KEFI Minerals, the AIM-quoted gold and copper exploration and development company with projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, announced this morning that it has expanded its senior management team as part of preparations for development and operations.
In addition, in accordance with the share option scheme of the Company, the Directors have approved the recommendation of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee to make a grant of share options over 12,600,000 new ordinary shares of the Company to Certain Directors and senior managers (the “Options”). The Options have an exercise price of 4.5p per Ordinary Share, representing a c. 23% premium to the VWAP for the week commencing 22 January 2018. Following the grant of the Options, there will be options outstanding under the Scheme and pursuant to earlier arrangements over approximately 9.3%of the issued Ordinary Share capital as compared with the Scheme limit of 10%.
Three people have been appointed to the Company’s senior management team (“Excom”) which currently comprises Harry Anagnostaras-Adams (Executive Chairman) and John Leach (Finance Director). The three new appointments are the members of International Mining Performance: David Munro to serve as Head of Operations, Eddy Solbrandt as Head of Systems and Brian Hosking as Head of Human Resources and Technical Planning as from March 2018. Wayne Nicoletto remains as Managing Director, Ethiopia and Jeff Rayner as Adviser-Exploration Strategy. Brief descriptions of the new appointees are set out below. The Excom reports to the Company’s Board via the Executive Chairman.
The Company considers the new appointees to be high calibre individuals, whose appointment is timed to provide the senior operational leadership required for the Company’s exciting next chapter. They have committed to take at least half of their remuneration in KEFI shares, which is consistent with the past practice of the existing Excom. Their share-based fees for the first year will be based on the then agreed share market price also to be used for issuance of shares in the next few months to other service providers such as Lycopodium Limited which is currently carrying out various pre-works programs. Shares issued to International Mining Performance as from their second year will be based on the VWAP from month to month.
David Munro, Operations: Began his career as a mining engineer in underground mining and progressed to manage all parts of the minerals value chain. He has been responsible for mining and smelting operations on five continents and every major commodity.
Managing Director of Billiton BV. Under his leadership this business grew into one of the world’s largest and lowest cost integrated producers of primary aluminium. He led the acquisition of control of Worsley Alumina and he brought on the world class Mozal aluminium smelter project.
After the merger of Billiton and BHP to form the world’s largest mining company, he was appointed President Strategy and Development.
As Chief Executive of the then ailing RMC Group plc, once a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index, he overhauled the company’s strategy and management. By 2005 the company’s prospects had improved and it was sold.
He was also one of the original UK based directors of Kazakhmys plc, the first former Soviet mining company to list on the LSE main board in 2005. As Strategy Director he was instrumental in the establishment of their two major open pit copper projects in Kazakhstan, both of which are now in production.
Eddy Solbrandt, Systems: Eddy began his career in the mining industry in 1986 and has since worked in open cut and underground metalliferous mines, as well as in coal, gold and mineral sands in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Mexico, UK, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Thailand, South Africa, Mozambique and Namibia.
Eddy is founder of GPR Dehler, an independent, international management consultancy which specialises productivity improvement for mining companies worldwide, especially in the areas of human resources development and performance improvement.
He is adept at providing swift assessment, analysis and development of solutions and strategies for achieving strategic, operational and financial objectives integrating process, people and technology. He is a seasoned facilitator experienced in designing and conducting interactive strategy workshops.
Brian Hosking, Human Resources and Technical Planning: Brian began his career as a geologist and had a successful technical career working in a variety of gold, coal and diamond exploration and mining operations with a focus on geology, long term mine planning and ultimately the management of all the geological services of five large operating mines. He is a Fellow of the IOMMM and has an in depth knowledge of the industry having overseen a number of different exploration and mining projects.
In 1990 set up his own human resource consulting firm. Over the next ten years he led the growth and development of this business and oversaw its integration into Transearch International a large global search firm with 45 offices around the world. In this process Hosking was appointed onto the firm’s regional executive and in 1999 he was elected to serve on Transearch Board. In this capacity, he relocated to London in 2001 as the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director.
In 2003 Brian set up Meyer Hosking & Associates and since then has focused his efforts exclusively on the mining sector developing this niche in London providing strategic services including remuneration advice, management assessment and executive search to a wide range of clients including major FTSE listed entities and smaller start-up ventures.
Over the years Brian has established a strong international reputation as a consultant with an in depth knowledge of the industry. In this capacity he is regularly retained as a strategic advisor to executive management teams and boards across the mining industry.
Commenting on the new appointments, Harry Anagnostaras-Adams, Executive Chairman of KEFI said: “I am very pleased to welcome my new colleagues from International Mining Performance to the KEFI senior management team. Their experience will be invaluable to KEFI as we build our first mine and grow from there in the Arabian Nubian Shield.”