Follow the leaders: This week’s executive appointments

Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including at Newcrest Mining, Liontown, Blackstone Minerals and more.

Newcrest Mining finance director and chief financial officer Gerard Bond has retired from his role at the company.

Bond, who is the longest serving member of the Newcrest’s executive committee and board, will leave the company from January 3, 2022 after 10 years in his role.

“It has been an honour and privilege to serve as the finance director and CFO (chief financial officer) over the past decade and be part of the transformation of the company,” Bond said.

“Today, Newcrest has a clear purpose, a clear strategy and an exceptionally strong balance sheet. The company is well positioned to fund its pipeline of organic growth opportunities and deliver strong returns to shareholder.”

Newcrest managing director and chief executive officer Sandeep Biswas thanked Bond for his commitment to the company.

“Gerard has been instrumental in orchestrating the turnaround of Newcrest, across all measures, over his tenure here,” he said. “I have always valued his leadership, energy and drive for excellence. He has been a great partner to me and an inspiration to many across the organisation.”

The company will commence a process to select Bond’s successor with internal and external candidates to be considered.

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Liontown Resources chief executive officer and managing director Tony Ottaviano has started his role at the company following the announcement on February 11.

Ottaviano is a global mining executive with 30 years’ experience spearheading operations in Australia, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Africa.

Ottavinio has previously held senior executive roles at BHP and Rio Tinto.

Liontown chairman Tim Goyder said the appointment marks a new phase for the company.

“This marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Liontown,” he said.

“We are delighted that Tony is now fully on-board as managing director, and we are very much looking forward to the strong leadership and strategic vision that he brings to the company as we take our Tier 1 lithium asset at Kathleen Valley through to financing and development at a very exciting time of growth and opportunity in the battery metals sector.”

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Blackstone Minerals has appointed Shannan Bamforth as managing director of subsidiary Codrus Minerals.

Codrus is a spin out company of Blackstone’s non-core gold assets.

Bamforth is a geologist that holds more than 20 years’ experience in the resources industry, focussing on base metals and gold.

He had previously worked as Sandfire Resources’ general manager geology since 2010, prior to taking the role at Blackstone.

Bamforth has also worked for Regent Pacific Group, St Barabara Mines, AngloGold Ashanti and Acacia Resources.

Blackstone Minerals managing direct Scott Williamson welcomed Bamforth’s expertise.

“We are delighted to announce the appointment of Shannan, following the completion of a comprehensive and highly competitive executive search,” he said.

“Shannan has the right blend of technical and corporate experience to spearhead a dedicated management team that will build on what is an exciting portfolio of gold assets.”

Bamforth is also a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM).

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New Energy Minerals has assigned Andrew Haythorpe as managing director of the company from May 3, 2021.

Haythorpe will initially work part-time as he seeks the company’s re-admission to the ASX, along with the completion of acquiring a new mineral project.

New Energy Minerals stated that Haythorpe will convert to full-time as the project requires.

Haythorpe is currently chairman of Allup Sand, a director of Lithium Consolidated and Stunalara, and founder of Ouro.

He brings long-standing experience in gold exploration and project development, previously holding roles in gold drilling campaigns across Queensland and Victoria.

Haythorpe had previously guided Crescent Gold from exploration into production as managing director.

“He is well placed to introduce additional gold projects to the company for review for possible acquisition in the future,” New Energy Minerals stated.

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Magnum Mining has appointed Matt Latimore as a new director of the company.

Latimore is a non-executive director of Bowen Coking Coal.

He is also the founder and president of M Resources, which concentrates on the marketing, investment and trading of steelmaking raw materials with a focus on coal.

M Resources has shipped 400 cargoes of metallurgical coal as principle to global steel mills, with executive marketing rights for Stanmore Resources and Bowen Coking Coal in Australia, along with Allegiance New Elk mine in the United States.

Prior to M Resources’ founding, Latimore was Wesfarmers Curragh coal’s general manager sales and marketing for 10 years.

Latimore was also a director of Curragh Coal along with holding various positions with Mitsui & Co Coal Department.

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