Saint Louis, MO (PRWEB) January 24, 2013
The Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration estimates the U.S. mining sector will add 11,000 to 13,000 jobs annually over the next two decades. To guide the hiring and development of leaders focused on sustainable mining and metal production, The Doe Run Company has named Mark Coomes to the role of vice president of human resources and community relations.
Coomes will draw on nearly 15 years of human resources experience to manage Doe Run’s employee recruitment and development programs. Attracting and developing a skilled workforce is essential for Doe Run to meet the growing global demand for lead. While at Energizer Holdings Inc. and PepsiCo Inc., Coomes produced training programs for more than 15,000 employees and increased both minority and female employee representation. He also spearheaded a cross-functional team that established a new vision, mission and values to unify a multi-division company.
In addition to his corporate experience, Coomes brings extensive leadership and problem-solving training from his six years in various positions within the U.S. Army. He served as a U.S. Army captain and associate professor of military science at Cornell University.
“Mark brings both a depth of human resources management knowledge and a strong history of advancing the talent and diversity within a company’s workforce,” said Jerry Pyatt, president and CEO of Doe Run. “Doe Run’s success depends on our employees. Mark’s distinctive capabilities and experiences from industry-leading companies and the U.S. Army make him the right person to guide our continued commitment to our people.”
Coomes also is charged with managing the company’s efforts to continuously improve communication with both internal and external stakeholders – from employees, to residents near Doe Run operations, to customers. In recent years, Doe Run’s efforts have included an annual Sustainability Report to share progress on the company’s environmental, economic and social responsibilities, as well as a newly updated website that provides information about the company, its products and the mining industry.
Previously, Coomes held several positions at Energizer Holdings Inc., including director of human resources for the North American division of the Household Products business and director of training and organizational development. He also served as director of frontline selling capability at The Pepsi Bottling Group Inc., prior to it being acquired by PepsiCo Inc., where he was named to the Emerging Leader Development Program.
Coomes holds a bachelor’s degree in American history from the United States Military Academy (West Point) and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.
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.
Contact: Maggie Brandt