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Diversified base metals miner MMG, who owns and operates the world-class Kinsevere copper mine in the DRC, has appointed its second CEO in less than a year following the resignation of current CEO Jerry Jiao.

Jiao has advised of his intention to return to Beijing in a senior executive position at MMG’s major shareholder China Minmetals Corporation (CMC) and will step down from the CEO role in August this year.

Upon his appointment as CEO Jiao replaced Andrew Michelmore – when he announced his resignation in February 2017.

Jiao will be replaced by Geoffrey Gao as the new CEO and executive director, who joins MMG from CMC, where he is currently president of China Minmetals Non-ferrous (CMN).

Gao, who brings with him a deep understanding of the mining industry, has been a director on MMG’s board since April 2011, where he gained a strong knowledge of the base metals miner’s assets and strategy.

He was appointed president of CMN in February 2016.

Gao has held responsibility for Minmetals’ international mining assets including MMG and CMN since 2016. An experienced senior executive, Gao joined CMC in 1993 and has held roles in general management and enterprise risk and holds a Master’s degree in Business Management from the Renmin University of China.

“In my new role at China Minmetals, I will assume overall responsibility for the investment in MMG and I look forward to staying an active part of this significant growth company,” says Jiao.

Jiao will also retain a role as non-executive director role at MMG.