|By Marketwired .||
|March 26, 2014 07:00 AM EDT||
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/26/14 -- Asanko Gold ("Asanko") (TSX: AKG)(NYSE MKT: AKG)(NYSE Amex: AKG) is pleased to announce changes and additions to its Executive Management, as it strengthens the team in preparation of an investment decision in Q3 2014 to commence construction of Phase 1 of the Asanko Gold Mine ("AGM"), its flagship project in Ghana.
The Company has added depth to its technical team with the appointment of Rob Sherwen-Slater as Mining Executive, who will be based in the Projects office in Johannesburg. Rob has over 20 years of mining experience in operational, project management and executive roles in Africa and Australia. Most recently Rob was Group Executive Mining for Coffey International based in Australia. Prior to that he was Operations Director for Norilsk Nickel in Australia, Projects Director for LionOre Mining in Africa and Chief Mining Engineer for JCI Projects.
Mike Gloyne, former Chief Operating Officer of PMI Gold has been retained by the Company on a temporary basis to assist with the integration of PMI's assets into Asanko. In addition, Tony Devlin, Chief Operating Officer of Asanko, has resigned and taken early retirement.
Josephat (Joe) Zvaipa has been appointed Managing Director - Ghana and will be based in Ghana. Dr. Ben Adoo, formerly Managing Director and Chairman of the Company's Ghanaian subsidiary, will retain the full-time role of Executive Chairman in Ghana. Joe has over 25 years of experience in operations management, human resources, training and development. During his career, he has held positions as Operations Executive at Zimasco in Zimbabwe, one of Africa's largest integrated ferrochrome producers, Head of Training and Development at the Hwange Colliery, Zimbabwe's largest coal producer and Head of HR at LionOre Mining's Africa division, until its acquisition by Norilsk Nickel. Most recently he was Head of Organizational Capability at Asanko.
To fill the role left by Mr. Zvaipa's move to Ghana, the Company has hired Frans de Bruyn as Organizational Capability Executive, who will based in Johannesburg. Frans has extensive human resources and organizational development experience. He has held senior managerial positions in South Africa and Australia with a number of mining and mining services companies, including Anglo American, Rio Tinto and Snowden. During the past 20 years, he has focused on business readiness and capability development and worked as a consultant with Asanko, Mantra Resources, LionOre Mining, Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, BCL, Mimosa Mining Company and Zimasco. He holds a Doctorate in Psychology.
Commenting on the announcement Peter Breese, President and CEO, said "The Executive Management structure has been designed around the capabilities required for a high performance business to deliver our vision of becoming a mid-tier gold producer.
I am delighted to welcome Rob and Frans to the team. I believe we have put together a highly skilled and appropriately experienced Executive Management Team with a proven track record of operating in Africa and delivering projects on schedule and within budget.
I would like to thank Tony for the key role he has played in building Asanko over the past eighteen months and, in particular, for implementing our comprehensive stakeholder engagement plan in Ghana, which is critical to our social license to operate. On behalf of the team, I wish him well."
Executive Management Team Biographies
With the addition of Rob Slater and Frans de Bruyn, the Company has rounded out its Executive Team in line with its vision of becoming a mid-tier gold producer. Other current executive team members are as follows:
Peter Breese, Director, President & CEO
Mr. Breese has over 25 years operational experience in the global mining industry, predominantly in southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania and Zimbabwe) and Australia. Prior to joining Asanko, he was most recently CEO of Mantra Resources, before its US$1 billion acquisition by ARMZ, the wholly owned subsidiary of the Russian State Corporation for Nuclear Energy and Chief Executive of Norilsk International, following its US$6 billion acquisition of LionOre, where he was Chief Operating Officer. Peter has also held senior executive and Board positions with Impala Platinum Holdings, Mimosa Mining Company, Zimasco and BCL. He is currently a Director of TSX listed Coalspur Mines Limited and holds a PMD from Harvard Business School.
Greg McCunn, CFO
Mr. McCunn has been the CFO of Asanko for three years and has over 20 years of experience in the mining industry. His background includes technical, operational, corporate development and financial roles with Teck, Placer Dome and several junior mining companies in Canada and Australia. Most recently he was CFO of Farallon Mining, during which time the company constructed and commissioned the G-9 mine in Mexico and was subsequently acquired by Nyrstar. Greg holds a Master's degree in Business Administration as well as a Bachelor of Applied Science in Metallurgical Engineering.
Dr Ben Adoo, Executive Chairman - Ghana
Dr. Adoo is a mining engineer and has almost four decades experience in Ghana. He was former Managing Director, Ghana Bauxite Co., a subsidiary of Alcan, former General Manager of Prestea, Tarkwa and Dunkwa Goldfields in Ghana and is a past President and Honorary Member of Council of the Ghana Chamber of Mines. Dr. Adoo has also acted as a representative of Ghana's mining community on many occasions, including a recent role with the World Bank study on "The Mining Sector and Business Sector Development in Burkina Faso". He graduated from the Camborne School of Mines and holds a Masters in Engineering.
