Respected mining technical leader Dr Michelle Carey and former Rio Tinto executive Stephen McIntosh have joined the board of diminutive Australian mining software developer, Datarock Holdings, which gained new 30% stakeholder Imdex in a A$5.5 million deal last November.
Carey joined Imdex after the ASX-listed company acquired cloud-based data management software company ioGlobal for $8m in 2012. She had been chief operating officer at ioGlobal. The qualified geochemist and geologist spent time early in her career with WMC and BHP. She has led Imdex’s development of various hardware and software products over the past eight years.
McIntosh, who is now chairing Datarock, spent more than three decades at Rio Tinto. He was group executive growth and innovation up to the end of 2020 when he left the company.
Datarock co-founder and CEO Liam Webb said the calibre of the company’s new non-executive directors underlined the “future potential of our technology”.
He said McIntosh’s background in geology, geophysics and mining technology brought unique technical perspective to the company. He also brought a high-level, contemporary understanding how to effectively apply new technologies to solve global mining challenges.
“Michelle’s track record of taking products from creation to production will be invaluable in strategically guiding the Datarock business over the coming years,” he said.
Webb and Joe Losinno, representing founding shareholders Solve Geosolutions and DiUS, make up the current board with Carey and McIntosh.
Melbourne based Datarock is described as a mining technology company that builds “productionised machine learning solutions” for the industry. The company has a large team of data scientists, geoscientists, software engineers and machine learning engineers.