CLEVELAND - Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. recently announced that Dana Byrne, vice president - government and public affairs, would retire from the Company effective July 1. The company said Mr. Byrne will assume a one-year consultancy role with Cliffs after his retirement.
Byrne began his career at Cliffs in the tax function in 1979. In 2004, Mr. Byrne was named to his current position where he has led all public affairs and government relations for the Company. Over the past three years, Byrne has been extensively involved with the Company's Chromite Project in the Ring of Fire located in northern Ontario.
Byrne earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from St. Joseph College. He has served as vice chairman of the National Mining Association government affairs committee, a board member of the Iron Mining Association of Minnesota, and a member of the American Iron and Steel Association's council of U.S. producers.
Cliffs also announced that Raga Elim, formerly director - global government relations, will succeed Mr. Byrne, as vice president - global corporate and government affairs. Raga will also assume responsibility for the company's global communications and public affairs functions. In 2011, Elim joined the Company as the director of global government relations after serving as the head of Rio Tinto's Washington, DC government affairs office. Mr. Elim has held numerous positions at the state level in Alaska and Washington and worked at the federal level in Washington, DC. In addition, Mr. Elim has also served as a speechwriter at the last four Presidential Election Conventions for one of the major political parties.