Newmont names new Australia head, VP for workplace responsibility

2nd August 2022 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Top gold miner Newmont on Tuesday announced two senior operational leader appointments, naming Mia Gous as senior VP for the Australia region and Alex Bates as senior VP for workplace responsibility.

“Newmont continues to leverage our deep bench of experienced leaders with the appointment of Gous and Bates to these critical roles. Their individual strengths, including extensive operational and management expertise, will be tremendous assets to Newmont as we continue to lead the gold industry through our world-class portfolio of assets and project pipeline,” said Newmont president and CEO Tom Palmer.

“Equally important, they will both be key leaders as we strengthen our commitment to create an environment where everyone is welcomed, feels safe and can contribute and develop to their full potential.”

Gous joined Newmont in 2021, as GM for Boddington, leading Newmont’s Boddington operation in Western Australia. Gous is a chemical engineer with significant leadership experience in driving operational excellence. Across her 27-year career in the mining industry, she has led heavy minerals, zinc, lead, copper and gold operations in Africa, Europe, South America and Australia.

She has received the Influential Women in Chile – leadership award and in 2019 was named to Chile’s 100 female leaders list.

As senior VP for Australia, Gous will lead Newmont Australia’s delivery of value through its core values of safety, sustainability, integrity, inclusion and responsibility.

Bates has been with Newmont since 2015, leading the Australia region as senior VP since 2017. Prior to Newmont, he held senior operational leadership positions across the resources industry globally.

Bates is a member of the board of the Minerals Council of Australia, chairing the safety and sustainability committee. He has been a mentor for Women in Mining, West Australia and represents Newmont as a member of Australia’s CEOs for Gender Equity.

In this new role, Bates will report directly to Palmer, with focus on a culture that fosters a psychologically and physically safe workplace — free from any form of assault, harassment, bullying and discrimination.