DAILY NEWS Jan 17, 2013 4:19 PM - 0 comments

MINING PEOPLE: Estrella Gold, Gowest Gold, Precipitate Gold, Rio Tinto and Strongco

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Estrella Gold Corp. of Vancouver has named John R. Wilson president and CEO. His 40-plus-year career includes discoveries in Brazil, Nevada and Peru.

John Frostiak, recently retired from Barrick Gold, has joined Gowest Gold of Toronto as a senior consultant. He will advise as the company puts its wholly owned Frankfield East gold deposit into production near Timmins.

The new president and CEO at Vancouver's Precipitate Gold Corp. is Jeffrey R. Wilson.

Tom Albanese has stepped down as CEO of Rio Tinto by mutual agreement with the board. Sam Walsh, CEO of iron ore, succeeds him, effective immediately. Doug Ritchie, who led the acquisition of coal assets in Mozambique, has also stepped down. The company expects to recognize a non-cash impairment charge of approximately US$14 billion (post tax) in its 2012 full year results.

Strongco Corp. of Mississauga, ON, has adjusted its management team with the appointment of Stephen Slama as VP Multiline and Oliver Nachevski as general manager CASE. Slama holds a BSc in mining engineering from Queen's University and an MBA from McMaster University. He formerly worked for Sandvik. Nachevski joined the company in 1996, eventually becoming director of dealer management system. He holds a CGA designation. The appointments take effect on Feb. 4, 2013.

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