Kukielski replaces Cliff Davis, who announced his intention to retire earlier this year.
“Kukielski’s extensive experience in the sector makes him an ideal candidate to lead Nevsun Resources through the next phase of its evolution, which is underpinned by the advancement and development of the copper–gold Timok project in Serbia,”states company chairman Tookie Angus.
“Nevsun Resources has a world-class asset base and I am thrilled to be joining the company at such an exciting time in its history. I look forward to working with the board of directors, my colleagues in senior management and the entire team at Nevsun Resources as we advance our projects and optimise our assets with the goal of creating sustainable long-term value for shareholders,” states Kukielski.
Kukielski brings more than 30 years of diverse international experience in the mining industry to this role. Most recently, Kukielski was CEO of Anemka Resources from 2014 to 2017, a private company backed by Warburg Pincus formed to invest in global mining assets.
From 2008 to 2013 he was the chief executive of mining for ArcelorMittal, responsible for 27 operating mines and three major development projects, distributed within 12 countries.
From 2006 to 2008 Kukielski was the COO of Teck Resources, responsible for three copper mines, four zinc mines, six metallurgical coal mines, two gold mines, one base metal refinery and two major development projects.
From 2001 to 2006 he was with Falconbridge (originally Noranda) in senior roles, latterly including COO, and in years prior he had various increasingly senior roles with other major mining companies, including direct experiences in engineering, commissioning and operating significant mines in a wide variety of international jurisdictions.
“The board of directors would like to thank Cliff Davis for his unwavering commitment and dedication to the success of Nevsun Resources,” adds Angus.
Feature image credit: Nevsun Resources
(A view of the land package being explored at Timok in Serbia)