- Company: Acacia Mining Plc
- Year of birth: 1962
- Last known country of residence: United Kingdom
Bradley Austin Gordon is a veteran mining executive who has spent over three decades in various managerial roles in the industry. He has vast experience in the gold industry of Papua New Guinea, Australia and Fiji. As in 2016 he is the CEO of Acacia Mining. Gordon is known for his invaluable role in transforming Acacai, which was known as Barrick Gold’s ‘problem child’ into a thriving concern.
Bradley Gordon enrolled at the Western Australia School of Mines in 1981 and achieved a Mining Engineering degree upon graduation in 1984, before launching his career. He later furthered his education by achieving an Executive MBA from one of the world’s leading private graduate business schools INSEAD at the school’s campus in France. Gordon graduated with an MBA in 2007.
After gaining experience in the mining sector, Bradley Gordon spent six years between 1998 and 2004 as general manager for mines like Placer Dome Niugini Ltd., Tuvatu Gold Mining Company Limited and Porgera mine. He also held the role of operations manager at Kalgoorlie West for Aurion Gold, Kanowna Belle for Delta Gold, Leonora for Sons of Gwalia mine and Vatukoula Gold Mine. In October 2004 du Plessis was appointed as managing director of Placer Dome in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea - a role he held for 18 months until March 2006. In April 2006 Bradley Gordon started as CEO of Emperor Mines Limited in Brisbane, Australia. Emperor is a subsidiary of Durban Roodepoort Deep Gold Mines in South Africa. He worked there for two years until accepting an offer of a role as CEO at Intrepid Mines Limited in March 2008 when Emperor and Intrepid merged. Intrepid is a listed Canadian and Australian precious metals company which operates primarily in Indonesia. Gordon remained in this role for five years and six months. He was headhunted by Acacia Mining Plc headquartered in London, United Kingdom where he started working in August 2013.
Bradley Gordon's Achievements
Bradley Gordon has a proven track record of extracting the maximum potential from every operation in the mining industry that he has managed. He places focus on reducing costs, increasing production and achieving optimum operational efficiency. Gordon’s goal is to extend the lives of mines. Since he joined Acacia Mines in 2013 the company has achieved unprecedented success. Previously known as African Barrick Gold the company was struggling with social unrest around operations, rising costs and increasing capital needs. In early 2013 the company was one of the worst performing stocks in the United Kingdom in its class. Since Gordon took over the management of the company Acacia Mining Plc has become the largest miner in Tanzania and has returned to free cash generation the following year for the first time in years. According to Gordon putting great assets and great people together inevitably leads to great things.