08.06.2022

Reimaging Mining Economics with Craig Hutton

In the aftermath of the last supercycle (2000 – 2013), disenchanted investors demanded that the industry rethink its business model and prioritise shareholder value. Value over volume found favour with the investment community over the prioritisation of production volume growth, and the regular payment of dividends was regimented. As miners realigned their balance sheets and […]

01.04.2022

Global Head of Health and Safety

Stratum was retained by one of its key clients, a mid-tier multi-commodity mining company, to assist with finding their new Global Head of Health and Safety. Due to the nature of its operations, many of its people operate in high-risk environments. The mandate was to attract a high-level Health and Safety professional with a track […]

31.03.2022

March 2022 B1G1 Giving

Stratum International March 2022 B1G1 giving update: 100 days of food and shelter to people in need in South Africa through Community Chest of the Western Cape, South Africa. The Community Chest provides short-term care and psycho-social support to those who need it: daily, short-term, a home from home, a refuge, a bath, and breakfast. […]

10.03.2022

Country Director: Suriname

The position of Country Director for a mid-tier gold miner in Suriname became vacant due to retirement. The role reported directly to the Senior Vice President of International Affairs and Sustainability at head office. Their primary responsibility was to mitigate risk for the company’s investments in Suriname. Although the company had identified a suitable candidate, […]

25.01.2022

VP Executive: HR

Due to rapid growth within the region, a gold major identified the need to add leadership capacity to their Africa region Human Resources team. After reviewing internal talent, it was determined that the company would need to look externally for the right candidate. And to maintain stability within the existing team, the search needed to […]

25.01.2022

VP Exploration: Africa

To ensure its optimal position in a rapidly changing market, a gold major retained Stratum to recruit a VP of Exploration for their African assets with the goal of building exploration capacity on the continent. It was an opportunity for the successful candidate to put their mark on a growing exploration pipeline in a company […]

25.01.2022

New GM Leads Mine Turnaround in Canada

Stratum understands the importance of a mine’s General Manager. The Case Study below details a Mining Recruitment project we managed for a client in Canada – hiring a top-tier General Manager. TRANSFORMATION SUCCESS The incumbent increased production by 60% within six months, achieving the highest quarterly production and EBITDA in 15 years. Spearheaded the stabilisation […]

24.01.2022

Recruiting General Managers: A Global Challenge

One of the most critical assets in a mining company is its Mine General Manager (GM). Not only do these individuals manage production, but they should lead people, inspire strategic thinking, productivity, and innovation. Their ability to lead directly impacts profitability. And in many cases, the company might only have one or two producing assets. […]

18.10.2021

“An Uncertain Certainty” A Night With Chris Slabber

Stratum International is proud to have sponsored and hosted “An Uncertain Certainty”, a portrait series by Chris Slabber, a renowned South African artist. Cape Town came to a standstill – check out Chris’s work at @csartist on Instagram. In addition to Stratum’s charitable contributions to communities across Africa and South Africa, Stratum International has a […]

10.10.2021

Project Director Nickel

A LSE and TSX-listed nickel development company with assets in Brazil mandated Stratum to identify a Project Director to lead the development of their tier 1 ferronickel project. Download to read more.

22.09.2021

Stratum International’s Fantastic New Digital Brochure – Brand New Design

Introducing Stratum International’s fantastic new digital brochure in our new brand design. Be sure to check out the organisational charts of the roles we cover in mining recruitment and executive search globally. We will be launching our new website in mid-October! Exciting times! Download here .

31.08.2021

Knowledge is power – why farming beats fishing every time

“Information is the oil of the 21st century, and analytics is the combustion engine”, said Peter Sondergaard, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Research at Gartner, a few years ago. He couldn’t be more right. These days, accessing quality data and analysing it is any company’s most precious resource after its employees. Farming, not […]

13.08.2021

Group Contracts Manager Search

The Case Study below details a Stratum lead search for a group-level Contracts Management professional with a track record of successfully representing the commercial and contractual interests of a mid-tier multi-asset international gold mining company at all stages of contract formation, administration, and close-out. Download to read more.

