Business 100 - 2012

Quirk Kathleen

Kathleen L. Quirk/Freeport-McMoRan, Inc.

Kathleen L. Quirk has served as chief financial officer and treasurer of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (FCX) since December, 2003. FCX is the world’s largest publicly owned copper producer. She joined Freeport-McMoRan in 1989 and has held positions of increasing responsibility in tax, investor relations, treasury, corporate finance and business development. Following Freeport-McMoRan’s acquisition of Phelps Dodge Corporation in 2007, she was named executive vice president. In each of the past three years, she was named the Best CFO in Metals and Mining by Institutional Investor magazine.

Kathleen holds a BS in accounting from Louisiana State University and is a member of the board of directors of the Valley of the Sun United Way. With roots in Co. Galway, Kathleen says of her Irish heritage, “As a native of New Orleans, and a third-generation Irish American, I am a beneficiary of the wonderful Irish culture and tradition that the many Irish immigrants brought to the city in the 1800s. The immigrants were industrious and fun loving, and made a lasting contribution to the city’s unique culture.”