of assets with a focus on credit, special situations, and private equity.
Prior to joining Centerbridge, Mr Lewinsohn was Head of Research and a permanent member of the Investment Committee at Anchorage Capital Group. He was previously a law clerk to Judge Richard A. Posner of the US Court of Appeals and began his career at Morgan Stanley in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group.
Mr Lewinsohn received his JD from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal, and his BA, summa cum laude, from Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences as a Merrill Presidential Scholar. He is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of Economic Club of New York. He previously served on the board of Martinrea-Honsel BV.
Tanya Fratto was appointed a Director of the Company on 1 June 2011 and is a member of the Environmental, Health and Safety Committee and the Remuneration and Nominations Committee.
Ms Fratto most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Innovations, the world’s leading supplier of manufactured diamond, cubic boron nitride (CBN), and polycrystalline products, from 2004 to April 2011. Ms Fratto also was an officer of the General Electric Company and held a number of leadership positions over more than 20 years there, including in general management, operations, sourcing, product management and marketing.
Ms Fratto received her BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Alabama.
David McLemore was appointed a Director on 21 February 2007 and became Chairman of the Board on 23 August 2010. He became Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Company on 3 October 2012, contemporaneously with the cessation of Mr Kipp’s employment, and served in that additional capacity until 31 March 2013. Mr McLemore has resigned as Chairman of the Board effective 1 March 2013, but otherwise will remain on the Board.
Mr McLemore is a member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee and served as the Chairman of the Committee during part of the financial year, having held the chairmanship from 22 March 2010 until resigning the post on 1 March 2012.
Mr McLemore has more than 35 years of industrial and broad operational experience. He has held a number of positions with various Advent International portfolio companies for more than 15 years and was involved with Advent International’s acquisition of the Boart Longyear Group from Anglo American plc. in 2005. Mr McLemore served at various times as Chairman, Deputy Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Boart Longyear Group from 2005 until 2007. He also served as a general manager of a General Electric Power Systems division from 1985 to 1997.
Mr McLemore received his BS from Oklahoma State University.
Rex McLennan was appointed a Director of the Company 24 August 2013.
Mr McLennan is a non-executive director and chairs the audit committee for Endeavour Silver Corporation (Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange).
Mr McLennan is a seasoned financial executive with over 30 years of progressive leadership experience in large, complex, multinational resource based companies where his responsibilities have included financial planning, administration and reporting, treasury operations, enterprise risk management, investor relations, internal audit, IT Systems and taxation functions.
For the past five years Mr McLennan served as Chief Financial Officer of Viterra Inc. (VT:TSX), a leading global agricultural products company primarily involved in the distribution, marketing and processing of grain and oilseeds with annual sales of over $11 billion, market capitalization of about $6 billion and over eight thousand employees worldwide. Viterra was acquired in December 2012 by Glencore International, and Mr Mclennan completed his role as CFO at that time.
Mr Mclennan also has significant experience in the energy resources industry, having held progressive leadership roles earlier in his career at Imperial Oil Limited, Exxon’s Canadian public oil company. His professional career also includes senior executive finance roles in the resources and other industries, including serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for major gold producer Placer Dome, Inc. prior to its acquisition by Barrick Gold Company. He subsequently held the same role with the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC) for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games where he led and successfully completed the development of the 2010 games operations budget, risk management and related financial functions.
Mr McLennan holds a Master of Business Administration from McGill University in Finance/Accounting, and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics/Economics from the University of British Columbia. He is also a member of Financial Executives International (FEI) and the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) as a recent graduate of the Director’s Education Program, University of Toronto, Rotman School of Business.
Conor Tochilin was appointed a Director of the Company on 18 December 2014. Mr Tochilin is a Principal at Centerbridge Partners, LP. The firm manages approximately $25 billion of assets with a focus on credit, special situations, and private equity.
Prior to joining Centerbridge, Mr. Tochilin was an Associate at TPG-Axon Capital Management in New York and London and a Business Analyst in McKinsey’s Corporate Finance Practice in New York.
Mr. Tochilin holds an A.B. in Economics and Philosophy, magna cum laude, from Harvard College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.