The Mine of the Future™: Forecasting opportunities and challenges for the global mining industry

SME keynote speaker Harry “Red” Conger, President Americas division at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.


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Harry M. (Red) Conger is president of the Americas division at Freeport-McMoRan and is responsible for management of the company's North and South America copper mining operations. This includes seven mining operations in North America and two mining operations in South America and associated downstream processing facilities, with more than 13,000 employees and annual copper production of 2.9 billion pounds. He also has environmental and corporate social leadership responsibilities in the United States, Chile and Peru.

Mr. Conger began his career at the Kennecott copper mine at Bingham Canyon in Utah in 1977, which led to a 20-year career with Phelps Dodge Corporation overseeing all aspects of mining and processing at several North America operations and all South America operations. During that time, he progressed through a multitude of senior management roles of increasing responsibility before becoming president of Freeport-McMoRan Americas in 2007, following Freeport-McMoRan's acquisition of Phelps Dodge that same year.

Through his career, Mr. Conger has been recognized for his leadership in safety and is considered a leader in change management and production efficiency.

Mr. Conger currently serves as chairman of the National Mining Association, where he has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2007. He is co-chairman of the initiative Creating Global Prosperity: The Campaign for Mining, launched by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration. He was the recipient of the 2009 Daniel C. Jackling Award for his significant contributions to technical progress in mining and the 2007 Colorado School of Mines Distinguished Achievement Medal.

Mr. Conger is a former commissioner on the New Mexico mining commission, and also served on an Arizona water review commission. Mr. Conger received his bachelor of science in mining engineering from Colorado School of Mines. He has completed post-graduate executive management studies at Duke University Fuqua School of Business and Whitmore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire.