Mining moves: Syrah Resources appoints new managing director, and more

Australian Mining brings readers the latest corporate appointments and departures in the local and international mining industry.

Shaun Verner has been appointed managing director and chief executive officer of graphite developer Syrah Resources. Verner joined the company in October 2016 as executive general manager – sales and marketing. Prior to joining Syrah, Verner was at BHP Billiton for 20 years in a variety of executive roles, working across a range of commodities. In other moves at Syrah, Jim Askew will revert to his non-executive chairman role after spending four months in the executive chairman position. The company has also appointed Rob Schaefer as chief commercial officer.

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Julius Matthys is the new non-executive chairman of Perth-based gold company, Doray Minerals. Matthys has 35 years’ experience in the global minerals and mining industry, and five years’ experience as an ASX-listed company director. He has held senior executive positions with BHP Billiton in the past.

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Former interim chief executive and managing director of Atlas Iron, Daniel Harris, has been appointed to the board of Australian Vanadium as director. Harris provides a vast amount of expertise in the vanadium industry and an understanding of the resources sector from both a technical and financial perspective, according to Australian Vanadium.

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Chris Creagh has been appointed chief executive officer of copper explorer Elementos. Creagh, a geologist with more than 30 years’ experience, has been operations manager of the company for the past five months and has accelerated the expansion and development of the Cleveland tin project.

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Minotaur Exploration has promoted Roger Higgins to the position of non-executive chairman and appointed George McKenzie as a non-executive director. Higgins joined Minotaur’s board in July last year and is also a non-executive director of Newcrest Mining, Metminco and Ok Tedi Mining. McKenzie has 30 years’ practice in resources regulation, joint venture agreements, native title and Aboriginal heritage clearance agreements, project infrastructure development approvals and general commercial issues.

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Dianmin Chen has resigned as managing director of CuDeco after helping the company transform from an explorer into a producer. Chen’s last day with the company will be on April 30.

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Westgold Resources has appointed Peter Schwann as an independent non-executive director. Schwann is an experienced geologist and mining executive, with experience across multiple commodities, as well as in operational management. Meanwhile, Warren Hallam has resigned as a director of Westgold following the demerger of the company from Metals X.

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