Coeur d’Alene Mines Corporation (the “Company” or “Coeur”) (NYSE: CDE, TSX: CDM) today announced that Joe Phillips has been appointed to Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer where he will oversee all of Coeur’s capital projects, including the new La Preciosa Project in Mexico, which is the major asset of Coeur’s pending acquisition of Orko Silver Corp., subject to Orko shareholder approval and other closing conditions. In addition, William N. (Bill) Holder has been appointed Vice President of Health and Safety and will be responsible for designing and implementing the Company’s global safety and health systems and programs and improving health and safety performance Company-wide.
Mr. Phillips brings 40 years of experience in mine development and operations. Most recently, Mr. Phillips served as Senior Vice President of Operations and Development and acting Chief Operating Officer at Silver Standard Resources. Prior to that, Mr. Phillips served as Senior Vice President of Project Development at Pan American Silver where he was a member of the senior leadership team and led the construction and commissioning of four mines over seven years in Mexico, Argentina and Bolivia.
Mr. Phillips is a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines and has completed graduate studies in engineering management at the University of South Florida. He has served as a Director of the Chambers of Mines of Mexico, Chile and Ghana, Africa.
Bill Holder will join Coeur in mid-April as Vice President of Health and Safety after transitioning from his current role as Director of Health, Safety and Security for the potash division of The Mosaic Company, where he implemented ISO 18001 standards, a method of assessing and auditing occupational health and safety management systems. In addition to safety management expertise, Mr. Holder’s background also includes environmental, operations, maintenance and continuous improvement leadership experience.
Mr. Holder holds a Bachelor of Science in business management with an emphasis on leadership and human relations from the University of the Southwest in New Mexico.
Coeur d'Alene Mines Corporation is the largest U.S.-based primary silver producer and a growing gold producer. The Company has four precious metals mines in the Americas generating strong production, sales and cash flow in continued robust metals markets. Coeur produces from its wholly owned operations: the Palmarejo silver-gold mine in Mexico, the San Bartolomé silver mine in Bolivia, the Rochester silver-gold mine in Nevada and the Kensington gold mine in Alaska. The Company also owns a non-operating interest in a mine in Australia, and conducts ongoing exploration activities in Mexico, Argentina, Nevada, Alaska and Bolivia.