Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. announced that Dana Byrne, vice president of government and public affairs, is retiring. He will assume a one-year consultancy role with Cliffs after his retirement. Raga Elim, former director of global government relations, will succeed Byrne as vice president of global corporate and government affairs. Elim will also assume responsibility for the company’s global communications and public affairs functions.

Austmine Chairman Alan Broome was recently awarded the Austmine Life Membership Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector and for his longstanding leadership of Austmine as chair for the last 22 years. Broome is a metallurgist with more than 40 years of experience in the metals, mining and energy industries. He is a director and chair of a number of Australian mining technology companies. He also sits on the Minerals Sector Advisory Council of the CSIRO and is a director of the New Zealand Coal Association. In 1999, Broome was awarded the Westpac/Institute of Export award for contributions to mining and mining services; in 2000 the Order of Australia for services to mining and in 2005 he was awarded the AusIMM President’s Award for contributions to the development of the Australian mining supply sector.

Skelly and Loy has appointed Gerald C. (Bud) Grove senior civil engineer.

ESCO Corp. has appointed Jon Owens executive vice president, overseeing the mining and construction and industrial divisions.

Philippi-Hagenbuch Inc. recently promoted Danette Hagenbuch Swank to president from her current position as vice president of internal operations.

Volvo Penta has appointed Dee Wise industrial regional sales manager, North America, and Billy Pacey distribution development account manager.

CDE Mining has appointed Stephen McCartney business development manager.