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Sandeep Biswas

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

BEng (Chem) (Hons), FAusIMM

Sandeep was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer on 4 July 2014. He joined Newcrest in January 2014, as Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer.

Skills, experience and expertise
Sandeep was previously Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Aluminium, a wholly owned subsidiary within the Rio Tinto group, which incorporated the bauxite, alumina, refining and smelting operations in Australia and New Zealand. He began his career with Mount Isa Mines, working in both Australia and Europe. Sandeep has also worked for Western Mining in Australia and Rio Tinto in Canada and Australia.  He has experience in research, operations, business development and projects, across commodities including aluminium, copper, lead, zinc and nickel.

Other Current Directorships / Appointments
Vice Chairman of the Minerals Council of Australia
Director of the World Gold Council (from 2017)
Member of ICMM Council

Gerard Bond

Finance Director and Chief Financial Officer

BComm, Graduate Diploma Applied Finance and Investment, Chartered Accountant, F Fin

Gerard was appointed to the Board in February 2012, after joining Newcrest as Finance Director and Chief Financial Officer in January 2012.

Skills, experience and expertise
Gerard has experience in the global financial and resources industry with Newcrest, BHP Billiton, Coopers & Lybrand and Price Waterhouse. Prior to joining Newcrest, Gerard was with BHP Billiton for over 14 years where he held a number of senior executive roles in Europe and Australia including in Mergers and Acquisitions, Treasury, as Deputy CFO of the Aluminium business, CFO and then Acting President of the Nickel business, and most recently was BHP Billiton’s Head of Group Human Resources.

Other Current Directorships / Appointments
Alternate Director of the World Gold Council

Craig Jetson

Executive General Manager

BEng (Mechanical)

Craig is leading the Lihir Agreements Review and supporting our PNG operations.

Craig joined Newcrest in 2014 as General Manager Lihir. Prior to joining Newcrest, Craig worked in various roles at Nyrstar, most recently as Vice President Smelting, based in Zurich, and General Manager and Director Nyrstar TN Mining Operations in the U.S. Craig has extensive international experience in both the metals processing and mining industries.

Craig Jones

Chief Operating Officer (Papua New Guinea)

BEng (Mechanical)

Craig is responsible for Newcrest’s Papua New Guinea assets including the Wafi-Golpu project and Lihir operations.

Craig joined Newcrest in 2008 and has held various senior management and executive roles, including General Manager Projects, General Manager Cadia, Executive General Manager – Projects and Asset Management, Executive General Manager - Australia and Indonesian Operations, Executive General Manager – Australian Operations and Projects and, most recently, Executive General Manager – Cadia and Morobe Mining Joint Venture. Prior to joining Newcrest, Craig worked in projects at Rio Tinto.

Ian Kemish AM

Chief People and Sustainability Officer

BA (Hons) Grad Dip Ed

Ian joined Newcrest in May 2016 with responsibility for government relations, social performance and media.

Prior to joining Newcrest Ian led ExxonMobil’s external relations in the Asia Pacific. This followed an extensive foreign service career, including as Australian High Commissioner to PNG, Ambassador to Germany, head of the Prime Minister’s international division, and leader of the consular service. Ian is a Board Member of the Australia-Indonesia Centre; an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Queensland; and a Fellow of the Lowy Institute for International Affairs. He was awarded membership of the Order of Australia for his leadership of Australia’s response to the 2002 Bali bombings.

Francesca Lee

Chief Legal, Risk and Compliance Officer (CLRCO)

BComm, LLB (Hons), LLM, Grad. Dip. CSP, AGIA 

Francesca joined Newcrest as General Counsel and Company Secretary in March 2014. 

She was General Counsel and Company Secretary of OZ Minerals Limited from 2008 until 2014, and its antecedent companies from 2003. Francesca has more than 26 years’ experience working across various senior legal and commercial roles within the mining industry including BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto Limited and Comalco Limited, including as General Manager Internal Audit and Risk at Rio Tinto Limited. She also spent several years as Vice President Structured Finance with Citibank Limited. Francesca currently sits on the board of the Australian Resources and Energy Group - AMMA. Francesca was a member of the Australian Government Takeovers Panel from 2009 until March 2015.

Michael Nossal

Chief Development Officer

MBA (Finance), Bsc

Mike is responsible for the company’s growth and development activities, including Newcrest’s global exploration program and a growing portfolio of strategic partnerships, farm-in arrangements and investments across Asia Pacific, West Africa and the Americas.

Mike joined Newcrest in July 2015. Prior to joining Newcrest Mike was at MMG where he was Executive General Manager Business Development. He has over 25 years’ resource industry experience in Australia and internationally and has worked extensively in the gold sector and base metals with En+ Group, Macquarie Bank, WMC Resources, Normandy Mining and Kenmare Resources.

Phil Stephenson

Chief Operating Officer (Australia, Indonesia & Americas)

Bsc, Grad. Dip. Mineral Processing Technology

Phil is responsible for Newcrest’s Cadia, Telfer, Gosowong and Red Chris operations.

Phil joined Newcrest in 2014 as General Manager Health Safety, Environment and Security. He has extensive international mining operations experience with 29 years in the industry working for some of the world’s largest mining companies, including Newmont Mining Corporation, Barrick Gold Corporation and Placer Dome Inc.

Bob Thiele

Acting Chief Technical & Projects Officer (CTPO)

Btech (Mechanical Engineering)

Bob joined Newcrest in 2017 as General Manager – Group Technical Services. He is currently Acting Chief Technical and Projects Officer, accountable for all activity conducted by Newcrest’s central technical functions, including Group Technical Services, Caving & Mining, Technology & Innovation, Digital & IT, Project Delivery, Resource Management, Metallurgy & Processing, Automation, T2 Operational Support and Material Business Interruption Risk.

Prior to Newcrest Bob worked in various organisations including 27 years in a range of roles at Barrick Gold Corporation and Placer Dome in Australia and Canada, including the General Manager – Business Improvement and as the Executive General Manager, Business Process at Placer Dome Inc.