Board of Directors
The Boart Longyear Board of Directors bring a wealth of diverse experience from the mining sector and other industries, and are tasked to grow and lead the business into the future.
Mr. Rubin McDougal joined the Board of Directors on March 1, 2020 and was appointed Chair on November 16, 2021. Mr. McDougal has senior executive experience across manufacturing, marketing and logistics industries in Asia, Europe and the Americas. McDougal was CFO of Great Wolf Resorts from 2018 to 2021. Prior experience includes roles as Chief Financial Officer of CEVA Logistics, then NYSE listed CNH Global NV, and Whirlpool Europe. He held diverse roles ranging from leading product development to heading up global business units. He is currently on the boards of Element Fleet Management and Speedcast, LLC.
Mr. McDougal holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Utah.
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.
Ms. Michelle Ash has more than 25 years of experience in the mining sector with a focus on innovation, strategy, technology, and digital transformation. She is currently Vice President, Growth at BHP. Ms. Ash was previously, a Technology Executive at OZ Minerals, Chief Executive Officer, GEOVIA at Dassault Systèmes. Prior to Dassault Systemes, Ms. Ash was Chief Innovation Officer at Barrick Gold and Chief Operating Officer, General Manager, Bulyanhulu and EGM Business Improvement and Planning at Acacia Mining. Her experience includes planning, strategy and operational roles with BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance, Minerals and Metals Group, Leighton Contractors, HWE Mining, Australian Vinyls, Revolution Ash Consulting, and Rio Tinto.
Ms. Ash is chair of Magnium Australia, a director of GMGroup and Railveyor, and serves on the advisory boards of OffWorld, Minespider and Stratum AI.
Ms. Ash holds a Master of Business Administration from the Melbourne Business School, a Graduate Diploma of Business, Economics from Curtin University, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Deakin University, and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering, Geomechanics from Melbourne University.
Mr. Burt joined the Company’s Board on August 23, 2019 and serves as Chair of the Remuneration, Nomination and Human Resources Committee. His career includes more than 30 years’ experience in the global mining and finance industries in both executive management roles and serving on several boards. From 2005 to 2012 Mr. Burt held the role of President and CEO of Kinross Gold Corporation. Prior to joining Kinross Gold, Mr. Burt held the position of Vice Chairman and Executive Director of Corporate Development at Barrick Gold Corporation. Other previous positions include: Chairman, Deutsche Bank Canada and Deutsche Bank Securities Canada; global managing Director, global metals and mining for Deutsche Bank AG; and Managing Director and Co-head of the global mining group at BMO Nesbitt Burns.
Mr. Burt is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and a member of the Law Society of Ontario. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Guelph.
Mr. Lars Engström was appointed a Director of the Company on November 16, 2021 and serves as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. Mr. Engström has more than 30 years of senior management experience at leading Swedish mining and industrial companies. He is currently a board member of Samhall AB, Normet Group Oy and Alcadon Group. From 2016 to 2019, Mr. Engström was the Head of Sandvik’s Mining and Rock Technology business segment and Head of Mining business segment from 2015 to 2016. From 2014 to 2015, he served as the acting CEO and President of BE Group. In addition, from 2006 to 2014 Mr. Engström was the CEO and President of Munters AB. Prior to 2006, he held a number of leadership positions with Atlas Copco and Seco Tools.
Mr. Engström holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Linköping Institute of Technology and a Mechanical Engineering Degree from Rinmanskolan, Eskilstuna.
Ms. McCrae was appointed Director of the Company on August 1, 2022
Ms. McCrae is a professional geologist and executive who brings over 25 years of experience in the resource industry. Her experience ranges from early-stage exploration to mine sites across multiple commodities, driving economic discoveries and delivering innovation.
She was Director of Exploration and Growth for Barrick Gold, a global role operating as a member of the senior management team until 2019. Her experience also includes senior roles with De Beers Canada. She has recently been involved within mining and exploration through her company, Athena Geoscience, and as Vice President of Business Development with Novamera.
She holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Geology (BSc) from Western University and is a registered Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.) in Ontario.
Mr. McDonnell was appointed Director of the Company’s Board on November 17, 2021 and serves as Chair of the Governance, Safety and Sustainability Committee and is a member of the Remuneration, Nomination and Human Resources Committee.
Mr. McDonnell has over 25 years of experience in the Construction Equipment Rental Industry and is the Chief Executive Officer of Maxim Crane Works. He previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at United Rentals from 2019 to 2020. From 2018 to 2019, he was Executive Vice President, Sales and Specialty Operations and from 2016 to 2018 he was Senior Vice President Sales & Specialty Operations. From 2008 to 2016, Mr. McDonnell was Senior Vice President, Specialty Operations. His previous roles at United Rentals include Regional Vice President and District Manager. Mr. McDonnell joined United Rentals in1999 through the acquisition of D&E Steel Plate Rental.
During his tenure at United Rentals, Mr. McDonnell led the growth of the Company’s specialty segment to the largest network of its kind in the world.
Mr. Schulz was appointed a Director of the Company on 16 November 2021, and is a member of the Audit and Risk and the Governance, Safety and Sustainability Committees. Mr. Schulz brings more than 30 years of mining and construction experience and a Ph.D in mining. From 1 March 2022, Mr. Schulz is Group Chief Executive Officer of BILFINGER SE (Germany). From 2013 to 2021, he was Group Chief Executive Officer of FLSMIDTH (Denmark). From 2016 to 2021 he served as a Non-Executive Board Member of HYDRO A/S (Norway). From 2001 to 2012, Mr. Schulz held several leadership positions at SANDVIK (Sweden), including President - Construction, Senior Vice President, Chairman of SJL SHAN BAO (China), SRP AB (Sweden), Sandvik Extec (UK), Sandvik Fintec (UK), President - Construction Segment, Senior Vice President / Chairman of SRP AB (Sweden), Sandvik Extec (UK), Sandvik Fintec (UK). From 1998 to 2001, he was Business Area Manager, Department Crushing, Screening, Grinding, Pyro at Swedish manufacturer SVEDALA INDUSTRI (Sweden).
Mr. Schulz was awarded the Borchers Medal for extraordinary performance in Science from the Technical University of Aachen. He holds a Ph.D. in Mineral Mining and Quarrying and an Engineering Diploma in Mineral Processing from the Technical University of Aachen.
Mr. Tochilin joined the Board of Directors of Boart Longyear on January 17, 2020 and is a member of the Remuneration, Nomination and Human Resources Committee. He is a Senior Managing Director at Centerbridge Partners, L.P., the Company’s largest shareholder and investor. Since joining Centerbridge in 2013, his focus has been on investments in the Industrial sector. His prior experience includes being an Associate at TPG-Axon Capital Management in New York and London, and a Business Analyst in McKinsey & Company’s Corporate Finance Practice in New York. Mr. Tochilin serves on the Board of Directors of MacLean Power Systems.
Mr. Tochilin earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated magna cum laude. He continued with his graduate studies and holds a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Bao Truong joined the Company’s Board on November 16, 2021 and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee. Mr. Truong is a Senior Managing Director at Centerbridge Partners, L.P., Boart Longyear’s largest shareholder and investor. He joined Centerbridge in 2010 and focuses on investments across a range of industries. From 2004 to 2010, Mr. Truong was a Managing Director and Partner in the credit business of Fortress Investment Group LLC where he was a Senior Member of the Corporate Securities Group that was engaged principally in public market investments across the corporate capital structure, with a focus on distressed and special situations. Previously, Mr. Truong was a member of the Distressed and High-Yield Research and Trading business of Lehman Brothers Inc. He serves on the Board of Directors of Ambrosia Holdings L.P. (the holding company of TriMark USA), BGI Inc., Penhall Holding Company, Seitel Inc., and Speedcast Parent L.P.
Mr. Truong holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, a Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.