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MINING PEOPLE IN THE NEWS: Barrick, Gryphon Gold, Kola Mining, Platinex, Redcorp, Uranium City Resources and Vaaldiam

Greg Wilkins has been named executive vice-chairman of Toronto's BARRICK GOLD following his resignation from the po...


Greg Wilkins has been named executive vice-chairman of Toronto’s BARRICK GOLD following his resignation from the position of president and CEO at the company. Wilkins had been CEO since February 2003, leading Barrick through a period of sustained growth, including the $10-billion acquisition of Placer Dome in 2006.

GRYPHON GOLD of Vancouver has named John L. Key its CEO and a director. He spent most of his career with Cominco and Teck Cominco at the Magmont, Polaris and Red Dog mines.

Vancouver-based KOLA MINING has appointed Igor A. Kovarsky its new CEO, retroactively effective to June 1, 2008. He is also president and a director of the firm. While working with Centerra Gold, Kovarsky played a key role in the acquisition, feasibility work and successful development of the Kumtor gold mine in Kyrgyzstan.

PLATINEX of Toronto has retained the services of Chief Glenn Nolan to facilitate negotiations with First Nations communities and provide a hands-on Aboriginal perspective to the company. Nolan is the elected chief of the Missanabie Cree First nation, second VP of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, and president of Learning Together, a non-profit organization sharing information and experience with Aboriginal communities across Canada and internationally.

Peter Nelega has been given the position of mill superintendent for Vancouver-based REDCORP VENTURES’ developing Tulsequah Chief base metal mine in British Columbia. He was recently manager of the Minto mill and before that the Eskay Creek concentrator. Nelega will assume his duties on Sept. 15, 2008.

URANIUM CITY RESOURCES located in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, has named Malcolm Bucholtz as president and CEO and Glenn Kasner as COO following the resignation of Robert J. Kasner.

There are new faces on the operating team of Toronto’s VAALDIAM RESOURCES. Donald Best is now VP technical services, leaving his former job as VP operations to Jonathan Hsuan. The other change is the promotion of Fernando Cezar de Aguiar to generation manager of mining.


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