Richard is a proven change agent while working for several major mining leaders: BHP Billiton, Freeport McMoRan and Newmont Mining. He initiates the re-engineering of critical core processes that have resulted in multi-million dollar impacts to the financial bottom line. The roles that brought these results include: Operations Manager in achieving turnaround performance, NA Director of Projects providing divisional leadership, EPCM Project Manager completing successful project design, construction & start-ups and providing projects independent peer reviews on major projects (multiple Industries) including staff development through mentoring..
Richard Johnson is a strategically focused executive with extensive expertise in Mining & Metals projects including a background in feasibility studies, startups, commissioning and operations. He has a strong record in leading teams to successful project completion on budget and achieving or exceeding design capacities.
Richard Johnson has over 35 years in the mining industry.
Highlighted by serving as MPD Executive Board Chairman (2015) of SME and the following roles:
- JOHNSONMCS, LLC, Principal Consultant for BHP's Spence Growth Option Project, Sierra Gorda Phase II Expansion, and Minsur project developments. Also, consulting of Peer Reviews for Freeport Indonesia's Pyrite project and Tech Resources QB II expansion on the application of WGT's SFR flotation cells.
- BHP Billiton, Senior Manager Projects, responsible for Project Governance for the Americas (Houston, Texas)
Newmont Mining, Director of Projects, North America, responsible for the following projects; Phoenix Mill Expansion, Mill 5 Flotation Expansion and the UG Shaft Development at Leeville. (Elko, Nevada)
Aker Kvaerner, Project Manager, E&C, responsible for the following projects: BHP'S Tintaya Oxide and Feasibility Study for Vale's Projecto 118 SXEW. (San Ramon, California)
Magma Copper (BHP), Processing Manager for Operations and Start-up of the Robinson Cu & Au (Ely, Nevada)
Freeport McMoRan, Process Manager, responsible for the expansions to 32k & 52k and first SAG/Ball circuit (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Freeport Indonesia, Mill Manager, Expanded the operations from 12k to 52k (Tembagapura, Indonesia)
Freeport Gold, Mill Supt. Start-up and Commissioning of Freeport's Gold Operations.(Elko, Nevada)
Newmont Mining, Chief Metallurgist and Moly Plant Foremen at Magma Copper (San Manuel, Arizona)
Governance Role on Recent Projects