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Executive Leadership

Boart Longyear has developed an executive leadership team by bringing together professionals at the top of their fields in the industry. This group will lead Boart Longyear to future growth and development.

Jeffrey Olsen

Mr. Olsen was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer on March 1, 2016 after serving as Chief Financial Officer since 2014. Before joining Boart Longyear, he served as Chief Commercial Officer for Rio Tinto’s Iron & Titanium business since 2010. Prior to that time, he was Chief Financial Officer for Rio Tinto’s Borax and Minerals divisions for approximately eight years, and held other financial roles at Rio Tinto for another six years earlier in his career. Mr. Olsen’s experience also includes financial roles at General Chemical Corporation and Xerox Corporation in the United States.

Mr. Olsen holds a Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of Utah and a Masters of Business from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester. 

Robert Closner

Mr. Closner was appointed Vice President, General Counsel and Executive Committee member in October 2017. Since joining the Company in 2008, Mr. Closner has served in several key leadership positions for Boart Longyear as Regional General Counsel, mostly recently responsible for the Americas, where he oversaw compliance matters, provided legal guidance and conducted customer negotiations. Prior to his VP appointment, Mr. Closner held the position of Interim Chief Commercial Officer.

Mr. Closner received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec and attained his Juris Doctorate in Law from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Denis Despres

Mr. Despres was appointed the Company’s Chief Operating Officer in September 2016. He began his career with Boart Longyear in 1981 and held various positions with progressive responsibility in the Company’s drilling services and products divisions over the next 26 years, including as Senior VP, Drilling Services. After leaving Boart Longyear in 2007, Mr. Despres founded his own drilling business, which was acquired by Major Drilling in 2010. He most recently served as Major’s Chief Operating Officer prior to rejoining Boart Longyear.

Mr. Despres studied in Ontario, Canada, and received a diploma in mechanical engineering technology from Algonquin College, a Bachelor of Engineering from Lakehead University and a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University, all of which are in Ontario, Canada.

Kari Plaster

Kari Plaster joined Boart Longyear as Vice President of Human Resources on October 30, 2017. Before joining the Company, Mrs. Plaster was the founder and CEO of Kindling Potential, a business coaching and consulting firm focusing on goal achievement and accountability. Prior to that, she spent several years with Rio Tinto in Senior Human Resources Management roles including Vice President, Human Resources, External Relations and Communications for the Iron Ore Company of Canada.

Mrs. Plaster holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Boise State University in Criminal Justice Administration.

Brendan Ryan

Mr. Ryan was appointed Chief Financial Officer on September 6, 2016. Before joining Boart Longyear, he served as Rio Tinto’s Global Head of Business Evaluation. Prior to that time, he held a number of senior executive roles with the company. Mr. Ryan’s experience also includes engineering and operations roles at Shell Coal in Australia.

Mr. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Mining Engineering from the University of Queensland and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Oxford.

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