Ishpeming native named general manager of Eagle Mine

Kristen Mariuzza

MARQUETTE – An Ishpeming native has been named to the general manager position at the Eagle Mine.

Eagle Mine, a subsidiary of Lundin Mining Corp., announced the appointment of its former Health, Safety, Environment and Permitting manager, Kristen Mariuzza, to the position effective Monday.

Mariuzza has significant experience from the early project phase to full production at Eagle Mine, the announcement states.

“Kristen’s strengths within management, leadership, and communication will help advance Eagle through the ongoing Eagle East growth phase and continue Eagle’s operational success,” President and CEO of Lundin Mining Paul Conibear said.

She succeeds Peter Richardson, who has been promoted to a senior corporate position within Lundin Mining. Richardson will continue to have executive oversight responsibilities at the Eagle Mine, the announcement states.

Mariuzza, a Westwood High School graduate, started her mining career as a Michigan Technological University college student working at the Empire Mine, both as an environmental intern and then in the pit as a vacation replacement.

She developed a passion for leadership in her field after earning her degree from MTU, the announcement states.

“When I started out driving production trucks at the Empire Mine as a college student, I certainly didn’t envision myself in this seat someday,” Mariuzza said. “I am very much looking forward to the new challenge and am committed to seeing Eagle further build on the success that we have achieved in our first years of operation.”

As a regulator for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Mariuzza assisted communities with water treatment system engineering and design and participated in the review of new and innovative treatment technologies that help protect water resources. Later, she held an integral role on Michigan’s stakeholder advisory board that crafted new mining legislation and became the Water Division mining specialist. In this position,

Mariuzza, a licensed professional engineer in the state of Michigan, served on the mining team responsible for reviewing a precedent-setting mine permit application under Michigan’s new mining law.

As a professional and influential leader in the mining industry Mariuzza has presented papers at national and international conferences for the American Exploration and Mining Association, the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, and Water for Mining. She also participated in the Natural Resources Leadership Academy through Michigan State University, Rio Tinto’s Operational Leadership Academy led by Duke University, and a Stakeholder Engagement Academy led by Georgetown University.

Mariuzza resides in Ishpeming with her husband and three teenage children, the announcement states. In her free time, she enjoys camping, boating or anything active, but especially enjoys meeting and learning from others.

Lisa Bowers can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.