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Follow the leaders: This week’s executive appointments

Follow the leaders

Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including at Cazaly Resources, Argonaut Resources, Focus Minerals and more.

Cazaly Resources has appointed Tara French as managing director of the company to assist with the company’s exploration endeavours.

French brings 24 years’ mining and exploration experience and previously held the role of general manager of exploration at Regis Resources.

She has also held positions with Nickel Australia (Azure Minerals), WMC (Central Norseman Gold Mines) and Placer Dome.

The Cazaly board has welcomed her exploration skills and multiple commodity experience across gold, nickel and copper.

Cazaly holds an honours degree in economic metalliferous geology and is a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists.

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Argonaut Resources has appointed Simon Mitchell as managing director of its uranium subsidiary, Orpheus Minerals.

The appointment will complement Argonaut’s acquisition of uranium exploration licences across South Australia and the Northern Territory, with Orpheus set for an ASX listing later this year.

Mitchell has a strong history of uranium expertise to suit the role at Orpheus.

He previously served as general manager of business development at Toro Energy where he was responsible for mergers and acquisitions, and corporate and project financing.

Mitchell currently serves as managing director of Southern Gold, a role he will exit in late October.

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Focus Minerals has appointed Wanghong Yang as executive chairman of the company.

Yang has served as executive director and interim chief executive officer from July 2013 to December 2017 and moved on to a vice president business development unit role of Shandong Gold.

Shandong is Focus’ largest shareholder and Yang’s return is set to strengthen the company’s overall leadership.

The company also announced that Dianfei Pei has resigned from his position as non-executive chairman.

Focus is preparing mineral resource and reserve updates for the Coolgardie gold project in Western Australia.

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OreCorp has appointed Henk Diedrichs as chief operating officer to help advance the company’s definitive feasibility study at the Nyzanzaga project in Tanzania.

Diedrichs previously held a role as vice president project development in late 2016 and brings more than 20 years’ mining operation and project development experience to the COO role.

“We have known and worked with Henk for nearly 20 years. He played a key role in the development of Lumwana and added significant value to the early study phases at Nyanzaga,” OreCorp chairman Craig Williams said.

“I see him making a substantial contribution to Nyanzaga as we optimise the definitive feasibility study and work to unlock value in what is one of the world’s best undeveloped gold projects. Henk’s experience will be invaluable as we move into operational readiness.”

Diedrichs has a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.

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Arizona Lithium has appointed Matthew Blumberg as executive director amid the company’s exploration and development of the Big Sandy lithium project in the United States.

Blumberg is based in the US and is currently a director for NASDAQ-listed ALJ Regional Holdings and has previously served in investment-based roles across New York and Sydney.

He also holds a master of business administration from Yale University and an engineering and commerce double degree from the University of Western Australia.

Arizona Lithium stated that Blumberg would focus on the company’s US investors and will also work to build strategic partnerships with US-based battery manufacturers or end users.

The company is aiming for rapid progression of the Big Sandy project at a time of growing lithium demand.

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