Fortescue director to join Pilbara Minerals in recruitment coup

Lithium developer Pilbara Minerals has secured a recruitment coup by appointing current Fortescue Metals Group director Nick Cernotta to its board.

Cernotta will join Perth-based Pilbara Minerals as an independent non-executive director at the start of 2017.

As operations director at Fortescue since March 2014, Cernotta has played a key role in overseeing the operational performance of the company’s iron ore mines. Prior to joining Fortescue, Cernotta was the chief operating officer of mining contractor, Macmahon Holdings.

He has more than 30 years’ experience in the mining industry, spanning various commodities and operations in Australia, Africa, South West and Central Asia, Saudi Arabia and Papua New Guinea.

Pilbara Minerals managing director Ken Brinsden said securing the services of an executive such as Cernotta was a coup for the company.

“Of particular note, I would like to draw attention to the wonderful job that Nick has done at Fortescue over the past two-and-a-half years, overseeing the remarkable improvement in Fortescue’s operational performance and spearheading some technological and operational changes which have seen FMG deliver cost-savings that the envy of the mining industry,” Brinsden said.

Meanwhile, long-serving Pilbara Minerals non-executive director, Robert Adamson, has advised the company he will step down early next year. Pilbara Minerals envisages that Cernotta will fill the board position vacated by Adamson.

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