Petropavlovsk appoints Harry Kenyon-Slaney to its Board as Independent Director

– UK, London – Petropavlovsk PLC (LON:POG), today announced the appointment of Harry Kenyon-Slaney as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company with immediate effect.

Mr Kenyon-Slaney, is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Gem Diamonds Limited and a senior advisor to McKinsey & Co. Mr Kenyon-Slaney has over 33 years of experience in the mining industry, principally with Rio Tinto. He is a geologist by training and his experience spans operations, marketing, projects, finance and business development. Mr Kenyon-Slaney is a member of the board of directors of Schenck Process AG and also works with Audley Capital Advisors LLP. Until 2015, Mr Kenyon-Slaney was a member of the Group Executive committee of Rio Tinto where he held the roles of CEO of Energy, and before that CEO of Diamonds and Minerals. Prior to this he led Rio Tinto’s global titanium dioxide business, was CEO of Rio Tinto’s listed subsidiary, Energy Resources of Australia Ltd, was GM Operations at Palabora Mining Company in South Africa and held senior marketing roles in copper, uranium and industrial minerals. He began his career as an underground geologist with Anglo American on the gold mines in South Africa. Mr Kenyon-Slaney has a BSc Geology from Southampton University.

Commenting on this appointment, Sir Roderic Lyne, Non-Executive Chairman, Petropavlovsk said: “The appointment of Harry Kenyon-Slaney as an independent non-executive director, following the appointments announced last month of James Cameron and Damien Hackett, completes the reconstruction of the Board of Petropavlovsk. In addition to the non-executive Chairman, the Board now has four highly qualified independent non-executive directors. Mr Kenyon-Slaney will chair the Safety, Sustainability and Workforce Committee and will be a member of the Audit Committee.

With a background in geology, Harry brings 34 years of experience of operational mining, including senior executive roles with Rio Tinto followed by Board-level and advisory positions. This experience will be invaluable to us as we continue to develop Petropavlovsk. We are delighted that he has joined our team and look forward to working closely with him.”

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