Follow the leaders: This week’s executive appointments


Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including at Mineral Resources, De Grey Mining, and Fortescue Future Industries (FFI).

Mineral Resources (MRL) has added Kevin Gallagher to its board as an independent non-executive director, following his departure from construction engineering giant Clough.

Gallagher has also been the managing director and chief executive officer for oil company Santos, as well as a stint with Woodside Petroleum.

MRL chairman Peter Wade saw Gallagher as an important cog to understand the company’s next steps in sustainable operation.

“MRL is committed to continually improving its sustainable performance to provide the metals and minerals which the world needs to transition to a low-carbon future,” Wade said.

“As part of our commitment, we are delighted to welcome Kevin to the MRL family. His extensive corporate background and knowledge of the Australian energy market will be of great value to MRL.”


Gold miner De Grey Mining welcomed Samantha Hogg as an independent non-executive director, bringing years of experience in senior finance, strategy, marketing and government roles.

De Grey chairman Simon Lill said Hogg’s arrival marked the end of a careful search to fill the role.

“Following an extensive selection process we are delighted that Samantha has agreed to join the De Grey board and welcome her contribution as we continue to develop our exciting Mallina gold project,” Lill said.

De Grey owns the 6.8 million ounce Hemi gold deposit within Mallina and expects it to produce about 473,000 ounces of gold for the first five years of production.


Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) has welcomed Rosemary Fagen as a non-executive director to integrate Rio Tinto’s Safe Production System.

Fagen is currently the head of operational excellence, people and the office of the chief operating officer at Rio Tinto, and was also vice president of human resources for Rio’s Energy group from 2010 to 2014.

Before her time with Rio, Fagen held similar positions at Qatar Airways, Qantas Group and AWA.


Orexplore Technologies has appointed a new chief financial officer in David French who will help to commercialise the company’s technology platform.

Orexplore is focussed on mineral scanning technology and French’s decades of experience in numerous finance roles around the mining and engineering industries is hoped to contribute strongly.

These roles included at Clough, Roy Hill and Chevron, as well as $2 billion insurance broker Lockton Companies Australia.

Orexplore managing director Brett Giroud said French’s experience was a major asset to the company.

“David brings extensive financial discipline, commercial acumen and a strategic lens developed through supporting high-growth businesses which will be very important for the company as it advances the commercialisation of our technology platform,” Giroud said.


Fortescue Future Industries (FFI), a Fortescue Metals Group subsidiary, has appointed Stan Knez as chief technology officer in the hope he can identify early phase energy-transition technologies for potential strategic positioning or investment.

Knez has spent 30 years in the industry across global technology portfolios, most recently at Technip Energies, a leading French business in liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Knez said he was excited by the opportunity presented at FFI.

“I am looking forward to starting with FFI as it powers forward creating a green energy and green technology powerhouse that could revolutionise the way we power our planet, decarbonise heavy industry and create jobs globally,” Knez said.

“We are seeing growing demand for green energy solutions, as industries look for greener fuels to reduce their carbon footprint and meet their sustainability goals. I’m excited to join the FFI team to help meet that demand.”

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