Follow the leaders: This week’s executive appointments


Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including at Fortescue Metals Group, Coda Minerals, Pathfinder Resources and more.

Fortescue Metals Group has made four new appointments as part of its transition to strengthen the company’s focus on decarbonisation.

The company has hired Dino Otranto as chief operating officer iron ore after he previously served as Vale’s chief operating officer for its base metals north Atlantic operation.

Felicity Underhill will take up a role at Fortescue Future Industries as director Australia – eastern states.

She brings 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and has been working in the hydrogen space since 2018.

Gordon Cowe has been appointed as projects director Fortescue Future Industries, having return to the company after executing the company’s T45-T155 expansion.

Fortescue has also hired Warren Fish as director Aboriginal engagement, community, environment and government, bringing experience in heritage, native title and indigenous affairs held across senior industry and government roles.


Coda Minerals has appointed Kudzai Mtsambiwa as chief financial officer of the company.

Mtsambiwa brings 14 years’ experience as a chartered accountant in the resources sector, including a previous role with Perseus Mining where he worked as group planning & business analyst and group financial controller for seven years.

He built strong commercial and financial experience during his time at Perseus due to its exploration and development growth, along with the operation of major mining operations.

Coda chairman Keith Jones said Mtsambiwa will join the company during a transformational period through the advancement of its Elizabeth Creek copper project in South Australia.

The Elizabeth Creek project is located in the Olympic Dam copper province.


Pathfinder Resources managing director Shannon Green has announced he will resign from the company on November 16 2021.

Green has led Pathfinder to an ASX listing during his time as managing director and has continued to work with the company’s representatives in Argentina.

He has progressed exploration and drilling at the King Tut project in Argentina and managed the divestment of the Hamersley iron ore project in Western Australia.

Pathfinder has started the process to appoint a new managing director with Green working alongside the board to deliver an orderly transition.

The started trading on the ASX on November 4, 2020.


Bastion Minerals has appointed Philip Mackey as company secretary to deliver communication with the ASX.

Former company secretary David Nolan resigned from the role following the appointment of Mackey.

Mackey brings more than 30 years secretarial and commercial experience to Bastion and has previously served in secretarial roles on ASX- and SGX-listed company Australand Group.

Bastion was listed on the ASX in March and has a market capitalisation of $19.94 million.

The exploration and development company is focussed on gold, silver and copper discoveries in Chile.


American Rare Earths has appointed Clarence McAllister as non-executive director.

McAllister brings 30 years of international engineering and construction experience and has also served as chairman of the board for subsidiary Western Rare Earths as a founding board member.

According to American Rare Earths chairman Creagh O’Conner, McAllister’s knowledge from Western Rare Earths will support the company’s development.

He holds a master of business administration degree from Nova Southeastern University, and a bachelor of science and master of science in electrical engineering from Arizona State University.

American Rare Earths is an Australian exploration company that solely focusses on rare earth projects in the United States.


Tulla Resources has hired Andy Robb as Norseman asset leader to help advance its Norseman gold project in Western Australia.

Robb has over 40 years’ experience across the global resources sector and is a qualified mining engineer.

He has also held senior management and executive positions with other companies.

Tulla Resources executive chairman Kevin Maloney said Robb’s technical and joint venture skills will be advantageous for the Norseman project.

The company has a 50 per cent interest in the Norseman project with the other 50 per cent held by Pantoro.

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