Dave Baker’s career has spanned 38 years in the mining industry. He recently retired after 32 years with Newmont Mining Corporation. He joined Newmont in 1980 as a geologist where in 1985, he moved to Newmont’s fledgling Environmental Department. He was elected Vice President, Environmental Affairs in 1991. Mr. Baker spent a significant amount of his career addressing the regulatory implications on mining operations with extensive experience in the permitting and development of major mining projects in the United States, Africa, Indonesia, Peru, Ghana, Australia, Canada and Uzbekistan. He has also been involved in financing major mining projects through the IFC, the United States Export/Import Bank and the EBRD among others. He participated in the Global Mining Initiative and the Mining, Metals and Sustainable Development (MMSD) and the founding of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM).
Mr. Baker served as Newmont’s first Chief Sustainability Officer where he had broad responsibility for developing and implementing Newmont’s global strategy for sustainability during an era of increasing stakeholder focus and expectations on corporate transparency, substantive community engagement and the broader issues around sustainability, value creation and shared value.
Mr. Baker received his Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Sciences – Geology from the University of Arizona and completed the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program for International Managers in 1997.
Mr. Baker has been actively involved in the evolution of the mining industry’s environmental and social responsibility and sustainability philosophy and approach, including the Global Mining Initiative and others.
Mr. Baker is on a temporary leave of absence from his Board decision-making role.