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Resolute Mining has announced the appointment of Stuart Gale as MD and CEO. In addition to the CEO appointment, Resolute has also announced the appointment of Terry Holohan as COO. 

Since joining Resolute in January 2020 as CFO, Gale has led the finance function, driven the focus on operational performance and, from 20 October 2020, held the role of Interim CEO. 

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As Interim CEO, Gale has implemented and overseen several key initiatives which include a comprehensive review of operations, the recently published Syama life of mine update, key management appointments and further strengthened internal systems while continuing to be responsible for Resolute’s finance function.  

Resolute’s Chairman, Martin Botha says:

“It gives me great pleasure to confirm Stuart’s appointment as MD and CEO of Resolute. Over the past six months the Board retained a leading global search advisor who undertook a comprehensive CEO candidate search process. Throughout this period, Stuart has provided excellent leadership as Interim CEO, and clearly proven himself as the leading candidate for the role. Achieving this while retaining his CFO duties is also testament to his professionalism and capability.

“With Resolute’s key focus on delivering improvement in operational performance, it is also pleasing to welcome Terry Holohan as the company’s new COO.

“The Board is delighted with these appointments, reinforcing the operational, technical and capital markets focus which we believe will unlock the significant value within our African portfolio, and position Resolute for future success.”

Incoming CEO, Gale, says:

“It’s an honour to be appointed to lead Resolute and I look forward to working with the Board and all of our employees to take the company forward. I am confident that we have the right team with the right culture to capitalise on our foundation and maintain focus on our operations, people, systems and process. Delivery on our targets while strengthening the balance sheet is key and this will position us to grow shareholder value.”

Holohan joins Resolute from PT Archi Indonesia where he successfully developed and expanded a multi open-pit gold mine from an exploration project to an operational mine. Holohan has held various executive and detailed technical positions working in Africa, for 30 years, followed by 10 years in Asia, focused on re-engineering a range of precious and base metals mining projects. He brings significant experience in operating in technically and socially challenged environments where he has led multi-cultural workforces.

Senior positions which Holohan has held include Business Manager of Anglo Platinum Smelting and Refining, Senior Vice President of Ivanhoe Nickel & Platinum, COO of both Toka Tindung Gold Mine and Platmin as well as CEO of both PT Archi Indonesia and Paramount Mining. 

During this time Terry’s focus was on developing both open pit and underground mines with complicated pyro- and hydro-metallurgical processing plants within the gold and platinum industries using combinations of traditional and breakthrough technologies to optimise operations.  Terry is currently based in central Europe which provides easy access and travel to Resolute’s operating sites in Africa.

Resolute’s CEO, Gale, says:

“It’s great to have someone of Terry’s calibre join Resolute.  He brings a proven track-record together with detailed and wide-ranging technical knowledge and experience.  Terry has demonstrated his experience and innovation through successfully developing and operating several particularly complicated mining and processing projects and we are looking forward to capitalising on this at Resolute.”

Resolute’s current COO, David Kelly, will remain with Resolute, to ensure a smooth transition of the COO function and continue as a member of the Executive team. 

Gale adds: “There is no doubt that it has been an eventful and challenging period at Resolute recently and we have been very fortunate to have had Dave in the COO role to lead the underground development and ramp up at Syama, to assist with the acquisition of Mako and establishment of Resolute’s footprint in Senegal as well as the sale of Ravenswood.”

Resolute will commence a search process to replace the CFO role previously held by Gale.