Published On: 11/24/2015

Gary J. Goldberg to receive Daniel C. Jackling Award

The Award is considered one of the mineral industry’s most prestigious honors

The Mining & Exploration Division of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is pleased to announce that Gary J. Goldberg has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the Daniel C. Jackling Award. Established in 1953 and funded by the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME), the Jackling Award is presented for significant contributions to technical progress in the fields of mining, geology and geophysics. Daniel C. Jackling, for whom the award is named, was an Honorary Member of AIME and was its President in 1938.

Mr. Goldberg is being recognized for his lifelong commitment to health and safety, and specifically his demonstrable progress at both Newmont and Rio Tinto towards achieving zero harm. The award will be presented during the SME Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the Division’s luncheon on February 26, 2014. During the luncheon he will deliver a lecture titled, “The Journey toward Zero Harm.”

“Gary recognizes that a safe business is a successful business,” said SME Executive Director David L. Kanagy. “His leadership and commitment in this field has created a new safety paradigm in the mining industry.”

Mr. Goldberg was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Newmont Mining Corporation in March 2013. Since that time, he has led efforts to develop a new value-focused strategy; deliver nearly $1 billion in cost and efficiency improvements while meeting production targets; and set a new company record for lowering injury rates. During his time as President and CEO of Rio Tinto Minerals, Mr. Goldberg improved earnings by 50 percent and reduced workplace injuries by 40 percent. Prior to this position at Rio Tinto, he served as President and CEO of U.S. Borax. Under his leadership, Borax was twice named the safest large mining operation in the United States by the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration and became the first mining company to receive the California Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award.

Mr. Goldberg served as Chairman of the National Mining Association from 2008 to 2010, where he led the CEO’s Safety Task Force and launched the CORESafety® Initiative, with an aggressive goal of eliminating fatalities and reducing mining’s injury rate by 50 percent over a 5-year period.

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is a professional society (nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation) whose more than 15,000 membership represents all professionals serving the minerals industry in more than 100 countries. SME members include engineers, geologists, metallurgists, educators, students and researchers. SME advances the worldwide mining and underground construction community through information exchange and professional development. SME's staff is located in Englewood, Colorado.

For more information contact John Hayden, Deputy Executive Director - Public Affairs and Government Relations, at (303) 948-4250 or hayden@smenet.org.