Solid Energy has appointed Australian mining executive Dan
Clifford as chief executive officer.
He would take up the position in early May, said stakeholder
relations manager Vicki Blyth.
Mr Clifford currently worked for Glencore as general manager
of the Ulan Complex that incorporated an opencast and two
underground mines in New South Wales, Ms Blyth said.
He began working in the mining industry more than 20 years
ago in Australia. His career had taken him to coal mines
across Queensland, New South Wales and South Africa.
He had worked for Anglo Coal and BHP Billiton in technical,
operations and regional management roles.
Mr Clifford had a degree in mining engineering, a first class
certificate of competency for underground coal mines, was a
member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and
had served in various directorship roles within Glencore's
Solid Energy acting chair, Pip Dunphy, said the board was
very pleased to have secured the appointment of an industry
executive with extensive opencast and underground experience,
to lead the company.
"Dan has successfully restructured mining operations to be
more efficient and economic and leaves behind, at Ulan, a
significantly improved health and safety performance across
that operation which produces 11 million tonnes of coal a
year, with a workforce of about 900 people."
Ms Dunphy said the Solid Energy board acknowledged the
leadership and commitment of Garry Diack who had been interim
chief executive since February 2013.
"Garry has led the company through a very difficult period of
change over the last year."
She said Mr Diack had worked effectively with board and his
management team in refocusing the business on its core coal
mining and marketing capabilities and restructuring the
company to give it the best possible chance of returning to
"Under Garry's leadership, the company has made very good
progress in responding to the fall in international coal
prices, reducing costs and focusing on cash generation," said
Mr Diack will finish work with Solid Energy about the same
time Mr Clifford arrives.
- Westport News