Edward C. Dowling Jr.


Edward (“Ed”) C. Dowling Jr. joined Compass Minerals as president and chief executive officer (CEO) in January 2024. He continues to serve on the company’s board of directors, as he has since March 2022. 

Mr. Dowling has more than 30 years of leadership experience and international mining expertise. Prior to joining Compass Minerals, Mr. Dowling served as the president, CEO and member of the board of directors of SSR Mining Inc. (f/k/a Alacer Gold Corp.), a publicly traded hard rock mining company (2008-2012), and was chair of the board (2013-2020). Previously, he was president and CEO of Meridian Gold Inc. (2006-2007), executive director for mining and exploration at De Beers S.A. (2004-2006) and executive vice president for operations at Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. (1998-2004). Additionally, he formerly served as chair of the board of PJSC Polyus and of Copper Mountain Mining Corporation. Mr. Dowling currently serves on the board of directors of Teck Resources Ltd. 

A former petty officer in the U.S. Navy, Mr. Dowling earned a Bachelor of Science in mining engineering and mineral processing, a Master of Science in mineral processing, and a Doctorate in mineral processing from Pennsylvania State University.