Follow the leaders: This week’s appointments

Stay on top of the latest executive movement across the mining sector over the past week, including at AngloGold Ashanti, Kalamazoo Resources, Adriatic Metals and more.

AngloGold Ashanti is reshuffling its board after chief executive Kelvin Dushnisky announced he would be departing his role.

Current company chief financial officer Christine Ramon has been appointed interim chief executive while the board begins its recruitment process for a new chief executive.

Ramon has been AngloGold Ashanti director for six years and prior to that held senior management positions at companies including Sasol and Johnnic Holdings.

AngloGold Ashanti senior vice president: group finance Ian Kramer is filling Ramon’s role of chief financial officer during this transition period.

The company has also appointed an independent non-executive director to its board, Kojo Busia, who officially started the position in August.

Busia’s most recent role was chief of natural resources management section, division of technology, climate change and natural resource management at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

AngloGold Ashanti thanked Dushnisky for his commitment to the company and welcomed Busia aboard.


Kalamazoo Resources has gained two senior exploration geologists, Matthew Rolfe and Margaret Hawke to start work at its newly acquired Ashburton gold project in Western Australia.

Rolfe joined the company directly from previous Ashburton owner, Northern Star Resources, bringing with him in-depth understanding of the project.

Hawke boasts an impressive resume, having been named the 2010 AMEC Prospector of the Year and is jointly credited for the discovery of Sandfire Resources’ DeGrussa copper-gold project in Western Australia.

Kalamazoo non-executive director and Ashburton project manager said with Rolfe and Hawke at the helm, the company was well positioned to generate value from the project’s significant gold system.


Adriatic Metals has made a number of changes to its board as Peter Bilbe stepped down from his role as non-executive chairman, remaining only as a non-executive director to the company.

Michael Rawlinson, who has served on the company’s board since early last year, will fill the position of non-executive chairman.

Bilbe said he was “delighted” with Adriatic Metals’ progress as a company and that he was looking forward to remaining involved with the company in his new role.

The company also welcomed Sanela Karic as a new non-executive director to the company.

Karic has more than 15 years of experience as a lawyer and built a career across the corporate affairs, mergers and acquisitions and human resources sectors.


Titan Minerals has named David Sadgrove as its new chief financial officer after a comprehensive executive search.

Sadgrove will work closely with managing director Laurie Marsland to set Titan on a path of reviving exploration at the Dynasty gold project and the nearby Copper Duke gold-copper porphyry project in Ecuador.

He was previously involved with other ASX-listed gold producers that were based in South America, backed up by more than 20 years of experience in the resources, technology and pharmaceutical sectors.

This includes an eight-year stint as chief financial officer and secretary of Troy Resources and contract chief financial officer and secretary in the graphite and phosphate sectors.


Geologist Mark McGeough is the newest board member of Thor Mining, joining as a non-executive director, effective immediately.

McGeough has working background in commodities that Thor is focussed on, including copper, gold, molybdenum and uranium.

During the past five years, McGeough served as a director of Chinova Resources’ Cloncurry mines, Tennant Creek, Osborne and operations divisions.

Other previous positions include general manager of geology for Chinova, general manager of exploration at Toro Energy, manager – geological survey for the South Australian Government and with Mt Isa mines.


BlackEarth Minerals has welcomed aboard a chief financial officer who is an experienced graphite mining executive, David Round.

Round joined the company after an extensive period serving as head of finance, sales and marketing at a fellow Australian graphite company, Bass Metals.

In this role, Round led a team that acquired the Graphmada graphite mine in Madagascar, managing operations and marketing and logistics networks for the sale of graphite to the United States, India, China and across Europe.

BlackEarth managing director Tom Revy was excited to welcome Round to the team, describing him as “one of the few Australian based executives that has an extensive operational knowledge of the graphite industry and market”.

Round replaces outgoing chief financial officer and secretary Simon Storm, who will remain as joint secretary during the handover process over the next couple of months.


Peter Muccilli has joined the board of Poseidon Minerals as an independent non-executive director, effective August 3.

Muccilli is a qualified geologist with more than 30 years in the resources sector, having worked in a variety of roles in exploration and development focussed on nickel, gold and other base metals.

This includes key executive roles at Mincor Resources spanning 15 years, during which time he helped the company to achieve significant nickel exploration and production successes.

Poseidon chairman Derek La Ferla welcomed Muccilli to the board, looking forward to his involvement to “unlock this emerging value” of the company.

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