MINING PEOPLE IN THE NEWS – Dia Bras, Fission Energy, Goldex, Orezone, Platinum Group, Rio Tinto, Southern Era and Yamana Gold

DIA BRAS EXPLORATION of Montreal has named Daniel Tellechea as president and CEO. Former president Rejean Gosselin ...
DIA BRAS EXPLORATION of Montreal has named Daniel Tellechea as president and CEO. Former president Rejean Gosselin will retain his seat on the board.

Ross McElroy has joined FISSION ENERGY of Vancouver as its VP exploration. He was a member of the team that first discovered the MacArthur River uranium deposit in Saskatchewan. He also has successful diamond exploration experience.

GOLDEX RESOURCES of Vancouver has named Larry Kornze as VP exploration. A former regional manager for Barrick, he has explored for gold and other precious minerals throughout the America, Europe and China.

Ottawa-headquartered OREZONE RESOURCES has named Louis Gignac as project executive for the development of its Essakane gold project in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Gignac is an industry veteran with extensive international experience. He served as the president and CEO of Cambior from its inception in 1986 to its acquisition by IamGold in 2006. He has also held management positions with Falconbridge Copper and Exxon Minerals. He has a doctorate in mining engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla. He also holds a master's degree in mineral engineering from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor's degree in mining engineering from Laval University. Gignac is a member of the CIM and the Ordre des ingenieurs du Quebec.

PLATINUM GROUP of Vancouver and Johannesburg has appointed Peter Busse as COO. He is a veteran manager of Canadian gold mines as well as mines elsewhere. For the past two years he was project manager for Procon Mining and Tunneling.

Following the acquisition of Alcan, RIO TINTO of London, U.K., has added former Alcan executives Yves Fortier, Paul Tellier and Dick Evans to its board. Evans is also the CEO of the combined aluminum group, Rio Tinto Alcan. Rio Tinto has extended its successful offer for Alcan shares until Nov. 8, 2007.

SOUTHERNERA DIAMONDS of Toronto has accepted the resignations of non-executive chairman Chris Jennings and non-executive director Paul Brink. David Fish, Kalaa Mpinga and Robert Shirriff have been named to the board.

Toronto-based YAMANA GOLD has made a number of appointments following its business combination with Meridian Gold and Northern Orion. The list includes: Darcy Marud as senior VP exploration; Ludovico Costa as senior VP operations for the company; Edgar Smith as VP operations in Chile; Evandro Cintra as VP technical services; and Greg McKnight as senior VP business development. The company also plans to retain all general managers and senior managers at its seven mines. Chairman and CEO Peter Marrone and president and COO Antenor Silva will retain their positions. Former Meridian directors Robert A. Horn, Richard P. Graff and Carl L. Renzoni have been invited to join the Yamana board.


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