For Newmont’s Jerry Pfarr, Regional Vice President for Sustainability and External Relations (S&ER) for our North America region, mining runs in the family. In fact, Jerry’s father, siblings, and cousins had careers in mining in their home state of South Dakota.
Jerry joined Newmont shortly after starting work at the Twin Creeks mine in Nevada as a project engineer, which was owned by Santa Fe Pacific Gold (SFPG) at the time. A year after he joined SFPG, Newmont acquired the company and Jerry was appointed Chief Engineer. He continued to exercise and build on his leadership skills at both Twin Creeks and the Lone Tree Complex, serving as Chief Engineer, Maintenance Superintendent, and Mine Operations Manager.
His Role Today
Today, in his role leading our S&ER team in North America, Jerry oversees the company’s permitting, environmental compliance, closure and reclamation, community relations functions, along with Newmont’s ranching operations. On the North American Leadership Team (NALT), Jerry counsels our regional operations on regulatory developments and trends that could impact our business while leading the effort to ensure Newmont is an industry leader in environmental stewardship and social responsibility.
Looking toward the future, Jerry leads efforts to ensure we continue our excellence in environmental and social responsibility. “Newmont has long been — and strives to continue being — an industry leader in these efforts,” he noted. “Our outstanding record of environmental stewardship facilitates good working relationships with regulatory agencies, local communities and other stakeholders. By building trust with our stakeholders, we are able to secure the access, permits and social acceptance needed to build and operate safe, profitable and responsible mines.