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Johnny Blizzard joined the Company on January 5, 2015 in the capacity of Chief Operating Officer (COO) and was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Executive Director as of February 12, 2015. Mr. Blizzard has 26 years of experience in the mining industry, his last appointment as Director of Operations at Kinross Tasiast Gold Mine in Mauritania, Africa. Previously, he has worked in different positions in Brazil, Chile and the United States. Mr. Blizzard holds a bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and is a Master of Engineering.
Mattew Colwill was appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) as of February 12, 2015. Mr. Colwill already worked for the Company as Finance Manager from October 2011 to November 2013, before he was appointed CFO of Mutanda Mining SARL (DRC based subsidiary of Glencore). Previously, Mr. Colwill had worked 13 years for KPMG in different positions in UK, Germany and USA. Before that, he had served 7 years in the Royal Navy. Mr. Colwill holds a BSc (Hons) in Politics & Applied Economics and is an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Don Peterson joined the Company on 23 January 2013 as General Manager – Mining and was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) as of February 12, 2015. Mr. Peterson has 22 years of experience in the mining industry. Previously, he has worked in various positions within Canada, Peru, Indonesia and South Africa. Mr. Peterson holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mining Engineering from the University of British Columbia.
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