Ankh Award

The Ankh Awards

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The Copper Club’s Ankh Award, named for the ankh, a graphic symbol for the red metal dating back to ancient Egypt, also known as the Copper Man of the Year Award, was first presented in 1962 to honor outstanding individual achievements in and contributions to the copper industry.

The trophy awarded to recipients is a reproduction of Auguste Rodin’s famous sculpture, The Thinker.

Each year, the club circulates a survey soliciting the copper industry for nominees for the award. It asks for the names of individuals who have made notable contributions to the industry, and the winner is selected by the Ankh Award committee.

The Statue of Liberty, which was bestowed with the award in 1986, has been the only “woman” to be named Copper Man of the Year thus far. The first award was presented in 1962 to Clyde E. Weed, then president of Anaconda Co.



2014: Andrew G. Kireta, Sr. and Stuart Thorn

Andrew G. Kireta, Sr., President & CEO, Copper Development Association Inc. (CDA) and Stuart Thorn,  President & CEO, Southwire were named 2014 recipients of the prestigious Ankh Award.

Mr. Kireta was awarded the Ankh Award for Lifetime Achievement, and Mr. Thorn will be honored with the Ankh Award for Copper Man of the Year.  The awards will be presented at The Copper Club Annual Dinner on June 4, 2014 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

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2013: C.M Koo and Jim Vann

C. M. Koo, Chairman, LS-Nikko and Jim Vann, Chairman, Rea Magnet Wire were named 2013 recipients of the prestigious Ankh Award for Copper Man of the Year.

The awards were presented at The Copper Club Annual Dinner, June 5, 2013 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

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2012: Jürgen Leibbrandt and The Men and Women, Past and Present, of the Arizona Copper Industry

The Men and Women of Arizona’s Copper Mining Industry were named the recipient of the 2012 Ankh Award as Copper Persons of the Year. The Ankh Award was accepted by Governor Janice K. Brewer of Arizona, the evening’s keynote speaker, on behalf of the past and present employees of the industry.

In addition, The Copper Club honored CODELCO’s Jürgen Leibbrandt, Executive Vice President, Commercial Development, also as a recipient of the Ankh Award, for lifetime achievement in recognition of his contributions to the copper industry through the International Copper Association and the promotion of copper throughout the world. The awards were presented at The Copper Club’s Annual Dinner, on May 16, 2012, at The Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, Arizona.

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2011: Masayoshi Matsumoto and Laurence Golborne

Masayoshi Matsumoto, President & CEO, Sumitomo Electric Industries LTD, was named the 2011 recipient of the Ankh Award, naming him Copper Man of the Year in recognition of his strong leadership at Sumitomo Electric Industries LTD and exemplary and distinguished contribution to the copper industry.

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Laurence Golborne, Chile’s Minister of Mines, was also named as a recipient of the prestigious Ankh Award, for Excellence in Leadership for his collaborative role in the successful rescue effort of 33 Chilean miners in 2010. The awards will be presented at The Copper Club’s Annual Dinner, on June 8, 2011, at The Plaza Hotel in New York City.

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2010: Diego Hernandez

Diego Hernandez, president of BHP Billiton Base Metals was named the 2010 recipient of the Ankh Award, naming him Copper Man of the Year in recognition of his strong leadership at BHP Billiton and in the global mining industry.

The award was presented at The Copper Club’s Annual Dinner, on June 2, 2010, at Guastavino’s in New York City, in the presence of nearly 500 friends and colleagues.

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2009: Richard C. Adkerson

Richard C. Adkerson, president, chief executive officer and member of the board of directors of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, Inc. received the 2009 Ankh Award, naming him Copper Man of the Year in recognition of his strong leadership at Freeport and in the global mining industry.

The award was presented at the club’s annual dinner on June 3, 2009.

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2008: The International Copper Association Health and Environment Team

For the first time in history, the Copper Club’s Ankh Award was given to a group – The International Copper Association Health and Environment Team (ICA), rather than an individual, for the profound positive impact they have had on the role copper plays in sustainability and the environment. The award was presented at the club’s Annual Dinner on June 4, 2008.

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2007: J. Steven Whisler

J. Steven Whisler, chairman and chief executive officer of Phelps Dodge Corp., received the Copper Club’s Ankh Award naming him The Copper Man of the Year 2007. The board of directors of the Copper Club voted to honor Whisler with the recognition for his leadership both within his company and in the copper industry.

The award was presented at the club’s Annual Dinner on Feb. 15, 2007.

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2007: Tom Kennedy

Tom participated in The Copper Club for most of the Club’s first 60+ years and was The Copper Club president for the more than 25 years. The Executive Committee unanimously agreed that Tom’s dedication to the Club should not go without due recognition for his many years of willingness to proudly serve our industry.

Tom received the Ankh Award for Lifetime Achievement for his active leadership in the organization and his contributions to the copper industry for more than 50-years.

2006: Brian O’Shaughnessy and Juan Villarzu Rohde

Brian O’Shaughnessy and Juan Villarzu Rohde are the co-recipients of the Ankh Award as the Copper Club’s Men of the Year.

The award was presented at the club’s Annual Dinner in February 2006.



2005: Takashi Sakamoto

Takashi Sakamoto will receive the 2005 Ankh Award naming him The Copper Club’s Man of the Year.

The Ankh Award committee selected Mr. Sakamoto from among numerous nominations for the recognition based upon his years of devoted service to the industry and his role as chairman and representative director (recently retired) of Nippon Mining & Holdings, Inc.

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2003: Arthur R. Miele and Andronico Luksic

The Copper Club has honored two individuals for their contributions to the industry with its’ Copper Man of the Year Award.

Arthur R. Miele, senior vice president of marketing for Phoenix-based Phelps Dodge Corp. and president of Phelps Dodge Sales Co., and Andronico Luksic, chairman of Antofagasta PLC, received the Ankh Award during a June 18 dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.

Miele has held various executive positions in his long career at Phelps Dodge, including president of Phelps Dodge Associated Cos. in Puerto Rico and Venezuela, group vice president of South America, group vice president of Asia, and senior vice president of Phelps Dodge International Corp. He served as a member of the board of directors of several joint venture companies worldwide and currently serves as a member of the board of directors at the London Metal Exchange. In 1988, the Republic of Venezuela honored him with the decoration “Francisco de Miranda” for his contribution to industrial development in Venezuela. The George Washington University Board of Trustees recognized him with the Alumni Achievement Award.

“Art is unique in our industry having held executive positions as a producer, fabricator and manufacturer of copper products. In addition he has worked on practically every committee in the copper industry,” said Thomas J. Kennedy, president of the Copper Club, which was founded in 1944 and has an international membership of 600. “The award committee chose him because he has been totally devoted to the copper industry all of his professional life. He is universally thought to be a great leader in the industry. He’s quite an individual.”

Luksic is chairman of Antofagasta, a United Kingdom-based company whose mining operations account for 10 percent of Chilean copper output. Luksic is vice chairman of Quineco S.A., a diversified company engaged in the industrial and services sectors in Chile, including financial services, food and beverage, telecommunications, manufacturing and real estate and hotel administration. He is chairman and CEO of Banco de A. Edwards in Chile and director of Compania Cervecerias Unidas S. He is a member of the Latin America Advisory Committee of the New York Stock Exchange.

“Andronico built his company from scratch,” said Kennedy. “To do that in one lifetime is quite an accomplishment. Think of the number of jobs his company has created in Chile. It’s an absolutely amazing piece of work for one man in one lifetime.”

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2002: The Lord Bagri CBE

The Lord Bagri, who also is chairman of Metdist, a company he built into one of the world’s leading nonferrous metals trading houses, becomes the 36th member of the international copper community to be awarded the industry’s top prize, the Ankh Award. The presentation was made at the Copper Club annual gala May 30 at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

“Lord Bagri received unanimous support of the selection committee based on his long service, dedication and love for the development of copper worldwide,” said Tom Kennedy, president of The Copper Club. “He is one of the leading personalities in global metals trading and industry, and has a long association with copper. In addition, he continues to be actively involved in bringing about major global advancements at the LME, including in the area of copper trading.”


2001: William D. O’Hagan and Robert M. Payne

O’Hagan, president and chief executive officer of Mueller Industries Inc., Memphis, Tenn. He has been Mueller’s chief executive officer since 1994. He joined the company in 1992 after holding a series of executive positions at Nibco Inc., Cambridge-Lee Industries and Phelps Dodge Copper Products Co. He is a member of the boards of the CDA and the Copper and Brass Fabricators Council. In 1996, O’Hagan was named Financial World’s “CEO of the Year.”

Payne, president and chief executive officer of the Copper Development Association (CDA), New York. Payne joined the CDA after a 28-year career at Revere Copper & Brass Inc., where he served as president of Revere Ware Inc.; group vice president for all fabricated aluminum operations; vice president for sales and marketing of all copper, brass and aluminum products; and chairman of Revere Extruded Products Inc., Revere Foil Containers Inc. and EDES Manufacturing Co. Inc.

