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OceanaGold appoints new chief executive

Tuesday 16th November 2010

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OceanaGold, the owner of the Macraes and Reefton open pit gold mines, has appointed a new chief executive to take over from Paul Bibby, who left the company in early September.  

Mick Wilkes is to take over from acting chief executive Jim Askew, OceanaGold's chairman, in mid-January 2011, after finishing his role as executive general manager of operations at OZ Minerals.

OceanaGold is triple-listed on the Toronto, Australian and New Zealand stock exchanges, with its Didipio project in northern Luzon, Philippines scheduled to re-commence construction in the first half of next year.

It produces up to 290,000 ounces of gold per year from its New Zealand operations.Wilkes is a mining engineer with 26 years experience, predominantly in precious and base metals across Asia and Australia.

He has previously been general manager of the Sepon gold copper project for Oxiana in Laos, where he headed a team responsible for the first international standard mining operation in the country.

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