Follow the leaders: The latest executive appointments


Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including at Metals X, Kinetiko Energy, Tamboran Resources and more.

Metals X chief executive officer Michael Spreadborough has resigned from his role as chief executive officer.

The decision follows the sale of Metals X’s nickel and copper assets to steer the company towards growing its tin assets.

Metals X will not replace Spreadborough’s role “at this time” due to the divestment of its assets earlier this year.

In May, the company said its primary focus was its 50 per cent joint venture at the Renison Tin operation in Tasmania with Yunnan Tin Group.

Metals X sold its copper portfolio to Cyprium Metals for $60 million in February, including the Nifty copper operation in Western Australia.


Kinetiko Energy has appointed Nick de Blocq as the new chief executive officer of the company.

The company acquired Afro Energy this year, with de Blocq expected to bring oil and gas operational and technical expertise.

According to Kinetiko, the new chief executive officer’s appointment will drive strategic growth following the merger and acquisition with Afro Energy.

Kinetiko executive chairman Adam Sierakowski said the appointment of de Blocq would advance the company’s ambition of becoming a major energy source in South Africa.

“His appointment will bring considerable expertise, in particular with his deep African drilling, project development and operational experience which is ideal as we continue to execute our next phase growth plan,” Sierakowski said.

“The company is strongly poised in the current domestic and global energy market to aggressively pursue its strategy to become a leading clean energy source in South Africa, and Nick’s appointment is highly complementary to our strategy.”


Tamboran Resources has appointed Faron Thibodeaux as chief operating officer of the company.

Thibodeaux has more than 40 years’ experience in the energy industry and is based in Darwin.

He will be responsible for the safety, technical and operational performance of Tamboran in the Beetaloo Sub-basin in the Northern Territory, also working with Tamboran’s joint venture partner, Santos.

According to Tamboran, Thibodeaux will also be supported by five technical and operational professionals who joined Tamboran from Pioneer Natural Resources.

“Our goal at Tamboran is to bring this low CO2 gas to market as soon as possible. Our ability to execute begins with the superior geology that exists in the Core Beetaloo and the application of next generation proven technology, and know-how to getting this low emission energy into the market,” Thibodeaux said.


Coronado Global Resources president and chief executive officer James Campbell has resigned from the role.

The company has since split its chief operation officer role into both a United States and Australia position following the resignation.

To fill these roles, Coronado has appointed Jeff Bitzer as chief operating officer, United States and Douglas Thompson as chief operating officer, Australia.

Bitzer has worked at Coronado for eight years while Thompson is new to the company.

Campbell will remain at the company for an interim period to support a smooth transition.


Kopore Metals has appointed Caroline Keats as a non-executive director.

Keats brings 20 years’ corporate and commercial experience and has worked with mining assets in foreign jurisdictions such as Africa.

She has provided corporate advisory services to Kopore prior to her appointment to the board.

Keats worked as a lawyer at Blake Dawson Waldron and then Blakiston & Crabb, along with senior management and executive roles at Paladin Energy, Mawson West, MRX Technologies and Tiger Resources.

She has also continually worked as a corporate advisor to mining companies.

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