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Evolution Mining board nabs Glencore veteran

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Keep up with the latest executive movements in the mining industry, this week featuring Evolution Mining, Andromeda Metals, True North Copper, and Helix Resources.

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Evolution Mining has appointed Matthew O’Neill as its new chief operating officer (COO).

Most recently, O’Neill worked at Glencore from 2004 to 2023. His most recent role at the company was Australian regional lead and COO for the copper and zinc businesses.

In this role, he was accountable for the Ernest Henry gold-copper operation in Queensland, which Evolution would eventually come into full ownership of in January 2022. O’Neill was also responsible for managing all copper and zinc assets in Glencore’s Australian portfolio.

Since leaving Glencore in 2023, O’Neill has been managing his own consulting business in which he supported Evolution with the integration of the Northparkes gold-copper operation in New South Wales.

Evolution managing director and chief executive officer Lawrie Conway welcomed O’Neill to the company.

“His deep involvement in the Ernest Henry operation and, more recently in the integration of the Northparkes operation, means he already has a high level of knowledge of two of our cornerstone operations which is an added advantage,” Conway said.

“Matt will be an excellent addition to Evolution and our leadership team, and we look forward to him joining us next month.”

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Andromeda Metals managing director and chief executive officer (CEO) Bob Katsiouleris has resigned from his role, citing personal reasons.

Katsiouleris will continue in the role until July 31, after which he will continue to work for Andromeda as an advisor to the board, based in Europe.

He will be replaced by Luke Anderson, who has over 30 years’ experience with ASX-listed resource and industrial minerals companies. Anderson was most recently CEO of One Rail Australia.

“While my personal circumstances have unfortunately necessitated my decision to return to Europe, I am delighted that Luke has accepted the role, and look forward to working closely with him to effectively execute on Andromeda’s strategic goals,” Katsiouleris said.

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Ian McAleese will assume the role of executive chairman at True North Copper from his current position as non-executive chairman.

Marty Costello will step down as managing director but will remain on the board as executive director business development.

True North is actively seeking to recruit a new managing director and envisages that an appointment will be announced within the next month.

When the new managing director commences, Ian McAleese will revert to his former role of non-executive chairman.

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Kylie Prendergast, formerly executive technical director at Helix Resources, has taken the reins as the company’s managing director.

Prendergast is an exploration geologist and respected technical leader with over 25 years’ experience in the international mining and resource sector.

“Her skillset was identified as highly complementary to the company’s copper exploration activities when she was invited to join the board in May 2022,” Helix said.

“In the role of executive technical director, Prendergast has been instrumental in preparing and delivering the current strategic exploration campaign to detect copper-gold targets and ultimately deliver major discoveries in the highly endowed Cobar copper-gold region of New South Wales.”

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