Phillips S. Baker, Jr., a director since 2001, has been our Chief Executive Officer since May 2003 and has served as our President since November 2001. He served as Hecla’s Chief Financial Officer from May 2001 to June 2003; Chief Operating Officer from November 2001 to May 2003; and Vice President from May 2001 to November 2001. He has also served as a Director of QEP Resources, Inc. (a leading independent natural gas and oil exploration and production company), since May 2010, as well as serving as a Director for Questar Corporation (a Western U.S. natural gas-focused exploration and production, interstate pipeline and local distribution company) from February 2004 through June 2010.
Lauren Roberts was appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in August 2019. Prior to rejoining Hecla, Mr. Roberts was Chief Operating Officer for Kinross Gold Corporation from October 2016 to April 2019, Sr. Vice President, Corporate Development from November 2015 to October 2016; Regional Vice President, Americas from October 2013 to November 2015; Regional Vice President, South America from April 2013 to October 2013; Regional Vice President, North America from June 2011 to April 2013; and held other various management positions from April 2004 to June 2011. Mr. Roberts also held various positions at Barrick Gold Corporation from November 1996 to April 2004. He previously worked for Hecla in various roles from January 1989 to November 1996. Mining engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the industry.
Russell D. Lawlar was appointed Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer effective March 1, 2021. He was appointed Treasurer in February 2018. Mr. Lawlar has held various positions of progressive responsibility since 2010, including being the Controller at the Company’s Greens Creek operation from February 2015 to February 2018. Prior to joining Hecla, Mr. Lawlar was an Audit Manager with BDO USA, LLP (an accounting firm) from August 2004 to November 2010.
Mr. Clary was appointed Senior Vice President – Chief Administrative Officer in July 2021. Prior to that, he was Vice President – Human Resources and Senior Counsel from February 2020 to June 2021. Mr. Clary also served in various roles for the company including Director – Human Resources and Senior Counsel from 2016 to January 2020 and Senior Counsel from 2006 to 2015. Prior to that, he held a number of positions at the Company’s operations in both Idaho and Nevada, including Controller/HR Manager at the Lucky Friday mine when he first joined Hecla in 1994. Prior to joining Hecla, Mr. Clary worked as a Certified Public Accountant for Ernst & Young and Deloitte & Touche.
David C. Sienko was appointed Vice President and General Counsel in January 2010. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Sienko was a partner of, and practiced law with K&L Gates LLP (a law firm) and its predecessor, Bell, Boyd & Lloyd, LLP, from 2004 to January 2010, where he specialized in counseling public and private entities on compliance with securities laws and trading market rules, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. Mr. Sienko was also an associate at Bell, Boyd & Lloyd, LLP from 2000 to 2004 and an associate in the Corporate and Securities Section of Locke Lord LLP (a law firm) from 1998 to 2000, as well as an attorney with the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission from 1995 to 1998.
Rob Brown was appointed Vice President – Corporate Development and Sustainability in July 2021. Prior to that, Mr. Brown was Vice President – Corporate Development from January 2016 to June 2021 and was a consultant for Hecla from March 2015 to December 2015. Mr. Brown was also appointed Vice President – Corporate Development of our Canadian subsidiary, Hecla Canada Ltd., in January 2016. Prior to joining Hecla, Mr. Brown was President of Septemus Consulting Ltd. from October 2011 to December 2015. He also served as Vice President – Corporate Development for Fortuna Silver Mines from May 2012 to October 2014 and was Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of Calibre Mining Corporation from March 2007 to June 2011. Prior to that, Mr. Brown was Manager, Exploration Business Development and Canadian Exploration for Barrick Gold Corporation from February 2003 to March 2007, and also held various positions with Barrick from 1999 to February 2003.
Kurt D. Allen was appointed Vice President – Exploration effective July 1, 2021. Prior to his appointment, he was Director of Exploration from 2019 to June 2021. Prior to that, Mr. Allen held various geology positions with Hecla in both exploration and operations including Director of New Projects from 2010 to 2019, Chief Geologist and Exploration Manager at Hecla’s San Sebastian Mine in Durango, Mexico, from 2000 to 2010, and at Hecla’s Rosebud Mine in Winnemucca, Nevada, from 1995 to 2000. Prior to joining Hecla, he worked in exploration for Geodome Resources and then CoCa Mines until Hecla purchased CoCa Mines in 1990. Mr. Allen has over 35 years of exploration/operations experience in the mining industry.
Stuart Absolom was appointed Vice President – Controller in January 2021. Prior to joining Hecla, Mr. Absolom was a partner with BDO, USA LLP (BDO), where he built and led BDO’s Atlantic Region Accounting and Reporting Advisory Services practice. Prior to BDO, Mr. Absolom was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), where he led PwC’s U.S. mining practice and served PwC’s largest mining clients. Mr. Absolom has over 25 years’ experience working with companies in the mining industry across the globe. He is a South African Chartered Accountant and licensed Certified Public Accountant.
Brian Erickson was appointed Vice President – General Manager of the company’s Greens Creek mine in Alaska in August 2019. Prior to that, he was Greens Creek Surface Operations Manager from September 2010 to July 2019; Maintenance Manager from October 2018 to August 2019, and Mine Manager from April 2008 to August 2010. Prior to joining Hecla, he held various positions at the Greens Creek mine, including Mine Superintendent, for Kennecott Greens Creek Mining Company (December 1996 – 2008) and Underground Production Geologist for Sunshine Mining & Refining Co. (1996). Mr. Erickson has over 20 years of production and maintenance of operating mines and geologist experience in the mining industry.
Carlos Aguiar was appointed Vice President – General Manager, of the company’s Lucky Friday Mine in July 2021. Prior to that, he was Vice President – General Manager, Minera Hecla, at the San Sebastian Mine from April 2016 to June 2021. He was project manager for the San Sebastian milling operation from July 2015 to March 2016. Mr. Aguiar has held a number of positions at the company’s operations in Mexico, Idaho and Venezuela, including Processing Superintendent at the La Choya mine in Mexico where he first joined Hecla in 1996. He began his career in 1995 as a metallurgist and has over 20 years of experience in engineering and management in the mining industry.
Ronald Durham was appointed Vice President – General Manager, Casa Berardi Mine effective January 2021. Prior to that, he was General Superintendent of Operations from 2015 to April 2020 and Director of Operations Optimization from May to December 2020. Prior to joining Hecla, Mr. Durham held positions with IAMGOLD (November 2010 to May 2012), Agnico Eagle (June 2012 to October 2013), Goldcorp – Eleonore Project (October 2013 to April 2014) and Richmont Mines – Island Gold Mine. Mr. Durham, a mining engineer, has over 25 years of experience in the mining industry, notably in planning and project management.
Eric Hill was appointed Vice President – General Manager of the company’s Corporate Technical Services team in May 2020. Prior to joining Hecla, Mr. Hill was with Kinross Gold, most recently as Vice President – Chile Projects from October 2018 to April 2020, Vice President & General Manager Fort Knox from August 2013 to September 2018, Operations Manager Fort Knox from May 2012 to July 2013, and Technical Services Manager Fort Knox from March 2011 to April 2012. He held previous leadership and operational roles with Kinross from 1997 to 2011, Santa Fe Pacific Gold from 1994 to 1997, AMAX Gold from 1990 to 1994. Mr. Hill, an engineer, has over 30 years of mining experience in various aspects of metallurgy, ore processing, mine engineering, open-pit operation, and project development.