London, England — MININGREVIEW.COM — 02 July 2008 – Pangea Diamondfields plc (PDF) – a mid-tier diamond producer and exploration company with a portfolio of promising African projects – has announced that as of 1 July 2008 Rob Still is stepping down as chief executive officer, owing to competing work and family commitments. As of this date, Brett Thompson – until now PDF’s chief operating officer – will assume the role of CEO.
A statement released here adds that Still will remain involved as deputy chairman, spending part of his time on company matters and assisting in taking PDF forward towards its objective of developing three operating mines by the end of 2009.
Thompson has over 24 years of international mining experience, including some 12 years specifically in diamonds. He qualified as a mining engineer in 1983 in Sydney, Australia, and in 1988 he relocated to South Africa, where he joined De Beers, gaining extensive experience in both underground and open pit mining of kimberlite deposits, as well as the mining of marine and alluvial deposits.
In the 1990’s Thompson spent time working in various senior positions in Africa and South America. He was later appointed as chief operating officer of Energem Mining, where he was accountable for the executive management of all aspects of the company’s diamond mining operations and exploration activities in Sierra Leone, the Central African Republic (CAR) and Angola. In May 2006 he assumed the role of chief operating officer for PDF.