Follow the leaders: This week’s executive appointments


Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including at Breaker Resources, OceanaGold, Mineral Commodities and more.

Breaker Resources has appointed Peter Cook as non-executive chairman, replacing executive chairman and Breaker founder Tom Sanders, who will move into the managing director role at the company.

Cook brings 35 years’ experience in exploration, project, operational and corporate management of mining companies and currently serves as non-executive chairman of Westgold Resources, Castille Resources and Titan Minerals.

He has founded and served as managing director and chairman across multiple mining boards in the past two decades and also supported gold and base metals miners and developers.

“(Cook) has a great mix of skills and his appointment enhances the governance structure of the board. As a result, Breaker has strengthened its key skills and experience spanning geology, mining, business development, operations and capital markets as it embarks on its next phase of growth,” Sanders said.

Prior to Cook’s appointment, he was granted two million unlisted options through Breaker’s incentive option scheme.


OceanaGold president and chief executive officer Michael Holmes has resigned from his role and the board of directors.

The company is in talks with an executive search firm to find a replacement for the president and chief executive officer roles.

Holmes started his career with OceanaGold as chief operating officer in July 2012.

Chief operating officer Scott Sullivan will temporarily fill the role as acting president and chief executive officer.

Sullivan has 30 years’ experience as a mining executive in operations across Australia, New Guinea, Africa and North America.

Oceanagold chairman Ian Read will also be succeeded by Paul Benson from October 1.


Mineral Commodities has appointed Jacob Dysel as the company’s new chief executive officer from October 4, 2021.

Dysel has held senior executive positions in the mining industry with close to 20 years’ experience in the heavy minerals industry.

He previously served as vice president of the Uranium Energy Corp’s titanium division and general manager of Rio Tinto’s Richards Bay Minerals.

The appointment will mark the end of Russel Tipper’s role as acting chief executive officer.

Mineral Commodities chairman David Baker said Dysel has deep understanding and experience in Africa’s mineral sands industry, which relates to the company’s global assets.


Nagambie Resources has appointed William Colvin as non-executive director of the company.

Colvin has 30 years’ experience in the mining industry, including at Renison Goldfields Consolidated, MPI Mines/Leviathan Resources, Beaconsfield Gold/BCD Resources and Bayan Airag Exploration.

At Renison Goldfields, Colvin was previously general manager of the Henty gold mine in Tasmania and then general manager, group operations.

He also served as CEO of BCD Resources for six years, which allowed the Beaconsfield gold mine in Tasmania to resume operations after its closure in 2006.

Gary Davison has resigned from his non-executive director role at the company due to his full-time commitments.


Champion Iron has appointed Angela Kourouklis as senior vice-president human resources and Michael Marcotte as senior vice-president corporate development and capital markets.

Kourouklis has 20 years’ experience in human resources management and previously held the position of director of human resources at Bridgestone Canada.

Marcotte brings almost 20 years of skills in capital markets, recently holding the role Champion vice-president, investor relations.

He previously held roles at Macquare Capital Markets Canada with a focus on Canadian resource equities.

Champion Iron owns and operates the Bloom Lake Mining Complex in Québec through Quebec iron ore.

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