Hugo Truter, Projects Executive
Mr. Truter is a mechanical engineer and holds a bachelor of commerce degree in management. He has over 25 years experience of project and operational management in Africa and has worked in the gold, base metals, platinum and diamond sectors. Most recently he was Manager, Engineering for Mantra Resources' Mkuju River Project in Tanzania before its acquisition by ARMZ, the wholly owned subsidiary of the Russian State Corporation for Nuclear Energy. Prior to this, Hugo held a number of senior roles at Tati Nickel in Botswana, one of LionOre Mining's major mining operations, including Head of Engineering, Project Manager of the DMS plant, one of the world's largest and acted as General Manager of Tati for two years.
Rob Sherwen-Slater, Mining Executive
Mr. Sherwen-Slater has over 20 years of mining experience in operational, project management and executive roles in Africa and Australia. Most recently Rob was Group Executive Mining for Coffey International based in Australia. Prior to that he was Operations Director Australia for Norilsk Nickel, Projects Director for LionOre Mining and Chief Mining Engineer for JCI Projects. In addition to these corporate roles, Rob has had significant experience as a professional mining consultant in numerous parts of the world.
Ed Munnik, Metallurgical Executive
Mr. Munnik has over 30 years of experience working in Africa in the gold, nickel, uranium, copper and cobalt sectors. During his career, he was COO of Chambishi Metals, a copper and cobalt smelting, leaching, refining and electro winning facility in Zambia, Metallurgical Executive at LionOre Mining's Africa division and most recently Metallurgy Manager at Mantra Resources, where he managed the process aspect of the Definitive Feasibility Study for the Mkuju River Project. Ed holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and a Bachelor of Commerce degree.
Fausto Di Trapani, Finance Executive
Mr. Di Trapani is a Chartered Accountant with over 16 years auditing, accounting and information technology experience. During this time, he has held a number of financial management roles at BHP Billiton and Norilsk Nickel International. More recently Fausto was Financial Controller: Africa at Mantra Resources where he was responsible for managing the financial evaluation of the Mkuju River Project Definitive Feasibility Study and formulating the National Investment Steering Committee tax incentive package. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Accounting Sciences degree.
Josephat Zvaipa, Managing Director, Ghana
Mr. Zvaipa has over 25 years of experience in Operations, Human Resources, Training and Development. During his career, he has been Operations Executive at Zimasco in Zimbabwe, one of Africa's largest integrated ferrochrome producer, Head of Training and Development at the Hwange Colliery, Zimbabwe's largest coal producer and Head of HR at LionOre Mining's Africa division, until its acquisition by Norilsk Nickel. Most recently Joe was Head of Organizational Capability at Asanko.
About Asanko Gold Inc.
Asanko's vision is to become a mid-tier gold mining company that maximizes value for all its stakeholders. Asanko's flagship project is the fully financed, multi-million ounce Asanko Gold Mine Project located in Ghana, West Africa.
Asanko is managed by highly skilled and successful technical, operational and financial professionals. The Company is strongly committed to the highest standards for environmental management, social responsibility, and health and safety for its employees and neighbouring communities.
In his session at Cloud Expo, Robert Cohen, an economist and senior fellow at the Economic Strategy Institute, provideed economic scenarios that describe how the rapid adoption of software-defined everything including cloud services, SDDC and open networking will change GDP, industry growth, productivity and jobs. This session also included a drill down for several industries such as finance, social media, cloud service providers and pharmaceuticals.
Dec. 7, 2016 09:15 PM EST Reads: 304
In IT, we sometimes coin terms for things before we know exactly what they are and how they’ll be used. The resulting terms may capture a common set of aspirations and goals – as “cloud” did broadly for on-demand, self-service, and flexible computing. But such a term can also lump together diverse and even competing practices, technologies, and priorities to the point where important distinctions are glossed over and lost.
Dec. 7, 2016 08:45 PM EST Reads: 1,625
Data is the fuel that drives the machine learning algorithmic engines and ultimately provides the business value. In his session at Cloud Expo, Ed Featherston, a director and senior enterprise architect at Collaborative Consulting, discussed the key considerations around quality, volume, timeliness, and pedigree that must be dealt with in order to properly fuel that engine.
