Rare earths producer Hastings Technology Metals has appointed Paul Brown as its new chief executive officer (CEO), effective from September 21.
The news comes after Hastings announced in mid-July that its interim CEO Alwyn Vorster would not extend his contract beyond July 31.
Brown holds two decades of experience acting in various senior roles within the mining industry, including at Mineral Resources (MinRes) since April 2015, and as its CEO of commodities since July 2020.
Prior to joining MinRes, Brown worked in roles across general management, operational leadership, technical direction, project and studies management, business enhancement, mineral resource assessment and mine strategy.
Brown has also previously held senior roles at Leighton Holdings, HWE Mining, and Fortescue Metals Group between 2010 and 2015.
Hastings Technology Metals executive chairman Charles Lew said the company is pleased to welcome Brown as its new CEO.
“Paul’s appointment reflects his deep expertise across the entire mining project lifecycle and strong track record in major project construction management, commissioning, and operation,” Lew said.
“Under his leadership, the board is confident that Hastings will be well positioned to steer the Yangibana project to first rare earth concentrate production in early 2025, creating long term value for our shareholders, stakeholders and our people.”
Brown said he is honoured to join Hastings during a transformative phase for the company.
“The Yangibana project holds immense potential, and I’m eager to apply my experience and insights to realise its full value,” Brown said.
“Collaborating closely with Charles and the entire team, I am confident that we can navigate the challenges ahead and pave the way for a successful and sustainable future in the rare earths industry.”