Leadership

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS


 
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Paul Higgins

CEO & Chairman

Paul commenced his career as a civil engineer, but found that the business of engineering was his true passion.  After completing his MSc in Engineering Management, Paul worked in various roles at a large factory in Missouri.  He then spent a number of years with Clorox leading maintenance improvement efforts at 34 manufacturing facilities worldwide.

In 1994, Paul joined the fledgling Dingo Software, where he brought a novel approach to mining maintenance.  After spending years witnessing production facilities perform repairs in reaction to problems, he realised that mining companies could dramatically increase operational efficiency and save millions of dollars by proactively caring for equipment.
 
By extending the principles of human healthcare to maintenance, DINGO is able to make a material impact on the health, productivity, and life of assets.  This transformational thinking has made Dingo an industry standard in predictive maintenance and strategic data management in asset-intensive industries, including mining, wind, oil and gas, and rail.
 
 
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Boyd Payne

Director

Director since 2011, Boyd served most recently as Chief Executive Officer and President of Teck Coal Limited (formerly Elk Valley Coal Corp.)  Boyd has also been President of Fording ULC and Fording Canadian Coal Trust since January 2007.  Prior to his appointments to the Trust and Elk Valley Coal, he was Vice President, Marketing for BHP Billiton in Singapore and also served as Vice President of Marketing at Fording Coal Limited before his time at BHP. Boyd worked for two years at Manalta Coal Ltd., and served as a General Manager of Gregg River Resources Ltd., prior to 1989.

Boyd holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Victoria and also completed the Banff School of Advanced Management and the Executive Financial Programs at the Singapore campus of INSEAD.   Boyd was also the 2014 recipient of the Coal Association of Canada’s (CAC) highest honour, the Award of Distinction.
 
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Neal O’Connor 

DIRECTOR

Neal is a committed individual with significant executive management experience in major global mining organisations.

He was formerly General Counsel and Company Secretary and an Executive Committee member of the global Xstrata Copper. He has extensive experience in the resource industry and brings an added focus on Corporate Governance and Risk Management to the Board.


 
 
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RICHARD ADAMS

DIRECTOR

Richard is the Director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (IEC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). In this role he oversees the teams accountable for the NREL Innovation Initiative, the Industry Growth Forum, the Venture Capital Advisory Board, Investor Networking Initiatives, Regional and National Incubator Programs, the NREL Commercialization Assistance Program, the Lab’s Mentor-Protégé program and the Small Business Subcontracting program. Richard also serves as the Director of the Center for Renewable Energy Economic Development (CREED) a partnership between NREL, the State of Colorado and affiliated stakeholders who are devoted to clean energy economic development.

 

Prior to joining NREL, Richard was the CEO/President of Warralong Group, a management consulting firm primarily focused on startups and early stage growth companies.  His background also includes executive positions with publicly traded companies and a number of startups.

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Management


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COLIN DONNELLY

Director of Product Engineering

Colin has been with DINGO since 2000, and over the years has held several managerial positions including Operations Manager for the U.S. and Australia.  Previously, Colin worked for Rio Tinto Coal Australia in the roles of Coal Plant Superintendent and Technical Services Manager before relocating to the U.S. in 2000.  Colin earned his Bachelor of Mining Engineering from the University of Queensland.  Additionally, he completed a Graduate Diploma in Computing at Monash University.
 
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Gary Fouché

Vice President, Research and Development

Gary joined DINGO in the role of Vice President of Research and Development in the Spring of 2013, where he is responsible for leading DINGO's software strategies as well as the development teams.   Gary brings to DINGO extensive experience in software development and ERP implementation, having worked at such world-leading organizations as Mercedes-Benz, The Presidential Project Team, Mincom and TechnologyOne.  Gary earned his Bachelor of Commerce, Computer Science, Economics and Accounting from the University of Port Elizabeth in the beautiful Eastern Cape of South Africa.
 
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Kirstin Gaffney

Vice President, Marketing

Kirstin joined DINGO in early 2014 in the role of Vice President of Marketing. With extensive marketing experience at organizations ranging from entrepreneurial startups to Fortune 500 companies, she brings a unique blend of experience to the table. In previous brand, innovation and strategy roles at companies such as Sapient, Georgia-Pacific and MillerCoors, Kirstin has a proven track record of developing innovative marketing solutions that drive results. Kirstin received her Bachelor of Arts in History from Dartmouth College and earned her MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.
 
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tim swain

VICE PRESIDENT, business development

Tim joined DINGO in late 2016 in the newly created role of Vice President of Business Development. He is an asset management software subject matter expert with 18 years experience in the mining, processing, manufacturing and government sectors. He specialises in life cycle costing of heavy mining and process equipment and applies this skill to software deployments, business improvement projects and change management and Training. Tim is an SAP Certified Professional of 15 years and has Proven Business Development and Administration skills.
 
Tim has also consulted globally to major mining companies including BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Xstrata, Glencore, Newcrest, Newmont, British American Tobacco, Hitachi, and Westfarmers.
 
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Chuck Tollman

VICE PRESIDENT, operations

Chuck, who joined DINGO in 2007, leads Dingo’s international operations team of maintenance experts and is responsible for all aspects of program development and delivery to our global mining, energy and rail customers.
 
Prior to DINGO, Chuck worked in the Heavy Industrial Maintenance and Reliability field for over fifteen years, with six of those years being in management and leadership roles.  Chuck worked for Coors Brewing Company in Golden, Colorado at their glass manufacturing facility, and also worked for GST Steel in Kansas City, Missouri.  While working in Kansas City, Chuck attended college at Kansas City Metropolitan where he received his Associates in Industrial Science. Chuck holds several PDM certifications and is also a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional.