Oscar González Rocha
President and CEO of Americas Mining Corporation
2016 Inductee into American Mining Hall of Fame
Oscar González Rocha was born in Mexico and earned his degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), was awarded an honorary Doctors degree from Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria (UNI) in Peru, and was named an Honorary Professor of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru.
González Rocha has been with the mining industry since 1976 and has held numerous positions with construction companies throughout Mexico and the United States. As Director General of Mexicana de Cobre S.A. de C.V. and Mexicana de Cananea S.A. de C.V., both wholly-owned by Grupo Mexico S.A. B. de C.V., González Rocha was in charge of developing the “La Caridad” and “Cananea” metallurgical projects in Sonora, Mexico until late 1999.
After Grupo Mexico acquired ASARCO in late 1999, González Rocha was subsequently appointed President, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Southern Peru Copper Corporation. In 2002, Gonzalez Rocha became a Director of Grupo Mexico, and in 2004, became the President and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Copper Corporation. His duties continued to multiply and he was named Chief Executive Officer of the Southern Copper Corporation and a Director and CEO of ASARCO in August 2010. Recently González Rocha was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Americas Mining Corporation, a holding company of Grupo Mexico.
The Copper Club Inc. has been bestowing the prestigious Ankh Award to its “Copper Man of the Year” since 1962 to those professionals who have forged pathways in the copper industry with extraordinary contributions while simultaneously paving new paths for students seeking careers in the industry. In 2015, González Rocha was selected for the Ankh Award for his “exemplary leadership in Southern Copper Corporation as well as his steadfast support of the industry throughout his career.”
González Rocha, well respected within the mining sector, freely offers his remarkable acumen in business and mining matters to guide other organizations. He was the first Mexican citizen to have been elected as the Chairman of the American Institute of Mining Engineers (AIME), Tucson. González Rocha is currently serving as Director on many boards: the Peruvian National Society of Mining, the National Society of Industries, the American Chamber of Commerce, the Tecnologico de Monterrey, the Peruvian Cancer Society, the Club de la Banca y Comercio, as well as Chairman of the Board of Inversiones Tulipan S.A. and Compaña Minera Los Tolmos S.A., both subsidiaries of Southern Copper Corporation, among others.
González Rocha is married to Mrs. Ruth Barron de González and they have two daughters and four sons, all with professional degrees.