Vale’s base metal boss and Canadian CEO Jennifer Maki believes in building bridges, staying connected and delivering results. And she does it her way.
It was a February Friday in 2007. Jennifer Maki was given a choice. At the time, Maki was assistant treasurer at Vale Canada, a subsidiary of the biggest iron-ore mining company in the world, Rio de Janeiro-based Vale. Like lots of Vale’s senior positions, Maki’s duties were moving to head office in Brazil. The question was: would she rather take an 18-month buyout package or stay with Vale in Toronto in a yet-to-be-determined position?
The buyout looked appealing. In the months leading up to Vale’s offer, Maki’s world had gone through seismic shifts, and in the process, friends, colleagues and fellow executives either left or were asked to leave the company. There was little doubt she would find other work.
Her rise to the senior ranks of the company had been meteoric, beginning in 2003. After 10 years as a CA with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Toronto, Maki had accepted an offer from the client whose file she had been auditing for nine of those years, giant nickel miner Inco. Continue Reading →