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The world's largest publicly traded, stand-alone molybdenum producer, BLUE PEARL MINING of Toronto, has named Kevin...


The world’s largest publicly traded, stand-alone molybdenum producer, BLUE PEARL MINING of Toronto, has named Kevin Loughrey as president and CEO. Most recently he held those positions at Thompson Creek Metals, which Blue Pearl bought last month.

ECU SILVER of Toronto has a new president, Stephen J. Altmann. He will assume his duties on Jan. 8, 2007, and the current president, Michel Roy, will retain his roles as chairman and CEO.

Wade Nesmith has been appointed chairman and a director of Vancouver-based PACIFICA RESOURCES. He is a graduate of Osgood Hall Law School.

The boards of RIO TINTO PLC and RIO TINTO LIMITED have chosen Tom Albanese to succeed Leigh Clifford as CEO. He is a 49-year-old U.S. citizen who holds degrees mineral economics and mining engineering from the University of Alaska. He joined Rio Tinto in 1993.The appointment will take effect on May 1, 2007, following the company’s annual meeting.

ROMARCO MINERALS of Vancouver has named Thomas Kilbey as senior geologist.

Toronto’s TEMEX RESOURCES has engaged Bruce Durham in a geological consulting and advisory capacity.

Dr. Paul West-Sells is the new senior metallurgist at WESTERN COPPER of Vancouver. Over the past five years, West-Sells held the same position at Placer Dome Technical Services where he helped develop the MATS gold thiosulphate leaching process. He also developed programs to investigate a wide range of gold extraction and copper heap leaching technologies.


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