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September 15, 2019

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Michael Brown retiring as president of Barrick U.S.A.

62nd Annual Sun Youth Forum

Steve Marcus

Michael Brown, left, president of Barrick U.S.A, awards a scholarship to Mubarek Hussen, of Desert Oasis High School, during the 62nd annual Las Vegas Sun Youth Forum at the Las Vegas Convention Center Thursday Nov. 29, 2018. The Clark County School District and Barrick Gold Corporation partnered with the Las Vegas Sun to put on the forum.

Barrick Gold Corp. today announced management changes in the company’s North America region.

Michael Brown, president of Barrick U.S.A., will be retiring Dec. 31. Brown has been with Barrick since 1994 and has played a key role in the growth and development of the company’s U.S. operations over two and half decades, officials said.

Catherine Raw, chief financial officer at Barrick, will take over responsibility for U.S. operations Jan. 1 in the newly created position of chief operating officer for North America, the company said.

“Michael has worked tirelessly to connect Nevada’s mining industry with government, communities and organizations across the state, always with an emphasis on building mutually beneficial, long-term partnerships,” Barrick Executive Chairman John L. Thornton said. “We thank Michael for his substantial contributions and wish him success in his future endeavors.”

“It has been my honor to represent this great company since 1994 and to lead the industry on so many issues over the years,” Brown said. “Together with our employees and stakeholders, we have accomplished great things for the company as well as for the state of Nevada. I look forward to supporting a smooth transition as Catherine takes on her new position. I will think about Act 3 of my life when that is completed.”

Brown joined Barrick as vice president of government affairs in 1994. He became president of Barrick U.S.A. in 2015.

He was responsible for establishing Barrick’s presence in Southern Nevada with the opening of the Barrick Global Shared Services Center in Henderson in 2015.

Brown was the recipient of Nevada’s Education Hero Award in 2017, the Señores of Distinction in 2016 and the Civitas Laurel in 2015.