Dec. 7, 2016 08:15 PM EST Reads: 2,204
All clouds are not equal. To succeed in a DevOps context, organizations should plan to develop/deploy apps across a choice of on-premise and public clouds simultaneously depending on the business needs. This is where the concept of the Lean Cloud comes in - resting on the idea that you often need to relocate your app modules over their life cycles for both innovation and operational efficiency in the cloud. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at19th Cloud Expo, Valentin (Val) Bercovici, CTO of Soli...
Dec. 7, 2016 07:15 PM EST Reads: 1,782
Enterprise IT has been in the era of Hybrid Cloud for some time now. But it seems most conversations about Hybrid are focused on integrating AWS, Microsoft Azure, or Google ECM into existing on-premises systems. Where is all the Private Cloud? What do technology providers need to do to make their offerings more compelling? How should enterprise IT executives and buyers define their focus, needs, and roadmap, and communicate that clearly to the providers?
Dec. 7, 2016 07:15 PM EST Reads: 357
SYS-CON Events announced today that Dataloop.IO, an innovator in cloud IT-monitoring whose products help organizations save time and money, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Dataloop.IO is an emerging software company on the cutting edge of major IT-infrastructure trends including cloud computing and microservices. The company, founded in the UK but now based in San Fran...
Dec. 7, 2016 07:00 PM EST Reads: 463
Join Impiger for their featured webinar: ‘Cloud Computing: A Roadmap to Modern Software Delivery’ on November 10, 2016, at 12:00 pm CST. Very few companies have not experienced some impact to their IT delivery due to the evolution of cloud computing. This webinar is not about deciding whether you should entertain moving some or all of your IT to the cloud, but rather, a detailed look under the hood to help IT professionals understand how cloud adoption has evolved and what trends will impact th...
Dec. 7, 2016 06:00 PM EST Reads: 2,659
In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Claude Remillard, Principal Program Manager in Developer Division at Microsoft, contrasted how his team used config as code and immutable patterns for continuous delivery of microservices and apps to the cloud. He showed how the immutable patterns helps developers do away with most of the complexity of config as code-enabling scenarios such as rollback, zero downtime upgrades with far greater simplicity. He also demoed building immutable pipelines in the cloud ...
Dec. 7, 2016 06:00 PM EST Reads: 1,870
"We are the public cloud providers. We are currently providing 50% of the resources they need for doing e-commerce business in China and we are hosting about 60% of mobile gaming in China," explained Yi Zheng, CPO and VP of Engineering at CDS Global Cloud, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 7, 2016 05:45 PM EST Reads: 1,099
Businesses and business units of all sizes can benefit from cloud computing, but many don't want the cost, performance and security concerns of public cloud nor the complexity of building their own private clouds. Today, some cloud vendors are using artificial intelligence (AI) to simplify cloud deployment and management. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Ajay Gulati, Co-founder and CEO of ZeroStack, will discuss how AI can simplify cloud operations. He will cover the following topics: why clou...
Dec. 7, 2016 05:15 PM EST Reads: 926
"We are a custom software development, engineering firm. We specialize in cloud applications from helping customers that have on-premise applications migrating to the cloud, to helping customers design brand new apps in the cloud. And we specialize in mobile apps," explained Peter Di Stefano, Vice President of Marketing at Impiger Technologies, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 7, 2016 05:15 PM EST Reads: 333
IoT solutions exploit operational data generated by Internet-connected smart “things” for the purpose of gaining operational insight and producing “better outcomes” (for example, create new business models, eliminate unscheduled maintenance, etc.). The explosive proliferation of IoT solutions will result in an exponential growth in the volume of IoT data, precipitating significant Information Governance issues: who owns the IoT data, what are the rights/duties of IoT solutions adopters towards t...
Dec. 7, 2016 05:15 PM EST Reads: 262
As data explodes in quantity, importance and from new sources, the need for managing and protecting data residing across physical, virtual, and cloud environments grow with it. Managing data includes protecting it, indexing and classifying it for true, long-term management, compliance and E-Discovery. Commvault can ensure this with a single pane of glass solution – whether in a private cloud, a Service Provider delivered public cloud or a hybrid cloud environment – across the heterogeneous enter...
Dec. 7, 2016 05:15 PM EST Reads: 1,750
@DevOpsSummit taking place June 6-8, 2017 at Javits Center, New York City, is co-located with the 20th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo New York Call for Papers is now open.
Dec. 7, 2016 05:00 PM EST Reads: 1,920
Everyone knows that truly innovative companies learn as they go along, pushing boundaries in response to market changes and demands. What's more of a mystery is how to balance innovation on a fresh platform built from scratch with the legacy tech stack, product suite and customers that continue to serve as the business' foundation. In his General Session at 19th Cloud Expo, Michael Chambliss, Head of Engineering at ReadyTalk, discussed why and how ReadyTalk diverted from healthy revenue and mor...
Dec. 7, 2016 04:30 PM EST Reads: 1,676