Thiess is the CIMIC Group’s contract mining company and the world’s largest mining services provider. Our team offers the widest range of in-house surface and underground mining capabilities. We have operations across six countries and our expertise spans the world’s major commodities. As industry leaders, our priorities are maintaining the safety of our people, delivering value for clients and CIMIC shareholders, and supporting our communities.”

Michael Wright, Managing Director of Thiess Michael Wright, Managing Director

From fully-resourced, end-to-end solutions to bespoke,targeted services and supporting clients’ in-house teams, Thiess offers clients flexibility.

Thiess delivers in all market conditions and has done so time and again, with some individual mine contracts spanning more than 20 years. Thiess’ portfolio includes leading greenfield mine operations as well as optimisation and turnaround contracts at brownfield sites. With a strong global track record in diverse mine environments, Thiess leverages this experience –through rich data, innovations and learnings – to solve problems, harness opportunities and deliver best-for-mine solutions.

Management and key statistics

  • Mining and mineral processing (Thiess and Sedgman) revenue – $2,786.2 million in the 12 months ended 31 December 2016.
  • Mining and mineral processing (Thiess and Sedgman) Work in Hand – $10,025.4 as at 31 December 2016.
  • Head Office – Brisbane.
  • Operates in – Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Indonesia, Mongolia, Botswana, Chile and India.

Managing Director Resume

Michael Wright

Michael Wright was appointed Group Executive Mining and Mineral processing in December 2016, and is responsible for leading CIMIC’s operating companies, Thiess and Sedgman.

Since joining the CIMIC Group in 1998, Michael has held a number of executive roles, including leading Thiess’ Australian Mining operations, managing the Thiess Services business, running Leighton Asia’s China and Mongolia business, and various senior leadership roles across Thiess.

Michael’s extensive experience spans more than 25 years in mining, engineering, tunnelling, environment, waste management, telecommunications and utilities.  These, in combination with his significant project management experience and leadership capability, provide a strong platform to lead CIMIC’s mining and mineral processing operations.

As a long-standing advocate for the mining industry, Michael is passionate about industry development, sustainability, diversity and inclusion.  He is a board member of the Minerals Council of Australia, Queensland Resources Council and the Sustainable Minerals Institute, which is affiliated with the University of Queensland.  In 2015, Michael became a member of the Queensland Male Champions of Change, and is committed to diversity and inclusion.

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