ASX-listed emerging Ghanaian gold producer, Noble Mineral Resources has revealed that it has appointed former general manager of operations at copper miner Sandfire Resources, Craig Dawson, as Noble Mineral Resources CEO with effect from 22 July 2013.A mining engineer by profession, Dawson also holds an MBA from the University of Western Australia. He is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has more than 27 years of experience in the Australian mining industry, in underground and surface gold, copper, nickel and uranium operations. Dawson also worked in senior management positions with copper producer Aditya Birla Minerals and Northern Mining Limited. Between 2002 and 2008, he held several senior operational roles with LionOre/Norilsk Nickel Australia. We are delighted to have attracted an experienced mining executive of Craigs calibre to the role of CEO. He joins us at a crucial time in the companys development as we focus on transitioning to a profitable gold producer.
Craig has a wealth of leadership experience and his appointment will give added impetus to the development of the Bibiani Gold Project. As a first priority, we expect Craig will play an important role in the current review of operations being undertaken by our joint technical and operating committee with major shareholder, Resolute Mining, said Noble Mineral Resources nonexecutive director and acting CEO Brian Thomas.The Committee has identified a number of opportunities to improve operating efficiencies and is also undertaking a thorough review of the Project resources and reserves including development strategies, mine scheduling and exploration strategies. This technical review process will guide the development plan and timetable for Bibiani, which will be overseen by Craig in his capacity as CEO, revealed Thomas. Noble Mineral Resources assets and interests in Ghana include the opencast Bibiani gold mine, which is located in Western Ghana, 250 kilometres North-West of Accra, the Cape Three Concession on the southern extension of the Ashanti goldbelt and the Tumentu Concession, located 221 Km from Ghanas capital, Accra.