Michael Holmes was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of OceanaGold in April 2020. An accomplished mining engineer with more than 30 years’ experience working in Australia, New Zealand, The Philippines, and North and South America, he brings to the role extensive operational experience in underground and open pit gold, copper, lead, zinc and nickel mines.
Most recently, as Chief Operating Officer for OceanaGold, Mr Holmes was integral in leading responsible open pit and underground mining and processing of gold. Prior to this, he was General Manager of the Minera Alumbrera Operations in Argentina (Xstrata Copper), responsible for the large open pit, processing, transport, and port facilities and for the management of the feasibility study for the Agua Rica Project.
Prior to this he held several senior mine management positions in Australia, including General Manager of the Mount Isa Copper Operations (Xstrata Copper) where he oversaw operations at the large-scale underground mine and concentrator.
He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) Degree from the University of Queensland and is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.