January 30, 2019 – Mining plays a vital role in the economy of states and regions where the industry is concentrated. The minerals and products produced in this sector are also critical to the nation’s economy. Mining industry employers, for their part, say that this year they expect the strongest industry sector comparisons labor market in 10 years, according to the latest “Employment Outlook Survey,” released by ManpowerGroup.
That is no doubt among the reasons that Toronto-based executive search firm Caldwell has decided to strengthen its recruiting capabilities in the global mining sector with the addition of Andrew Willson as a partner in the firm’s industrial practice, based in London.
“Andrew has extensive experience recruiting the senior-most mining executives around the world,” said Dave Winston, managing partner of Caldwell’s industrial practice. “With clients in Europe, South America, the U.S., Asia Pacific and Africa, he is exceptionally well-respected for his industry knowledge and search execution on the global stage. His addition to the team adds considerably to our already strong mining capabilities in Canada, the U.S. and Asia Pacific. We’re thrilled to have him on the team.”
Mr. Willson has noteworthy experience successfully completing complex executive search assignments in the extractive industries from the board level to senior management, said Caldwell. He has worked across a range of functional disciplines including projects, exploration, asset management, engineering, operations, maintenance and reliability, supply chain, IT, finance, safety and assurance. Additionally, Mr. Willson has sourced candidates internationally for owners, contractors, and service companies on a global basis.
Mr. Willson joins Caldwell after spending 10 years with Gerard Daniels, an international executive search firm specialized in the extractive industries. There, he progressed through roles of increasing seniority to managing partner for the EMEA region. Previously, he specialized in executive search within the infrastructure and transportation sectors, working for some of the major international infrastructure engineering consultancies and contractors in the industry as well as large public sector organizations in the U.K.
“Andrew’s hire further expands the London office footprint, which now includes experts across the industrial and financial services sectors, as well as functional specialists across finance, operations, risk and human resources” said John Wallace, chief executive officer. “Our focus continues to be on the strategic expansion of our partner team in industries and geographies that expand our ability to best serve our clients.”
Caldwell’s team has broad-ranging expertise in every industrial vertical and business function throughout North America and beyond. The firm’s industrial practice serves clients in the automotive, aerospace, agriculture, aviation, building products, capital equipment, chemicals, distribution, energy, logistics, marine, mining, natural resources, oil and gas, rail, trucking and warehousing sectors.
This past November Caldwell’s industrial grew with the addition of Kenneth Baillie as a partner in Houston. “Kenny is one of the pre-eminent oil and gas executive search recruiters in the market today,” said Mr. Winston. “He possesses a deep understanding of the sector and an exceptionally wide network of contacts. Kenny also brings highly developed, innate talent for understanding his clients’ needs and then identifying candidates who are the right fit from competency, behavioral, and cultural perspectives.”
The Mining Sector
The mining industry is famously dynamic and volatile with increasing skill shortages, expanding asset diversity and growing emphasis on operational performance, cost containment and capital protection, all on a global scale, said Lincoln Strategic. To compete in today’s market, companies must secure talent more aggressively and intelligently than ever before.
According to executive recruiters, global economic uncertainty has created a complex operational environment for mining firms characterized by price volatility, increasing costs, operational challenges and shifting regulation.
“In response, companies must invest in the recruitment and development of high quality global talent, with the skills to deliver cost reductions and productivity gains,” said Odgers Berndtson, a search firm with a specialty mining and minerals practice.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media