Newmont Nevada recently capitalized on our company’s extensive pool of international talent when it recruited an employee from our business in Australia to lead the North America region’s underground operations.
After spending the last 18 years down under, Nick Mosenthal, a South Africa native, along with his wife, Melinda, arrived in Nevada over the summer when he began as the new General Manager (GM) of Nevada’s underground mines, including Leeville and the Carlin portal mines. Nick said he and Melinda both looked forward to coming to Nevada and have wasted no time getting to know the area, particularly the Ruby Mountains, where they enjoy hiking and exploring. “The community and the employees at the mine have been very friendly and hospitable, and I really appreciate that,” he said.
Nick brings with him a complement of technical and leadership skills that have been honed over the last 32 years during a career chiefly focused on underground gold mining. Interestingly, mining was not even in his sights when he was younger and contemplating higher-education objectives. But a frustrating start to a long journey toward a law career compelled him to rethink his professional aspirations. When he expressed his disillusionment to a friend who was studying mine engineering, the friend suggested he look into mining. Mining was a familiar field to Nick, whose father had built a career in the industry. With his friend’s encouragement, Nick transferred out of his law curriculum and redirected his energies toward a mine engineering degree, ultimately graduating from the University of Witwatersrand (also known as Wits University) in Johannesburg, South Africa.
After college, Nick went to work for Randgold Mining Company, where he spent the first half of his career. In 1997, he moved to Australia to work for Mount Isa Mines on the George Fisher Project. Subsequent opportunities led him to Pasminco at the Elura mine, and then to MMG at the Golden Grove mine, where he served for six years as GM and Mining Manager. He was at MMG’s corporate office in Melbourne, looking to restart the Avebury Nickel mine in Tasmania, prior to joining Newmont’s Tanami Operations in June 2012. Then, the underground GM opportunity brought Nick to Newmont’s Carlin operations in Nevada in 2015.
Nick’s objectives for the Nevada underground operations teams focus on influencing employees to make safety a core value while living the Vital Behaviors. His immediate priorities on the operational side include helping Leeville resolve geotechnical issues and ensuring that the Turf Vent Shaft and Paste Plant transition smoothly from project status to operational status. Nick commented that his favorite part of taking on big challenges like those is the interaction among people. He has been especially encouraged by the productive collaboration between the planning/geotechnical teams at Leeville and those in Denver. He also praised the Carlin Portal Mines teams for continuing to perform ahead of the targets. “Wherever you go, you’ve always got technical solutions, but there are people solutions, as well, and dealing with people is pretty important,” Nick remarked. “I know there are huge challenges ahead of us, but the people are willing to address those challenges, and I know we will get to where we want to be. I’m looking forward to what’s ahead for us.”
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