Petropavlovsk PLC appoints Independent Non-Executive Directors

The Board of Petropavlovsk PLC ("Petropavlovsk" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the appointment of Messrs James W. Cameron Jr and Damien Hackett as Independent Non-Executive Directors of the Company with immediate effect.

Mr Cameron, a US qualified lawyer, has extensive international experience, providing expertise and consulting services for companies particularly in the natural resources sector within Russia and the former Soviet Union, since 1988. He was formerly Founder, CEO and Chairman of Occupational Urgent Care Systems Inc., a company traded on the NASDAQ National Market System until it was sold in 1992.

Mr Hackett is Chairman of UrAmerica Ltd, a private uranium exploration company in Argentina. Mr Hackett has 26 years' critical research experience covering globally diverse mining companies, initially as Global Head of Mining Research with Credit Suisse First Boston in Australia, following which he held similar roles with Credit Suisse and Canaccord Genuity in London. Latterly he was Vice Chairman Mining Advisory at Canaccord Genuity responsible for developing investment themes in metals and mining across North America, Europe, Russia and Australia.  

Mr Hackett's early career in resources was grounded in 4 years of exploration, resource development and mining in Western Australia followed by 7 years in mineral exploration and economic assessment in Saudi Arabia. Mr Hackett holds a Bachelor of Science from the Australian National University in Canberra.

Commenting on these appointments, Sir Roderic Lyne, Non-Executive Chairman, Petropavlovsk said: "I am delighted that James Cameron and Damien Hackett are joining the Board of Petropavlovsk. Jim Cameron is well known in business circles in California as a successful entrepreneur and investor and has had wide experience in Russia over the past quarter-century, including as an adviser to gold-mining projects in the Far East of the country. Damien Hackett has been involved in the mining sector since 1975 as a geologist, analyst and investment adviser, and has known Petropavlovsk well over the past 15 years. When the present Directors were elected on 29 June, we declared our intention to strengthen the Board through the appointment of additional independent non-executive Directors as part of our commitment to corporate governance. These new appointments, resulting from an extensive process assisted by the recruitment consultants Savannah, mean that Petropavlovsk now has three independent Directors with a diverse range of skills and experience of great benefit to the Company."

Source: Petropavlovsk PLC

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