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MEC Mining looks for further growth at home and abroad after naming Catania as CEO

Just over a year after stepping into the role of General Manager for Australia’s global engineering consultancy firm MEC Mining, Christofer Catania has been appointed its Chief Executive Officer.

The appointment comes as MEC makes strategic shifts to facilitate a new chapter of growth for the company, it said.

“This is an exciting time for our industry,” MEC Director, Simon Cohn, said. “The CEO role is new to our organisational structure and is something that we saw necessary to drive the aspirational goals of our business, while providing support for our existing team.”

MEC Mining’s global reach extends across Asia, Europe, Africa and Oceania, and the consultancy’s projects span a variety of minerals sectors. In 2019/20, it experienced 25% growth from the year before, largely associated with the establishment of its office in Western Australia (with its market in underground metals, particularly gold) and with MEC’s growing international presence.

The company says it is also thriving on Australia’s east coast, and its new geotechnical engineering arm has been a success.

Cohn added: “Chris Catania has high-level technical and operational expertise, combined with his experience in project management and leadership. This made him an exceptional General Manager as MEC focused on international growth, our burgeoning business in Western Australia, and MEC’s standalone advisory arm. He has a substantial history as a valued member of our team, and we look forward to working with him in the role of CEO.”

Catania’s association with MEC began around 15 years ago, when he was one of its first recruits. Since then, he has worked with MEC for nearly a decade in total. In recent years, he has progressed from Manager of Consulting Services to General Manager Operations, before being appointed General Manager in 2020.

“I am thrilled to be stepping into the role of CEO in a company that I thoroughly enjoy working in,” he said. “MEC has continually demonstrated its ability to respond to the market with agility and integrity, and I’m honoured to play a role in steering it towards an even brighter future.”

RPMGlobal counts up mining milestones while reflecting on its half century

RPMGlobal says, over the last 50 years, its consulting division has clocked up over 16,000 mining studies, with its software segment registering more than 4,500 global users.

With the organisation celebrating 50 years of delivering consulting and advisory services to the global mining industry, it said it has grown into the largest publicly traded independent group of mining technical experts in the world. This is alongside being a “pre-eminent supplier of technical software to all sectors of the industry”.

Reflecting on the company’s 50th anniversary, RPMGlobal Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Richard Mathews, said the company had remained true to its founding principles – established with Pincock Allen & Holt five decades ago – of providing deep domain expertise combined with industry-leading technology to the global mining sector.

“What the company has achieved since the launch of its first mining solutions product, Talpac, more than 40 years ago is testament to our passionate employees and strong executive leadership who continue to drive the company forward,” he said.

“RPMGlobal is deeply embedded in the mining industry and we are very proud to be able to continue supporting our customer’s along their journey as the industry advances.”

More recently, the acceleration of new investments in both software development and in strategic software acquisitions have strengthened the company’s position as a leader across scheduling, maintenance, execution, simulation and financial budgeting and costing technology, it said.

This includes the recent addition of a cloud-hosted offering for its enterprise software solutions.

“We are investing in technology solutions that enable our customers to move data inside and outside their enterprises. Intelligent mining is the future of the industry, and RPMGlobal is creating new benchmarks for the software of the future,” Mathews said.

RPMGlobal’s Consultancy & Advisory division, meanwhile, is seeing increased demand for its independent assessment and financier due diligence services, the company said.