03.08.2021

Stratum/Gen-XX Launch Video

Stratum International is proud to be the first company to back GenXX’s vision of ending period poverty so all women can have a dignified experience. In a world-first, GenXX has designed revolutionary reusable sanitary products. Please take a minute to watch the video of the event launch, below (has sound). We believe this product and initiative […]

22.07.2021

Turning mining recruitment into a truly human endeavour

It was Desmond Tutu who said that we should strive to be the change we would like to see in the world. We couldn’t agree more and believe businesses should be at the forefront of this responsibility. While Stratum has regularly contributed to good causes over the years, we recently decided to formalize a giving […]

24.11.2020

Hiring strategies: Making the best people "stick"

2020 has been the year when the ubiquitous phrase ‘our staff are our greatest resource’ became akin to an awakening. The storm of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to blow a stark reminder to businesses that their people are genuinely indispensable. Adjusted workforce needs, ominous risks, and the call for true leadership have been catapulted centre […]

31.01.2019

150 COO’s, VP’s and GM’s Assessed (Let this data help you achieve unprecedented retention rates)

“Why do organisations still pay to use executive search firms? Surely they can find anyone they want on LinkedIn.” At first, this feels like a reasonable question, and undoubtedly one that anyone working in our sector faces daily. Sure enough, finding people who can perform a role is pretty simple. Search for ‘COO and Mining’ […]

17.12.2018

Interviews with Mining Greats : Ross Beaty

  An interview about leadership in mining with Ross Beaty. Part of our Interviews with Mining Greats series. Ross Beaty needs little introduction to anyone involved in mining. Currently the chairman of Pan American Silver and Executive chairman of Alteria Power Corporation, Ross has created 14 successful businesses over four decades, creating more than $4 […]

05.12.2017

Interviews with Mining Greats: Mark O’Dea

  Interview with Mark O’Dea, part of our Interviews with Mining Greats series. Mark is one of the youngest interviewees in this interview series, but his achievements are just as impressive. He has launched and sold several companies since 2011, including Fronteer Gold and, most recently, True Gold Mining, which was acquired by Endeavour Mining […]

21.11.2017

Interviews with Mining Greats: Ian Pearce

  Interview about leadership in mining with Ian Pearce. Part of our interview series with the Mining Greats. With more than three decades of experience working at the most senior levels in mining, few people can rival Ian Pearce’s level of insight and experience. Ian famously worked with Sir Mick Davis at Xstrata plc, helping […]

09.11.2017

Interviews with Mining Greats: Rick Rule

  Will Coetzer interviews Rick Rule as part of our Interviews with Mining Greats series. Rick Rule is renowned as someone who works relentlessly in identifying and bringing mining companies to market. Over the years many people, particularly those in the junior space, have told me about times when he backed them when no one […]

30.10.2017

Interviews with Mining Greats: Catherine McLeod Seltzer

  Catherine McLeod-Seltzer is interviewed by Will Coetzer as part of our series of conversations with mining greats. I met Catherine McLeod Seltzer in London, during one of her UK transits to far-flung mining sites. With a track record stretching back 20 years, and with no signs of slowing down any time soon, Catherine is […]

08.08.2017

Interviews with Mining Greats: Lukas Lundin

  Leadership interview with Lukas Lundin – part of our Lessons from Mining Greats series. Lukas Lundin is part of the legendary Swedish Lundin dynasty and son to Adolf Lundin, who originally established Lundin Mining in 1994. One might assume that being born into a family of such achievement might dull the appetite for hard work […]

21.07.2017

Interviews with Mining Greats: Maryse Belanger

  As part of our Interviews with Mining Greats series, Will Coetzer interviews Maryse Belanger. Maryse Belanger became Chief Operating Officer at Atlantic Gold in the Summer of 2016. It seems that after 30 years in mining, very little fazes this multilingual French Canadian. When we spoke Maryse had only recently completed her turnaround of […]