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MEI Online: People News: South & Central America: February 10th 2003


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:: Renowned Metallurgist and Project Builder Will Lead Development of Cristinas Project

Crystallex International Corporation has announced that Ken Thomas has agreed to join the Company as its Chief Operating Officer, effective April 1, 2003. Mr. Thomas will direct the Company's mining operations in Venezuela and Uruguay and will be instrumental in the development, construction and operation of the Company's Las Cristinas project located in Bolivar State in Venezuela.

Mr. Thomas' mining and metallurgical skills have been recognized with a number of industry awards including the Selwyn G. Blaylock Medal, for his many achievements in the mining industry internationally and the "Mill Man of the Year" award from the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum. Mr. Thomas served for many years as a senior officer at Barrick Gold Corporation. From 1990-1995, he was Barrick's Senior Vice President, Metallurgy & Construction, and from 1995 until his departure from Barrick in 2001, he served as Senior Vice President, Technical Services. In April of 2001, Mr. Thomas joined Hatch and served as Global Managing Director, Mining and Mineral Processing. He is currently Managing Director for Hatch in Western Australia. Prior to joining Barrick Gold Corporation in 1987, Mr. Thomas spent ten years managing gold and copper projects for Anglo American Corporation and five years as a Design, Engineering and Commission Process Engineer with Kilborn Limited. Mr. Thomas is a professional engineer and obtained his doctorate in Technical Sciences from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. He holds numerous related degrees and accreditations.

During his tenure at Barrick, he was extensively involved in new projects in South America. He was directly responsible for the process research, engineering, construction and commissioning of the Pierina Project in Peru, upgrading of the El Indio Project in Chile and studies for the Pascua-Lama/Valedero district that straddles the Chile/Argentina border. Mr. Thomas was also extensively involved in the Goldstrike autoclave and roaster projects in Nevada.




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