The HGM leadership Team is one of the most highly skilled in the industry – they have a combined 300 years of successfully discovering, developing, operating and reclaiming approximately 100 mines in various parts of the world.
James "Jim" Whittaker
Executive General Manager
James “Jim” Whittaker has nearly 30 years of mining experience managing operations in North and South America and is responsible for day to day operation and project development of the Haile Gold Mine. Mr. Whittaker joined OceanaGold in 2019 and has a strong track record of successfully developing high performance teams to increase business value. Mr. Whittaker has a Bachelor of Engineering qualification in Extractive Metallurgy and an Executive MBA.
Underground Projects Director
Sean Pearce has over 30 years of underground mining experience managing underground operations in Australia and the Philippines and is responsible for all Capital Project Development at the Haile Gold Mine. Mr. Pearce joined OceanaGold in 2016 and has a strong track record of successfully managing and developing new underground projects. Mr. Pearce has a Bachelor of Mining Engineering qualification and a Masters in Accountancy.
Director of Operations
Scott joined OceanaGold in early 2019 and has completed various roles onsite. He is a proven leader in the mining industry with technical/operational roles from exploration, project development through operations (mining and processing), logistics, and shipping. Scott holds a degree in mining engineering with honors and a frontline management diploma.
Open Pit Mine Manager
Scott Boylen brings over 30 years of mining industry experience and oversees all mine operations for Haile Gold Mine. He has worked at surface and underground mining operations in both the eastern and western United States, and has experience in the power utility, construction and business development aspects of the coal industry. Mr. Boylen has a strong educational background with an undergraduate degree in mining engineering from WVU Tech, an MBA from West Texas A&M University, a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Utah State University, and a master’s degree in Mine Safety from Marshall University.
Environmental and External Affairs Manager
Kevin Cook brings an extensive mining background to OceanaGold having served several previous large-scale operations across the United States since 1996. In his role on the Haile team, Mr. Cook oversees government and stakeholder relations, including directing social sustainability and community partnerships, to further collaboration between Haile and our community. Mr. Cook has both a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s of Science in Geology.
Technical Services Manager
Joseph “Joe” Lounsbery has more than 20 years of experience in the mining industry, serving operational teams in both the United States and Canada. An engineer by trade, Mr. Lounsbery has leveraged his background to provide technical data analysis, planning and leadership support across large operational departments. Mr. Lounsbery joined OceanaGold in 2019. He has a B.S. in Mining Engineering with a minor in Economics from the University of Missouri-Rolla.
For more than 18 years, Kalend Muteb has provided strategic financial analysis and business planning advice to leaders across the mining industry and optimized business processes in large operations. Muteb’s experience includes serving mining organizations across four continents. Fluent in French and English, Muteb holds a Master’s in Finance degree from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.
People & Culture Manager
Glenda Parkman is responsible for all phases of our HGM recruiting strategies, as well as employee relations, training, employee benefits, coaching, compliance with laws, and the administration of employee policies and procedures. Ms. Parkman joined Haile in 2010 after an impressive 29+ year career with the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce.
For more than 40 years Lyle Rosenbaum has worked in the mining industry, with 30 of those years on international assignment safely managing maintenance operations in locations including Guyana, Indonesia, Ghana, South Africa, Senegal, Australia, Chile, Peru, Vietnam, and the Canadian Arctic. At Haile, Mr. Rosenbaum will oversee maintenance for the entire site, which is currently the largest gold mine on the eastern half of the United States. Mr. Rosenbaum has a track record of managing “zero-harm” workplaces, sustainably yielding best-practice levels of HSEC performance. He has a degree in Chemical Engineering.
Luis Vargas brings more than 20 years of global mining experience to OceanaGold, with deep experience managing large scale process plants. Mr. Vargas will oversee the modern process operation at Haile, leveraging his knowledge of metallurgical processes optimization, safety and environmental control, and leading successful teams. Mr. Vargas holds both a professional chemistry degree and a Master’s in business administration.
Head of Security
Jeff Jackson manages all aspects of site Security: Security Assessments, Refinery Security, Emergency Management, and controls all access points for the Haile Gold Mine. Mr. Jackson retired with over 30 years of service with the rank of Captain within the State and Federal Law Enforcement field. Mr. Jackson joined Haile Gold Mine in 2010 and is a graduate from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy located in Columbia, S.C.