Veteran mining executive Andrew Woodley has been named to oversee Newmont Mining Corp.’s North American business starting Jan. 2.

Woodley will succeed Tom Kerr, who has retired after 32 years with the Greenwood Village-based global gold-mining company (NYSE: NEM), Newmont announced Wednesday.

Newmont has surface and underground mines in Nevada and Colorado. The company says the North American region accounts for nearly one-third of its global production and 44 percent of its gold reserves.

Woodley previously ran the Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mining operations in Mongolia for Rio Tinto Ltd. (ASX: RIO) and before that was a mining executive in Mozambique, Australia and elsewhere.

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