Mining has appointed Mr Dave Goddard as Portfolio Manager for the Leica J3autonomous (Intelligent Machine Systems) product portfolio.
To be based in the greater Denver area, Mr Goddard will be responsible for all business development, commercialisation and product management functions for the Leica J3autonomous product family. He will be spearheading the ongoing solution development for remote control, tele-operated, semi-autonomous and fully autonomous mining products.
Dr Neil Harries, General Manager of Global Product Management and North American Business Manager explains that the appointment comes on the back of the significant growth and expansion of Leica’s J3autonomous product line.
Mr Goddard brings strong business acumen to the Mining team, developed over the past 15 years with a number of mining technology suppliers. He has extensive technical leadership experience in the mining and heavy machine industries, and a history of successfully introducing change agent technologies to established mining processes. Mr Goddard’s most recent operations technology management role at Newmont Mining Corporation affords him a practical understanding of the mining customer’s operational and stakeholder needs in direct relation to the automation process.
Mr Goddard believes there is an exciting opportunity in recognising that mining companies obtain machines and technologies from a variety of sources, with the mining customer preferring incremental investments in human-assist technology to be OEM independent, driven by a vision of future autonomous operation, yet providing operational value today.