Iggy Tan has been appointed MD of Kogi Iron Ltd (ASX:KFE) (Kogi Iron) effective 26 August 2013.

An Australian-based iron ore exploration and development company, Kogi Iron is focused on the exploration and development of its 100% owned Agbaja iron ore project (Agbaja) located in Kogi State, Republic of Nigeria, West Africa.

Tan will be responsible for managing and implementing the Board’s strategy for the company. Tan said “I am excited to join Kogi Iron and look forward to driving the development of the Agbaja Project. Agbaja represents potentially significant value to Kogi Iron shareholders, the local Agbaja community and the Republic of Nigeria”.

Kogi’s Non-Executive Chairman, Ian Burston said “We are delighted to have Iggy accept the position of MD to take responsibility for the next stage of development of the Agbaja Project.

‘His skills will complement those held by the Board, and his enthusiasm and experience will be a welcome addition to the team engaged in the development and building of what will become a hallmark project for minerals extraction in the Republic of Nigeria.”

Tan is an executive with over 30 years’ experience in the mining and chemical industry, who holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern Cross, a Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Australia, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He is a project builder and developer having been involved with commissioning and start-ups of seven resource projects in Australia as well as overseas. His skills include capital raising, project study, construction and operations.

Previously Tan held the position of MD of Galaxy Resources Limited (ASX: GXY) between 2008 and 2013, where he was responsible for the capital raising, finance, construction and start-up of the Mt Cattlin Spodumene mine ($80m) and the Jiangsu Lithium Carbonate Plant ($100m), allowing Galaxy to become the preeminent producer of high grade lithium carbonate in the world. He also oversaw the corporate takeover and acquisition of Canadian company, Lithium One.

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