John Dow - Chairman and Independent Director, Pike River Coal.
"A geologist with 41 years experience as a successful greenfields explorer, exploration manager, and mining executive in New Zealand, South East Asia, the United States and Latin America.
"His most recent executive appointment was as chairman and managing director of Newmont Australia Limited, the Australian subsidiary of one of the world's largest gold producers.
"John Alan Stuart Dow, BSc (Hons), FAUS, IMM, CPM serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Newmont Yandal Operations Pty Ltd. Mr. Dow serves as Managing Director of Normandy Madencilik A.S. Mr. Dow served as an Executive Vice President of Newmont Mining Corporation from March 2002 to March 1, 2005. Mr. Dow served as the Managing Director of Newmont Australia Ltd. (Formerly, Normandy Mining Limited), a subsidiary of Newmont Mining Corporation, from March 2002 to March 1, 2005. He served as Executive Vice President of Newmont Mining Corp. of Canada Ltd., since March 2002. Mr. Dow served as Executive Vice President and Group Executive of Latin America of Newmont Mining Corporation from January 2001 to March 2002; Executive Vice President of Exploration from July 1999 to January 2001; Senior Vice President of Exploration from July 1996 to July 1999 and Vice President of Exploration from April 1992 to July 1996. Mr. Dow served as Senior Vice President of Exploration of Newmont Gold Company (NGC) since July 1996 and served as Senior Vice President of Exploration of Newmont Mining Corporation (NMC), a subsidiary of NGC. Mr. Dow served as Vice President, Exploration of NGC from April 1992 to May 1994. He held various senior exploration positions with NGC and its subsidiaries for more than five years. Mr. Dow served as an international executive for Newmont Mining Corporation since 1978 and held a number of senior operational and management positions throughout Newmont Group. Mr. Dow is a geologist with 24 years international experience with Newmont Mining Corporation. He serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Pike River Coal Limited ( a/k/a Pike River Coal Company Limited). He serves as the Chairman of the WA School of Mines External Advisory Board. He serves as the Chairman of the external advisory boards of the Western Australian School of Mines, Kalgoorlie, and of the CODES centre of excellence at the University of Tasmania. He has been the Non Executive Chairman of Troy Resources NL since October 2008. Mr. Dow served as an Independent Chairman of New Zealand Oil & Gas Ltd., since May 16, 2007. Mr. Dow served as Chairman of Newmont Australia Ltd., from March 2002 to March 1, 2005. He served as the Chairman of the Australian Gold Council. Mr. Dow has been an Executive Director of Newmont Yandal Operations Pty Ltd., since 2002. He has been a Director of Pike River Coal Limited since February 22, 2007. He has been a Non Executive Director of Troy Resources NL since February 15, 2006. He serves as a Non-executive Director of Glass Earth Limited. He serves as Director of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM). He served as an Independent Director of New Zealand Oil & Gas Ltd. since May 16, 2007. Mr. Dow served as a Non-Executive Director of Australian Magnesium Corporation Ltd. (now Advanced Magnesium Limited), until June 13, 2003. He serves as President of the Society of Economic Geologists. He served as Director of the Minerals Council of Australia. Mr. Dow has a Bachelor of Science Honours in Geology from University of Canterbury, New Zealand."