Coalspur names BHP Billiton veteran as new CFO

Coalspur Mines Ltd. (ASX: CPL, TSX: CPT), which is developing a coal mine in western Canada, said Aug. 22 that Robert (Rob) Gough has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer with effect from Oct. 1.

Gough previously worked at international miner BHP Billiton for a total of 16 years that included a number of senior executive roles. Most recently Gough was Vice President Finance (CFO) for BHP Billiton’s Energy Coal division based in Sydney, Australia. Gough’s prior roles at BHP Billiton include VP Finance (CFO) in the Minerals Exploration division and VP Business Development in both the Energy Coal and Diamonds and Specialty Products divisions.

Coalspur President and CEO Gill Winckler said: “Rob brings to Coalspur a diverse financial acumen across multiple industry segments, including the thermal coal sector, and significant expertise in public company corporate finance as well as corporate development. Rob’s experience will serve us extremely well as we move towards construction on Vista. We are very pleased to have Rob join Coalspur, and his appointment now completes the building of the executive management team of the Company.”

Coalspur is a development company with about 55,000 hectares of coal leases located in the Hinton region of Alberta, Canada. Coalspur’s flagship project is the Vista project, which covers approximately 10,000 hectares and provides for the development of a large scale, surface mineable, thermal coal operation.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.