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Former Hudbay Manitoba head Lauzon takes over company's COO, senior VP spots

Flin Flon’s biggest mining company has a new executive near the top - one of its former Manitoba operations bosses.
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Flin Flon’s biggest mining company has a new executive near the top - one of its former Manitoba operations bosses.

The company announced Nov. 25 that Andre Lauzon would be appointed as Hudbay’s next senior vice-president and chief operating officer in January. Lauzon will take over the job from outgoing executive Cashel Meagher, who according to a Hudbay news release, “has provided notice that he will be leaving the company to pursue other interests.”

Lauzon joined Hudbay in 2016 and worked as the company’s Manitoba Business Unit vice-president until 2018, moving to observe progress with Hudbay’s Rosemont copper project. Lauzon took the job over from Rob Winton, who spent almost two decades with Hudbay including two years as the vice-president for the company’s Manitoba operations. The job is currently occupied by Rob Assabgui.

As of Nov. 29, Lauzon served as the vice-president of Hudbay’s Arizona Business Unit, working out of Tucson, not far from the Rosemont site.

“Andre’s appointment demonstrates the deep operational and technical bench strength at Hudbay,” said Hudbay president and chief executive officer Peter Kukielski in the company’s announcement.

“His promotion reflects both his readiness and his valued expertise and comes at an opportune time as our operations are embarking on a period of significant production and cash flow growth with the recent completion of our major brownfield investment programs. We look forward to having Andre play a key role in delivering our next stage of growth with our leading organic pipeline.”

Before joining Hudbay and running its Manitoba operations, Lauzon was part of Vale-Inco’s nickel operations in Sudbury, where he worked for nearly 20 years.

The company also announced it would promote Candace Brule, the company’s director of investor relations and media relations, to vice-president of investor relations. Brule will be tasked with overseeing Hudbay's communications work with both investors and media.