2000: Marcos Lima

Lima, president and chief executive officer of Corporacion Nacional del Cobre de Chile (Codelco), the world’s largest copper producer, blends a keen scholar’s mind with the pragmatism of a business strategist, without sacrificing an innate optimism often lacking in the business world today.

1999: Christopher J.B. Green and Norbert Brodersen

Green, who served as chairman of the London Metal Exchange during one of its most turbulent periods, championed the creation of a high-grade copper contract and ensured a clearing system was established. He served on the LME Committee from 1973 to 1982, and was vice-chairman from 1977 to 1981. In 1982, Green became a director of the Metal Market and Exchange Co. Ltd., which then was the LME’s governing body.

Broderson, from his earliest days with Preussag through to KM-Kabelmetal, established a synergy between the commercial and financial arms of the fabrication business. KM Europa Metall, of which Brodersen is spokesman of the executive board, was formed in 1995 through the merger of the pan-European, Italian-controlled Europa Metalli copper group and KM-Kabelmetal.

1998: Charles G. Preble

Preble, the head of Southern Peru Copper Corp., presided over the agreement signed with the Peruvian government to expand operations in 1991 and the initiation of development and environmental projects totaling $445 million.

1997: Richard de J. Osborne

Osborne first joined Asarco as vice president of finance in 1975. He was named to the board of directors in 1976, promoted to executive vice president in 1977 and named president of the company in 1982. He added the title of chairman and chief executive officer in December 1985.

1996: Stanley C. Craft and Lennart Gustafsson

Craft was president and chief executive officer of Essex Group Inc., Fort Wayne, Ind.

Gustafsson, retired president of the International Copper Association, served as chief executive officer of Outokumpu Copper from 1987 to 1988 until answering the call of world copper diplomacy when the association was formed.

1995: Milton H. Ward

Ward, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Cyprus Amax Minerals Co., Englewood, Colo., was chosen for the award for the work performed on developing and bringing in remote Indonesian copper deposits while president of New Orleans-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. and his role in shaping Cyprus Amax into one of the premier copper companies of the world.


The Copper Club marked its 50th anniversary with a banquet and historical review in lieu of its annual Ankh award ceremony.

1993: Douglas C. Yearley

Yearley joined Phelps Dodge in 1960 as a project engineer and research director in the company’s Copper Products unit. Yearley, who studied metallurgical engineering at Cornell University, led an effort to establish the United Nations International Copper Study Group, which was formed in 1992.

1992: J. Burgess Winter

Born in Ireland, Winter was president and chief executive officer of Tucson-based Magma Copper Co. For 17 years, Winter worked on metals operations in South Africa. He also spent seven years as vice president and general manager of Inspiration Resources and five years as senior vice president of operations at Kennecott Corp. Winter joined Magma in 1988.

1991: Keith C. Hendrick

Currently retired, Hendrick used to be chairman of Noranda Minerals Inc. and spent one year as founding chairman of the International Council on Metals and the Environment. Hendrick worked for Noranda Inc. for 39 years.

1990: Sir Alistair Frame

Frame last served as chairman of British Steel Plc. resigned for health reasons. Before that, he had been chairman of RTZ Corp., London, a major British mining company and one of the world’s largest copper producers. He is deceased.

1989: G. Frank Joklik

Joklik was chief executive officer of Kennecott Corp., a Salt Lake City-based unit of RTZ Corp., London. He retired in 1993 after more than 30 years at Kennecott. At the time of his retirement, Joklik said he would continue working as a consultant to the chief executive officer of RTZ and join the board of U.S. Borax, an RTZ subsidiary.

1988: G. Robert Durham

G. Robert “Bull” Durham has a long history in aluminum and copper, most recently as president and chief executive officer of Walter Industries, a Tampa, Fla.,-based homebuilding, aluminum and pipemaking firm. Durham retired as chairman of Phelps Dodge in 1989.

1987: Bryon Halstead

When he received the award, Halstead was chief executive officer of Halstead Tube.

1986: Statue of Liberty

Also known as “Lady Liberty,” the copper statue in New York Harbor is the only woman thus far to have won the Copper Man of the Year Award. The statue, a gift from France around the turn of the century, was given the award the same year it underwent repairs.

1985: Frank W. Archibald

Archibald was chief executive officer of Southern Peru Copper when he received the award. He has since passed away.

1984: Roy Richards

As the founder and former chief executive officer of Carrollton, Ga.,-based Southwire Co., Richards was a leader in wire fabrication. He was the driving force in developing Southwire Continuous Rod technology, a process developed in 1963 to cast, roll and coil copper rod continuously. In 1964, Richards received the American Success Story Award from the Free Enterprise Awards Association. He is now deceased.

