Blackrock Gold Corp (CVE:BRC) said experienced mining executive David Laing had been appointed to the board as an independent director, while Alan Carter has stepped down to focus on other business endeavours.
With over 40 years' experience, Laing's CV is extensive. He was one of the founding executives of gold producer Endeavour Mining Corp (TSE:EDV), which operates in West Africa, and was chief operating officer (COO) of True Gold Mining Inc, which developed a gold heap leaching operation in Burkina Faso.
Before this, he had senior positions in mining investment banking and debt advisory services at Endeavour Financial, Standard Bank in New York. He also had various roles at major Billiton (now BHP PLC) with operations in Peru, South Africa, and northern Chile.
"I can't think of many executives I've met along the way whom I hold in as high esteem as I do David. He has been a key driver behind some of the leading management teams in the industry in a career that has spanned decades," said Andrew Pollard, president and CEO at Blackrock Gold.
"With the recent addition of the past-producing Tonopah West project into our portfolio, Blackrock will surely benefit from David's extensive technical expertise and undeniable industry-wide connections as we strive to build value for our shareholders."
Also in Monday's statement, the board thanked Carter for his many years of service and wished him the best in his future endeavours.
Blackrock is focused on its Nevada portfolio of low-sulphidation epithermal gold and silver projects, which lie along the established Northern Nevada Rift in north-central Nevada, and the Walker Lane trend in western Nevada.
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