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MEI Online: People News: South & Central America: October 14th 2008


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:: New Board Reflects a Changing AMIRA

Three new members were elected to the Board at AMIRA's Annual General Meeting on October 1.

They are: Stephen (Steve) Burks, Chief Technology Officer, Bateman Engineering NV, Dr Juan Carlos Salas, Innovation Manager, Antofagasta Minerals, Gary Johnson, Managing Director, Norilsk Process Technology Pty Ltd, a member of the Norilsk Nickel Group.

At the Board meeting, immediately following the AGM, Mr. Douglas H. Magoon was elected chairman of AMIRA International. Doug, most recently General Manager Technology of Teck Cominco, replaces Dr Rob La Nauze who steps down after two terms as Chairman.

AMIRA CEO Deming Whitman reports:

The election of Doug Magoon is significant given AMIRA's increasing engagement with its North American membership and our growing representation there. It presages increasing project involvement in an area that hosts probably the world's greatest concentration of mineral producers.

The other appointments also reflect the steady evolution of AMIRA as a truly global entity. Juan Carlos Salas is our first Latin American Board member, Steve Burks represents the Netherlands-based Bateman Engineering and Gary Johnson the Russian-headquartered Norilsk group. A stakeholder survey conducted in 2005 and tabled to the Board in 2006 revealed that some members felt AMIRA still carried too much heritage from its Australian origins. Appointments to the board over the past two years show how vigorously that has been addressed. It was pleasing to see the membership vigorously support the election of Dr. Juan Carlos Salas to the Board. Before joining Antofagasta, Juan Carlos was AMIRA's first Latin America based Research Director and our first Regional Manager for Latin America. He played a pioneering role in bringing Latin American companies and researchers into AMIRA's global network.

Also at the Board meeting following the AGM, the board resolved to invite Dr Rob La Nauze, immediate past Chairman to rejoin the board as a Co-opted Director. It would be remiss not to offer thanks to Rob for his contribution as chairman. This has been Rob's second two year stint as Chairman and his influence on reshaping AMIRA has been considerable. I am pleased that he will continue to serve as a Board member.




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