1983: George E. Atwood

Atwood has been the advisory director for Pennzoil Co. since 1983. Before that, he had spent 33 years in various positions at Duval Corp., including chairman of the board and chief executive officer.

1982: Harold E. Lewin; Louis Schwab; Joseph Zimmerman

In 1982, awards were bestowed on three “seniors,” though they were not technically designated as Copper Man of the Year.

1981: George B. Munroe

A World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy Reserve, Munroe worked at Phelps Dodge from 1962 until 1987. Among the posts he held at the company were vice president, president, chief executive officer and chairman.

1980: James D. Santini

When he became Copper Man of the Year, Santini was the U.S. Congressman most well-known for making the domestic mining industry his special interest. He is now an attorney in Washington.

1979: Maxie L. Anderson

Anderson was president of Ranchers Exploration when he won the award. Once a small New Mexico mining company, Ranchers Exploration has since merged with Hecla Mining. Widely known as the pilot on the first trans-Atlantic hot-air balloon journey, Anderson died in a tragic ballooning accident.

1978: Charles F. Barber

Barber, who earned a law degree from Harvard Law School, spent 28 years in various legal and executive positions at Asarco Inc., New York where he was Chairman and CEO at the time of his retirement in 1984. Prior to there, he worked two years as assistant to the solicitor general in the Justice Department and six years as a Washington attorney. He also served in the U.S. Navy as a flag secretary to Admiral Spruance from 1943-1945 during World War II in the Pacific. He is now a consultant.

1977: Plato Malozemoff

Born in Russia, Malozemoff held various positions at Newmont Mining Corp., New York, between 1945 and 1985, including chairman, chief executive officer and chairman emeritus. His experience in mining management extended across the United States, including Alaska, and into Argentina and Costa Rica. He is now deceased.

1976: Alfred Powis

A Montreal native, Powis began his career with the Sun Life Assurance Co.’s investment department in 1951 and joined Noranda Mines Ltd. in 1955. After holding numerous executive positions at the company, he served as chairman of Toronto-based Noranda Inc. until his retirement.

1975: Sir Ian MacGregor

Born in Scotland, MacGregor had worked at McFarland Dewey & Co., New York. When he was named Copper Man of the Year, MacGregor was an executive at New York-based Amax Inc. During his 25-year Amax career, MacGregor held such positions as vice president, president and chief executive officer. He is deceased.

1973: Frank R. Milliken

Milliken was chief executive officer at Kennecott Corp., which he headed for nearly two decades, when he became Copper Man of the Year. A mining engineering graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Milliken began his career in 1935 as a metallurgist for Peru Mining Co. in New Mexico. He is deceased.

1972: William A. Meissner Jr.

Meissner headed the copper division at the U.S. Department of Commerce when he was named Copper Man of the Year. He is deceased.

1970: John H. Eikenberg

Eikenberg began his copper career at 14 years of age as an office boy at the Baltimore Copper Co. From there he moved on to the former Revere Copper and Brass Inc., Rome, N.Y., where he held such posts as corporate industrial engineer, vice president of industrial relations and, finally, chairman and chief executive officer. He retired in 1974 and died 10 years later.

1968: Robert G. Page

The first New York regional administrator of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Page spent most of his career in executive positions at Phelps Dodge. He became the company’s president in 1947 and won the Copper Man of the Year award when serving as chairman. He is deceased.

1965: James Boyd

Boyd was chief executive officer of Copper Range when he retired. He had worked previously at Kennecott Corp., the U.S. Bureau of Mines and the Colorado School of Mines. He is deceased.

1964: Sir Ronald Prain

With the help of Metal Bulletin Books, Prain published an autobiography entitled, “Reflections on an Era.” He was employed by Rhodesian Selection Trust when he became the third Copper Man of the Year. He is deceased.

1963: Simon D. Strauss

Strauss was a metals consultant and director of Magma Copper Co. From 1946 until 1981, he worked in various capacities at Asarco Inc., New York, including director and vice chairman. He has lectured on mineral economics at such schools as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania State University and the Colorado School of Mines and has published articles on mineral markets. He is deceased.

1962: Clyde E. Weed

The first recipient of the Copper Man of the Year award, Weed was then chairman of Anaconda Co., where he worked for almost 50 years, as well as president of the American Mining Congress. A Michigan native, Weed moved to New York as Anaconda’s general manager of mines in 1938 and spent about 60 years in the mining industry. He is now deceased.

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