Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, featuring South32, Pilbara Minerals, De Grey Mining and more.
South32 has reshuffled its leadership team, with chief financial officer (CFO) Katie Tovich to be appointed as chief human resources and commercial officer.
This will coincide with vice president finance Sandy Sibenaler becoming the company’s new CFO.
South32 chief executive officer Graham Kerr said these changes were made with the future in mind.
“These changes position us well for the future and I’m pleased that we’ve been able to make these appointments from within the business, reflecting the depth of our succession pipeline,” he said.
“Katie has been an integral part of South32 since formation and has held key roles across finance, investor relations, treasury and external affairs.
“She has been an outstanding chief financial officer, overseeing our disciplined approach to capital management, strong balance sheet and the delivery of record returns to shareholders.”
Kerr said Sibenaler brings a depth of experience in strategic financial planning, funding and risk management to the CFO role, along with being a passionate advocate for diversity and creating safe work environments.
Acting chief human resources and commercial officer Rob Jackson will resume his role as South32’s vice president supply.
Pilbara Minerals has appointed its third new executive in as many weeks, with Sandra McInnes joining the company as chief sustainability officer.
McInnes will be responsible for advancing Pilbara’s sustainability initiatives and implementing the company’s energy transition pathway.
McInnes had a distinguished career at Woodside Energy, where she held several senior roles across the portfolios of sustainability, corporate affairs and human resources.
Pilbara Minerals managing director and chief executive officer Dale Henderson said McInnes has a track record of delivery and strong stakeholder experience.
“Sustainability is at the heart of Pilbara Minerals’ business and we are committed to the ongoing strengthening of our ESG (environmental, social and governance) performance across all sustainability metrics,” he said.
“Her (McInnes’) extensive stakeholder and cross-functional experience within sustainability will be an immense asset to our team as we enhance our capability and capacity in sustainability in lock-step with our growth strategy of expanded production, downstream chemicals participation and diversification.”
De Grey Mining has appointed a project director for its Hemi gold project in WA, with Peter Holmes to commence with the company this month.
Most recently studies director for SolGold at its Cascabel project in Ecuador, Holmes had a distinguished career at Barrick Gold prior to that, in senior project execution and director roles.
De Grey managing director Glenn Jardine said Holmes was the perfect addition to the team as it advances its Hemi project.
“Peter will continue to establish De Grey’s project development capability by building on the existing project team in line with the company’s strategic workforce plan,” he said.
“Peter’s appointment follows the achievement of recent project milestones including reaching agreement with the Kariyarra people over the project area and the receipt of encouraging indicative traditional project debt funding proposals from leading industry financiers for the project’s development.”
Australian Vanadium has appointed Miriam Stanborough and Peter Watson as non-executive directors and Louis Mostert as chief legal and commercial officer and joint company secretary.
Stanborough has a background in chemical engineering, with more than two decades of experience in the mineral processing industry. Watson is also a chemical engineer, with four decades’ experience in technical, project and management roles.
Mostert joins Australian Vanadium full-time after providing specialist advice to the company on a consultancy basis for the past two years.
“Being a degree qualified engineer and highly credentialed lawyer, Louis combines practical commercial acumen with legal excellence, which will deliver outsized value as we manage risk and opportunity, continuously improve our governance, and work through an extensive pipeline of transactions ahead of us to deliver the Australian Vanadium project,” Australian Vanadium chief executive officer Graham Arvidson said.
Former Sandfire Resources boss Karl Simich has joined Balkan Mining and Minerals as a director, where he will provide expertise on strategy, corporate and business development, and stakeholder relations.
During his 15 years at the helm of Sandfire, Simich elevated the company from a junior micro-cap to a successful mid-tier producer, with the development of the DeGrussa copper operation in WA a key achievement.
Balkan managing director Ross Cotton said Simich had the experience in exploration and mining to elevate the company and its prospective lithium projects in Europe and Canada.
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