Two new chief executive appointments on Thursday struck me as quite symbolic. Poetic, even. Noble Corp
When Mark Jackson jumped ship from offshore driller Noble in the wake of the Transocean
Bernard Swanepoel left Harmony Gold under much more discordant circumstances. The South African miner, the world's fifth largest, had just warned of a production shortfall, not to mention a crippling cost creep. Thus, the longstanding executive's departure was far less mystifying.
It certainly hasn't been easy street for acting chief executive Graham Briggs, who can now drop the "acting" upon his permanent appointment. You may recall the near-disastrous mine accident in early October that trapped over 3,000 workers more than a mile underground. But there have been some bright spots as well, including the wise disposition of uranium assets, which mirrors a recent move by Newmont Mining
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