Regional General Managers

John Stafford 
Regional General Manager – Australia 

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John has held senior sales management roles in ASX listed companies for the past 15 years after studying business at QUT and juggling a professional sporting career across two codes and continents. He has managed business to business sales teams of up to 60 with clients and contracts won ranging from Sole Traders all the way to Multi-Nationals. With a proven track record in the industrial services sector John joined RPM in early 2012. John leads RPM’s technology sales team across Australia spreading RPM’s Enterprise strategy and products to the nations and the world’s largest and most influential miners. In FY15 the Australian team delivered the strongest regional result in RPM technology sales history with unprecedented market acceptance of its suite of Enterprise products championing RPM’s market reclassification to a software and services company.

Michael Fryke
President and General Manager – North America 

Michael has over 25 years of leadership experience in the mining, natural resource, utility, and transportation industries. Prior to joining RPM, Michael was a Partner at IBM Global Business Services as a Go To-Market Lead and member of the Communication Sector leadership team. Prior to joining IBM, Michael was a Vice President at Oracle and Director at Mincom. Michael has a BSME from Santa Clara University and a MBA from the Peter Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. 

Michael’s strengths reside in three key areas: Organisational Alignment, Operational Efficiency, and Technology Development. He has extensive experience in helping customers derive value from deploying Enterprise Software. Michael is based in Denver, Colorado. 

 

Mike Evans
Regional General Manager – Europe, Middle East, and Africa

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Mike has over 28 years of experience in hands-on sales and leadership experience in the IT industry. In this time, Mike has held positions of operational responsibility for various global technology companies, from start-up’s through to maturity. He has a proven ability to build competent, empowered global sales and delivery teams while ensuring that individual employee growth and development as well as company objectives are met. 

Mike’s unwavering customer and employee satisfaction focus have earned him an industry-wide reputation for integrity and fairness. Mike relates well to both technical and functional aspects of the software and services industry having worked across many industry sectors including Finance, Retail, Telecoms, Manufacturing, Mining and Natural Resources, Utilities, Supply Chain, Defence, Transportation, Local and Central Government. 

Allen Vaughn
Regional General Manager – Asia, India, Eastern Europe, and Russia 

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Allen was appointed General Manager in July 2015.  Prior to joining RPM, Allen was CEO of Strategy Optimisation Systems, a leading long-term planning solutions provider. He has over 25 years of experience delivering customer value and driving revenue growth for software focused companies.

Allen’s special focus is new market entry, international growth and developing global operations capability.  He has extensive knowledge of the global mining solutions industry.  Allen has served as Executive Vice President for both Gemcom and Mincom previously.

Allen holds a Master of Arts from Georgetown University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Queensland.  Allen is an Alumni of Harvard Business School and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Gary Poole
President – Latin America 

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Gary is the President at RPMGlobal, Latin America, providing advising, software, consulting and professional development services in the natural Resources industries. Gary speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish and has lived in 3 different countries throughout his career. He believes that his success has been the result of his ability to build long term relationships with customers and to deliver on commitments. Gary’s unwavering customer and employee satisfaction focus have earned him an industry-wide reputation for integrity and fairness. Gary has worked across many industry sectors including Manufacturing, Mining & Natural Resources, Utilities, Supply Chain, Defence, Transportation, and Government.

 

Regional General Managers – Advisory 

Simon Askey-Doran
General Manager, Business Development – Advisory

Simon joined RPMGlobal in a senior commercial role in 2011 with over 25 years experience in business leadership roles in the mining and services industries. Prior to joining RPM in 2011, Simon worked in management consulting and business coaching for 10 years following an extensive career with ICI and Orica Mining services in Australia and Asia over 17 years. This formed a solid core knowledge of the mining industry and included managing the Quarrying and Construction sector in Queensland, the rapidly developing mining markets in Papua New Guinea, the Coal sector in Queensland as State Manager for WA. 

During his time at RPM, Simon has lead business development and commercial processes from small independent reviews to multi-billion dollar transactions and major feasibility studies. 

Mike Rowlands
Head of Coal – Australia, Asia, Russia, CIS

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Mike has over 30 years of experience in both open cut and underground coal. He has extensive practical experience as a senior mine engineer working both on the client side for both open cut and underground operations, as well as in consulting firms as a consulting manager for underground coal undertaking work spanning from scoping right through to feasibility studies. Mike has demonstrated skills in the management of multi-disciplined projects, spanning mine concept, feasibility and optimisation studies, technical and financial due diligence assessments and strategic analysis. He has undertaken numerous domestic and international studies in planning and assessing bord and pillar, longwall, and highwall mining applications

 

Igor Bojanic
Head of Metals – Australia, Asia, Russia, CIS Region

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Igor has over 28 years of extensive experience in the mining industry having served in operational, managerial and consulting roles.  As a consultant he has completed over 200 mining studies including, including mine feasibility studies, independent technical reviews and estimation of mineral reserves.  These include technical studies for metalliferous, coal and quarry projects throughout the world.  Though he has experience in the Americas and Africa, much of his international focus has been within the Asia region with extensive work in Indonesia, Mongolia, India and China. 

Igor’s key strengths include project management, strategic analysis of new and existing mining projects to optimise value, and developing mine plans that deliver practical and achievable outcomes.  He is familiar with both the Australian JORC Code and the Canadian NI 43-101 reporting requirements. 

As well as a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours, Igor has supporting post-graduate qualifications in business and environmental management.

John Uhrie
President Advisory – Americas 

Dr. Uhrie has 20 years of experience with major mining companies including Phelps Dodge, Freeport McMoRan and Newmont, has operated mines on three continents and is highly experienced in operations, operations management, project development, engineering, and startups of copper and gold projects.  He is highly experienced in all aspects of owner’s side project engineering as both the process manager and project manager for prefeasibility through detailed engineering activities and is a recognized technical expert in sulfide processing of copper, heap bio-leaching, pressure oxidation, and SXEW.  Dr. Uhrie has authored 18 technical publications and one book, holds 2 US Patents, is a Registered PE (Mining and Minerals Processing), and is a Qualified Professional through the MMSA.  Dr. Uhrie is fluent in English and Spanish.