Executive Committee members
The MMG Board has delegated the management of day-to-day operations of the company to the Chief Executive Officer and senior management team, the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is also required to report regularly to the Board on MMG's performance and the progress of key projects.
Mr Geoffrey (Xiaoyu) Gao
Chief Executive Officer
Mr Gao, aged 49, was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Company and redesignated from a Non-executive Director to an Executive Director of the Company in August 2018. He served as a Non-executive Director of the Company from April 2011 to July 2018. Mr Gao was a member of the Company’s Audit Committee, Governance and Nomination Committee, Remuneration Committee and Risk Management Committee from May 2013, February 2017, August 2015 and October 2015 to July 2018 respectively. Mr Gao is also a director of a subsidiary of the Company.
Mr Gao was appointed as a director of China Minmetals Non-ferrous Metals Company Limited (CMN) in February 2016. He is a director of certain subsidiaries of CMC, including Top Create Resources Limited (Top Create) since February 2012. Mr Gao was also appointed as the Chairman of Copper Partners Investment Co., Ltd. (Copper Partners Investment) in July 2016, and of Album Enterprises Limited (Album Enterprises) in May 2016.
Mr Gao holds a Master’s degree in Business Management from The Renmin University of China in the PRC. He has extensive experience in enterprise risk management and control.
Mr Gao joined the CMC and its subsidiaries (CMC Group) in 1993. He worked in the Futures department of China Nonferrous Metals Import and Export Corporation from 1993 to 1997. He was the General Manager of the Risk Management department of CMN from 2000 to 2009, the Vice President of CMN from January 2008 to February 2016 and the President of CMN from February 2016 to August 2018. Mr Gao was also the Vice President of China Minmetals Non-ferrous Metals Holding Company Limited (CMNH) from January 2011 to January 2016.
Mr Ross Carroll
Chief Financial Officer
Mr Carroll, aged 54, was appointed as CFO and a member of the Executive Committee of the Company in December 2015, with responsibility for Commercial and Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Project Delivery, Group Technical Services, Exploration, Counsel, Global Business Services and Technology. He is also a director of a number of subsidiaries of the Company.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr Carroll was CEO and managing director of Macmahon Holdings Limited (a company listed on the ASX), and previously held the positions of CFO and director of International Mining, and Chief Operating Officer of Mining at Macmahon Holdings Limited. Prior to that, he was CFO of Woodside Petroleum Limited, and also worked in senior financial roles within BHP Billiton Limited.
Mr Carroll has extensive experience in the mining industry and in corporate finance, capital management and business development. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and is a Certified Public Accountant with the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants. Mr Carroll is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was previously a member of the Executive Committee of the Western Australian Chamber of Mines.
Mr Xu Jiqing
Executive General Manager - Commercial
Mr Xu, aged 51, was appointed as an Executive Director and Executive General Manager - Strategic Planning of the Company in May 2013. His present role title is EGM - Commercial. Prior to that, Mr Xu served as a Non-executive Director of the Company from May 2009 until May 2013 and a member of the Company’s Audit Committee from July 2009 until May 2013. He is a director of a number of subsidiaries of the Company. Mr Xu was also appointed as a director of CMN in February 2016.
Mr Xu holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of International Business and Economics in the PRC, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Saint Mary’s University in Canada. He is a qualified senior accountant in the PRC, a fellowship member of the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada and a chartered professional accountant member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia, Canada. Mr Xu has extensive experience in accounting and corporate financial management.
Mr Xu joined the CMC Group in 1991. He was appointed as the Manager of Finance at Minmetals Development Co. Ltd. in 1997 and was promoted to Vice General Manager in 1999 and General Manager in 2000. Mr Xu was also the General Manager of Finance at China National Nonferrous Metals Industry Trading Group Corporation from July 2001 to April 2002, and the General Manager of Finance at CMN from April 2002 to December 2007. He was the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of CMN from December 2005 to November 2007 and the Vice President and CFO of CMN from December 2007 until May 2013. Mr Xu was the Vice President and CFO of CMNH from January 2011 until May 2013. He was the director of Album Enterprises and Top Create from December 2005 to October 2013 and from February 2012 to October 2013 respectively. Mr Xu was the director of Copper Partners Investment and Hunan Nonferrous Metals Holding Group Co., Ltd. (HNG) from March 2009 to December 2013 and from July 2010 to October 2013 respectively. He was also the director of CMNH and Jiangxi Tungsten Industry Group Co., Ltd. (Jiangxi Tungsten) from December 2009 to December 2014 and from April 2010 to August 2014 respectively.
Mr Troy Hey
Executive General Manager - Stakeholder Relations and People
Mr Hey, aged 48, has served on the Executive Committee of the Company since August 2013 in his capacity as the Executive General Manager − Stakeholder Relations. In this role, he is responsible for the Safety, Health, Environment, Communications, External Relations Security, Community and People functions. He is also a director of a subsidiary of the company.
Prior to joining the Company as General Manager − Stakeholder and Investor Relations in April 2011, Mr Hey was the General Manager − Media and Reputation at Foster’s Group since 2005. He was previously the Group Manager − Public Affairs for WMC Resources Limited, up to its acquisition by BHP Billiton in 2005. He began his career in economic and public policy consultancy at the Allen Consulting Group and Australian Centre for Corporate Public Affairs, before working across the aviation, entertainment and mining sectors.
Mr Hey has over 20 years’ experience in government, media, community and investor relations, economic and public policy, industry association and communications management.
Mr Hey has dual degrees in Law and Commerce from the University of Melbourne and is the recipient of an Australia-Japan Foundation Language Scholarship at Kwansei Gakuin University, Nishinomiya, Japan.
Mr Suresh Vadnagra
Executive General Manager Operations – Africa and Australia
Mr Vadnagra, aged 45, has served on the Executive Committee of the Company since January 2018 in his capacity as the Executive General Manager Operations – Americas. He is also a director of a number of subsidiaries of the Company.
Mr Vadnagra joined the Company in March 2011 and was appointed as the Group General Manager Operations – South America in December 2016. Prior to this, he was the General Manager of the Sepon mine in Lao PDR and the General Manager Operational Excellence, where he also led the integration of Las Bambas into MMG following its acquisition in 2014. Prior to joining the Company, Mr Vadnagra previously held senior roles in Iluka Resources and BHP Billiton Limited.
Mr Vadnagra holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Western Australia, a Master of Business Administration and Post Graduate Qualifications in Sustainable Energy Development.
Mr Wei Jianxian
Executive General Manager - Americas
Mr Wei, aged 54, has served on the Executive Committee of the Company since December 2019 in his capacity as the Executive General Manager – Americas.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr Wei was the President of Minmetals Mining Holdings Limited. He previously held the positions of the President of Minmetals Hansing Mining Co., Ltd and the President of Anhui Kaifa Mining Co., Ltd., managing the construction and operation of one of the China’s largest underground mines.
Mr Wei has over 30 years of both open pit and underground mining experience covering operations management and mine planning. Mr Wei is a Professoriate Senior Engineer of Mining and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mining Engineering from The Beijing Institute of Iron and Steel Engineering (now known as University of Science and Technology Beijing) in the PRC.