Updated: Aug 4, 2022
Duratray International has recently appointed Ximena Araya as Chief Operations Officer at the branch of the company in Canada.
Ximena has a Bachelor degree in Engineering Sciences and a Master in Mechanical Engineering, both from Federico Santa Maria University in Valaparaiso, Chile.
Originally from Antofagasta, Ximena spent many years of her professional life at BHP’s Escondida mine, working in different roles, including A&I Engineer, Maintenance Scheduler, and as Principal Maintenance Planner.
Due to a strong desire of taking on greater challenges and being part of the bigger picture in a global world, Ximena migrated to Canada in 2018, where she first worked as Reliability Advisor – Mobile Maintenance and then as Team Leader in Planning & Rebuilds at one of Duratray’s clients, the Arctic Canadian Diamond Company in Ekati mine.
On account of her deep knowledge in Mobile Maintenance, Planning and Reliability, Ximena's roles at Arctic Canadian Diamond Company focused on developing continuous improvement initiatives, mainly related to Reliability and Work Management processes, and their implementation through Change Management techniques, all these while ensuring a safe and successful operation.
As COO at Duratray’s Canadian branch, Ximena will be looking after the company’s client base in Canada and developing business in the region.
"I took on this challenge because I truly believe in the product as I have seen it from the client's perspective twice and I know that this technology can help mines to improve their performance in operations and maintenance," Ms. Araya said.
"My goal is to contribute to fulfill Duratray's vision of being the international vendor of choice for mining trays in Canada. Of course, that can only be achieved by meeting or exceeding our customer's expectations in all aspects of their business activities and this is what I'm here to do, by creating strong win/win relationships with our clients", she added.
Ximena feels proud to be working with a Chilean-Australian company that began its journey in Antofagasta. "The fact that the headquarters are based in Australia and from there reaching out to the world is both impressive and inspiring. It comes to show that when you have an excellent product and run a company wisely, there are no limits to where you can go. I feel happy and very proud to be part of the Canadian chapter", Ms. Araya concluded.