Teck boss Don Lindsay announces retirement
The Board of Directors of Teck Resources Limited (Teck) announced July 26 that Don Lindsay has informed them of his intention to retire as President and CEO of the company effective September 30.
Teck’s Board has unanimously appointed Jonathan Price to succeed Lindsay as Chief Executive Officer and Harry “Red” Conger as President and Chief Operating Officer, also effective September 30.
Price and Conger will also be appointed to the board. Lindsay has agreed to stay on into the second quarter of 2023 as a resource to management and the board to support with the transition in the role of Executive Vice Chair. This is the culmination of a multi-year succession process.
“It has been an honour and a privilege to serve as Teck’s President and CEO for the past 17 years, and to have the opportunity to work alongside so many talented and dedicated people,” said Lindsay. “Together we have built Teck into an industry leader in sustainable resource development, with world-class operations, and an unmatched copper growth profile. Every day, our people and our products contribute to making the world a better place. I am extremely proud of what has been achieved during my tenure, and I look forward to supporting Jonathan and Red as they lead Teck into its next phase of growth and success.”
Lindsay has served as Teck’s President and CEO since 2005. Under his leadership, the company has delivered record financial and operational results, and returned significant capital to shareholders. During his tenure, Teck significantly expanded its resource base and production capacity and built one of the strongest copper growth pipelines in the industry, including the world-class QB2 copper project currently under construction in northern Chile.
The company most recently achieved record annual revenues and earnings in 2021 and four record-setting quarterly results through Q3/Q4 of 2021 and Q1/Q2 of 2022. He has driven Teck’s commitment to sustainability, positioning the company as an industry leader in ESG performance, including setting ambitious sustainability targets such as net-zero GHG emissions by 2050 and Nature Positive by 2030.
“Don and the board have been focused on succession for a number of years. We are delighted to have been able to recruit Jonathan and Red in 2020 and, under Don’s leadership, position them for successful advancement into these roles,” said Sheila Murray, Chair of Teck’s Board of Directors. “Jonathan is an internationally recognized leader in the mining sector and brings the right background, skills and experience to the role of CEO to further advance Teck’s balanced growth strategy.”
“On behalf of the Board, I want to thank Don Lindsay for his strong leadership, culminating with four consecutive record-setting quarters. Don has transformed Teck and today the company is well positioned for continued growth and value generation due to the strategy and solid foundation he has built, and the experienced and skilled leadership team he has put in place,” said Murray. “Don’s commitment to health and safety and sustainability, and his passion for the value that responsible resource development can deliver to the world are deeply ingrained in Teck’s culture, and he leaves an enduring legacy at all levels of the company.”
Price, incoming Chief Executive Officer, is currently Teck’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and is an experienced executive with a proven track record spanning over 20 years in mining, capital markets, business development and finance.
Before joining Teck in October 2020, he worked at BHP for 14 years in a variety of senior roles including Chief Transformation Officer, Vice President Finance and Vice President Investor Relations working in Asia, Australia, and the U.K. He has also worked in the Metals and Mining team at ABN AMRO Bank, and previously held various production and technical roles with former Canadian mining company INCO.
Conger, incoming President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), has served as Teck’s Executive Vice President and COO since September 2020. Prior to joining Teck, Mr. Conger held the role of President and COO – Americas with Freeport-McMoRan and brings a strong background in operations leadership, financial performance and delivering large-scale projects throughout the Americas.
He will focus on operational performance and delivery of Teck’s major projects including the final stage of construction at the QB2 copper project in Chile and advancing the QB Mill Expansion (QBME) project and other copper growth pipeline projects.
“I am excited and energized by the opportunities ahead for Teck to build on our existing strong foundation and position the company for long-term success. We will continue to execute on Teck’s strategy of balancing growth in copper with returning capital to shareholders and generating benefits for our people and the communities where we operate,” said Price.
Crystal Prystai, currently Vice President and Corporate Controller, will serve as interim Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately, while a search to identify a new CFO is undertaken.
Lead image: Outgoing Teck president and CEO Don Lindsay speaks during the opening of Kimberley’s SunMine in 2015. e-KNOW file photo