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MEI Online: People News: South & Central America: June 26th 2008


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:: Xstrata Copper's North Chile Division Announces Appointment of new Chief Operating Officer

Xstrata Copper’s North Chile Division announces the appointment of Mr. Stefan Buys as the new Chief Operating Officer of North Chile Division to replace Mr. Jon Evans, effective 14th July 2008, who will be leaving the organization to become the new CEO of Compañía Minera Doña Inés de Collahuasi SCM.

Among his achievements, Jon Evans has been responsible for establishing Xstrata Copper’s new North Chile division, and for providing leadership and management to the expansion and environmental improvement projects of the Altonorte metallurgical facility, which upon completion will increase its capacity by 30%, and turn Altonorte into one of the world’s largest copper smelters. In addition, Mr. Evans and his team conducted the expansion project of Lomas Bayas Mine that will increase copper production capacity to 75,000 tonnes of copper cathodes, and will result in a significant extension of the mine operating life.

Mr. Stefan Buys’ wealth of experience in the mining industry includes various senior positions at Xstrata Alloys Business Unit, South Africa.

“Stefan brings with him a broad range of experience in the mining and metallurgical industries that, along with our current management team, will provide the necessary leadership to ensure the North Chile Division continues to implement its growth strategy, to successfully implement a number of environmental improvement and expansion projects at our operations in north Chile’s Region II of Antofagasta, and to provide important management and technical support to the Collahuasi business in the Region I of Tarapacá”, said Charlie Sartain, CEO Xstrata Copper. “We are entering an exciting phase of growth for both the North Chile Division and Collahuasi”.

As the new Chief Operating Officer of the North Chile Division, Stefan Buys will also assume responsibility for the oversight of Xstrata Copper’s 44% interest in Collahuasi through his appointment to Collahuasi’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors.




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