St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) September 4, 2009
Education is vital to the economic, social and environmental sustainability of the mining industry, and companies need to encourage and equip future leaders, Bruce Neil said today as the luncheon keynoter at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) Mining Engineering Conference in Rolla, Mo. Neil is president and chief executive officer of The Doe Run Company, one of the world's leading integrated lead producers.
"In a world that is complex and unpredictable, you need to start learning early, make the most of a demanding academic program and then continue to move your career forward through a systematic process of continuous development and lifelong learning," Neil said, in a presentation titled "Preparing the Next Generation of Leaders for the Mining Industry." He was the second keynote speaker for the two-day Capacity Renewal Conference, sponsored by the Missouri S&T Mining Engineering Department. Doe Run is a longtime partner of Missouri S&T, both for field research and student placement.
"Fewer than a dozen schools in the nation have robust programs in mining engineering," he said. "By the time high school students are considering their college choices, we've already lost too many of them to other fields."
In order to create greater understanding of and interest in natural resource management, such as mining, The Doe Run Company provides minerals education programs and tools to elementary school teachers and classrooms, explained Neil. "We reach as many as 1,000 students every year, teaching them about the minerals that are in everyday products. If we - collectively - don't create interest and excitement in technology and science in the early years, we won't have anyone studying these fields at the university level," he said.
"Once we recruit talented employees, organizations like ours have a responsibility to educate employees on what the corporation's definition and measure of success will be", Neil elaborated. "Companies need to look at how decisions affect communities and customers in order to protect long-term relationships. "Every investment - in fact, every decision - needs to take into account the triple bottom line of environmental, social and economic performance," he said.
Using the triple bottom line as its guide, Doe Run has approached talent management and development as a core business strategy. Neil said that it's up to an organization's leadership to give people the tools needed for development once they are on your team.
"People with the ability to think and manage across broad perspectives will have multiple choices where their career path will intersect with business needs," he concluded.
Neil has spent more than 30 years in the metals industry, spanning four companies and three countries. A native Canadian, he joined Doe Run in 1998 serving initially as operations manager of a smelter in Glover, Mo., and later as general manager. Under his leadership, the Glover facility achieved the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for seven consecutive years before being placed on care and maintenance.
From 2003 until 2006, Neil served as president of Doe Run Peru, which is now a sister corporation to The Doe Run Company. During his tenure in Peru, Neil led the company through years of record-low metal prices and unstable market conditions.
In 2006, Neil was named president and chief executive officer for The Doe Run Company where he steers one of the world's largest suppliers of lead products and related services, and one of the world's largest, single-site lead recycling facilities.
About The Doe Run Company
Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and the largest integrated lead producer in the Western Hemisphere. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates one of the world's largest, single-site lead recycling facilities, located in Boss, Mo. The Doe Run Company and its subsidiaries deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona. For more information, visit http://www.doerun.com.
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