Rio Tinto’s Andrew Cole appointed new OZ Minerals Chief Executive

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OZ Minerals, the Australian copper and gold producer, appointed Rio Tinto’s Andrew Cole to succeed Terry Burgess, the company’s Chief Executive for the past five years.

Rio Tinto’s Andrew Cole appointed new OZ Minerals Chief Executive
Andrew Cole will be assuming the position Chief Executive at OZ Minerals starting 3 December 2014. (Image credit: OZMinerals.com)

Mr Cole spent 22 years with Rio Tinto and led the company’s iron and titanium division over the past year and has held a range of senior positions within Rio Tinto including CEO Chinalco Rio Tinto Exploration JV China, General Manager Operations Rio Tinto Coal Australia and Mining Executive Diamonds, Rio Tinto London.

He will officially take on the role of OZ Minerals’ new Chief Executive starting 3 December 2014.

OZ Minerals announced a leadership change in February as part of its restructure plan which emerged following the recorded losses in 2013 due to weaker commodity prices and lower production, reports The Australian.

According to the West Australian, Mr Cole will receive a fixed salary of $750,000 a year, which could almost triple through short term and long term incentive payments.

“We are delighted that Andrew is joining OZ Minerals and bringing the requisite skills and background to lead OZ Minerals though its next phase,” said Chairman Neil Hamilton.

“His mining experience covers the full mining value chain and he has a proven track record in leading and developing people.”

OZ Minerals operates the Prominent Hill mine in South Australia. According to the Wall Street Journal, the company reported a 7.4 million Australian dollar (US$6.9 million) first-half loss, with shares also performing badly these past couple of years.