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Follow the leaders: This week’s executive appointments

Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, featuring Andromeda Metals, Bulletin Resources, Podium Minerals and more.

Andromeda Metals has announced that Rhoderick Grivas has resigned as chair and non-executive director of the company for family reasons.

Since being appointed in 2017, Grivas has been influential in elevating Andromeda from a company with less than $1 million in the kitty to the leading industrial metals explorer it is today.

Current independent non-executive director Melissa Holzberger will assume the role of chair in Grivas’ place. The board has commenced the recruitment process to find a new member of the board.

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Bulletin Resources has appointed Mark Csar as chief executive officer as the company looks to build its portfolio currently represented by gold, lithium and nickel projects.

Csar has more than 30 years’ experience in exploration, development and mining operations in Australia and abroad.

He has served in senior roles at companies such as Iluka Resources, Wiluna Mining Corporation and Aberfoyle Resources.

“Mark’s work over the last two years at Lake Rebecca and more recently his identification of new opportunities including the Ravensthorpe lithium project project illustrates his ability to fill the role,” Bulletin chairman Paul Poli said.

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Jason Whittle has joined Podium Minerals as general manager – projects, bringing with him over 25 years’ experience in international mining projects and operations.

Whittle will play an important role as Podium looks to transition its Parks Reef platinum groups metal (PGM) project in Western Australia into production.

The experienced metallurgist joins a newly-strengthened executive team including recently-appointed chief executive officer Sam Rodda, and chief financial officer and company secretary Hannah Hudson.

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Fin Resources has appointed former Fortescue Metals Group senior executive Gautam Varma as managing director of the company.

Most recently the chief representative for Europe, India and South East Asia at Fortescue, Varma has also served in senior roles at BHP, Iluka and Xstrata.

Varma has negotiated and built partnerships around the world, and has been actively involved in matters relating to decarbonisation and electrification.

Fin Resources’ Sol Mar project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia aims to discover a sustainable, natural process to produce salt via evaporation of seawater using solar and wind energy.

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Guy Robertson has been elevated to the board of Artemis Resources as director, having previously served as company secretary and chief financial officer of the company since 2009.

Artemis chairman Mark Potter said Robertson’s board presence will assist the company’s corporate visibility.

“Guy has a broad breadth of commercial and financial experience, so as we enter 2022 with an ambitious project and corporate agenda, we felt we wanted his input and counsel to be at a board level and in doing so be more visible to shareholders in this key finance function,” Potter said.

Artemis is advancing its Paterson Central gold-copper project and Carlow Castle gold-copper-cobalt project in Western Australia towards production.

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Follow the leaders: This week’s executive appointments

Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, featuring OZ Minerals, Vimy Resources, The Perth Mint and more.  

OZ Minerals has recruited several new additions to its executive leadership team as it approaches a new phase of growth.  

Matt Reed, who joined the company in September, will now become OZ Minerals’ operations executive and will oversee the operational performance of OZ Minerals including at its Prominent Hill, Carrapateena and Carajás mines, plus West Musgrave once up and running.  

Reed has experience spanning 25 years at Arrium, Newcrest Mining, WMC and SIMEC Mining.  

Claire Parkinson joined OZ Minerals in October and will move into a role as integration executive to guide enterprise-wide changes (which were not disclosed).  

Parkinson’s wide range of experiences comes from stints with the Department for Infrastructure and Transport, Bank SA, Guide Dogs SA/NT, and the UK Prison Service.  

Bryan Quinn will join OZ Minerals in April 2022 as strategy and growth executive after a long career with BHP as asset president for manganese Australia and as global head of technology, geoscience, engineering, projects and business improvement.  

In March 2022, Michelle Ash will fill the newly created role of technology executive and will oversee ICT, mining technology and transformation.  

Ash is currently chief executive officer of Dassault Systems GEOVIA software division and has focussed on the natural resources sector to implement geologic modelling and mining engineering software.  

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Vimy Resources has appointed Tony Chamberlain as chief operating officer, who first joined the company as an executive in 2014 and was principal in the elevation of the Mulga Rock uranium project in Western Australia.  

Since 2019, Chamberlain has been the project director and chief operating officer at BCI Minerals and was influential in building the financial foundations for the $1.2 billion Mardie salt and potash project in WA.  

Vimy is aiming to complete a bankable feasibility study, additional financing activities and continue early works at Mulga Rock in 2022, while the company has also flagged exploration developments at its Alligator River uranium project.  

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Global Lithium Resources has welcomed Ronald Mitchell as executive director for markets and growth, and Greg Lilleyman as non-executive director, who bring more than 55 years’ experience to the company combined.  

With 25 years’ industry experience, Mitchell has built a strong connection to the lithium sector through senior roles at Tianqi Lithium Corporation and Talison Lithium, while he was also the inaugural chairman of the London Metal Exchange’s lithium committee.  

Lilleyman was formerly chief operating officer and director of operations at Fortescue Metals Group for four years, and before that, was an influential figure in various roles during his 26-year stint at Rio Tinto.  

Global Lithium has also announced that Jamie Wright has stepped down from the company board and his role as managing director. The company has commenced its executive search process for Wright’s replacement.  

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Colin Belshaw has resigned as non-executive director of Nova Minerals and will transition into a role as head of the company’s new technical advisory panel. 

During Belshaw’s first year on the company board, Nova’s total gold resource estimate almost tripled from 3.3 million ounces to 9.6 million ounces, with significant intersections made at the company’s flagship Estelle gold project.  

Belshaw will be joined on the panel by Nova chief geologist Dale Schultz, senior metallurgical and minerals processing engineer Mike Hallewell and Nova chief executive officer and experienced geologist Christopher Gerteisen.  

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Magnetite Mines has appointed Jim McKerlie and Paul White as non-executive directors, which aligns with the company’s strategy to progress its corporate governance where its board will be represented by a majority of non-executive directors. 

McKerlie has more than 30 years’ experience as a global business leader and experienced public company chairman, having served in senior roles at the likes of Beach Energy and Drillsearch Energy, prior to its merger with Beach Energy.  

White was the former chief executive officer of rugby league team Brisbane Broncos and is recognised as a highly accomplished business leader with substantial experience in the mining field, having served in roles at Anglo American and Xstrata.  

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The Perth Mint has announced Jason Waters will become chief executive officer as of April 26, 2022. 

Waters is well endorsed by the Western Australian Government, with Acting Mines and Petroleum Minister Tony Buti complimenting Waters’ credentials. 

“The Perth Mint plays an important role in cementing Western Australia’s position as one of the world’s most important and valued gold provinces, and is a key Government employer,” Buti said. 

“I’m confident Mr Waters will be able to drive further safe and sustainable growth at The Perth Mint. 

“Mr Waters has proven to be a successful CEO, with strong commercial and financial acumen, and extensive experience in government and stakeholder management.” 

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