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New Chief Development Officer for South32

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World Coal,

Perth-based mining and metals company South32 has appointed Simon Collins to the South32 Lead Team in the position of Chief Development Officer. The appointment is to take effect on 1 October 2018. In his new role, Collins will reportedly be accountable for exploration, portfolio strategy, business development and acquisitions and divestments. He will also continue to oversee the study phase of the Hermosa project.

Collins is currently the Head of Corporate Development at South32. In this role, Simon has successfully led the acquisition of Arizona Mining, owner of the high-grade zinc, lead and silver Hermosa project in the US, and entry into a conditional agreement to acquire a 50% interest in the Eagle Downs metallurgical coal project in Australia. Simon and his team have also built an extensive portfolio of greenfield exploration projects with a bias towards base metals, providing long-term growth options. Simon has 25 years’ experience in the resources industry in senior leadership and business development roles.

Before joining South32, Collins worked for BHP for more than a decade, where he led business development teams across Belgium, Singapore, Australia and the UK.

South32 CEO, Graham Kerr commented: “Simon’s participation in the Lead Team will ensure that portfolio renewal is at the heart of Lead Team discussion, as we seek to optimise our portfolio and create a pipeline of growth options to compete for capital”.

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