Christian Schmidt Practice Group Leader, London
Mining & Metals
Mining has recovered much faster than the economy as a whole, with the strong and sustained growth of China and other expanding economies generating significant demand for a wide variety of minerals and metals.
This renewed growth and the likelihood of long-term, increasing demand is creating a serious shortage of talent, particularly for some of the more operational positions such as large-scale project management, HSE and mining operations. In addition, a number of successful and growing mid-cap and junior mining companies are competing with the industry’s giants for the best of a shrinking talent pool.
Yet scarcity of talent is just part of the sector’s human capital challenge. To effectively deal with today’s global customer base, as well as heightened public, community and shareholder concerns and increased government regulation, the mining industry requires leaders with competencies that go beyond “traditional” operating and project management expertise. This requirement is exacerbated by the fact that there has been a marked shift of mining operations into “non-traditional” locations such as parts of South America, Africa and Asia. Effective community engagement and stakeholder management and the ability to navigate in an often challenging and changing regulatory environment will be critical for success in these new frontiers. The new breed of mining executives must work effectively with global constituencies, perform well under both public and internal pressures, and effectively collaborate with a multitude of stakeholders to make operations not only more safe and sustainable, but also more efficient and profitable.
Comprehensive Talent Development
Since its inception almost 40 years ago, Egon Zehnder has worked on a range of talent issues affecting the mining sector ranging from Executive Search, Board Consulting and CEO Succession to in-depth assessment of existing management teams (Team Effectiveness Review) and incumbent executives (Management Appraisal).
Our consultants are “insiders” in the industry who stay closely attuned to current and emerging trends and maintain strong networks in the sector. We can work with you to pinpoint your most critical current and future talent needs, and through our truly global coverage collaborate with you anywhere in the world. We have a committed team of mining experts present in all key geographies relevant to the industry.
We excel at CEO and Board succession planning as well as Executive Search, and can help you assess your leaders’ and candidates’ competencies not only against other executives in mining, but against relevant benchmarks in other industries, using our unmatched database of thousands of management appraisals conducted across #NUMBER_OF_OFFICES# Egon Zehnder offices worldwide. May it be Executive Search, Board Consulting, Management Appraisal or Team Effectiveness Review, our goal always is to enrich and constructively challenge your thinking to help you move towards the best possible talent strategy.
Egon Zehnder operates as a single global profit center, fostering a highly collaborative culture that is essential to serving clients in a truly global industry such as mining. Our mining industry experts work seamlessly with colleagues around the world to access the best available talent, putting the needs of our clients first and the entire Egon Zehnder network at their disposal.
Egon Zehnder provides you distinctly personal service while mobilizing the global resources, knowledge, and relationships that deliver extraordinary value.