TORONTO, Oct. 29 /CNW/ -- Equinox Minerals Limited (TSX and ASX symbol: "EQN") ("Equinox" or the "Company") is pleased to report that Mr. Adam Wright has commenced in the position of Managing Director, Lumwana Mining Company Limited ("LMC"); Equinox's wholly owned Zambian subsidiary.
Mr. Wright holds a Master's Degree in Mineral Processing Engineering from the University of London. He has a strong track record of mine and processing operations, safety improvement, asset value optimization, community engagement and strategy implementation for both open pit and underground mine operations.
Mr. Wright has worked for over 21 years in copper, gold and silver mines in Canada, Venezuela, Australia and most recently, Papua New Guinea ("PNG") in roles including both mine and mill management, maintenance and business development for groups such as Placer Dome Inc., Barrick Gold Corporation and Harmony Gold Mining Co. Ltd. More recently he has been involved in building the Hidden Valley Mine in PNG as Mine General Manager for the Newcrest Mining Limited and Harmony Gold Mining Co. Ltd joint venture. Mr. Wright replaces Mr. Harry Michael who resigned from the Company as reported on July 24, 2009.
Commenting, Craig Williams, Equinox President and CEO said: "We are very excited that Adam Wright has joined the Equinox team. Adam is a well regarded and highly experienced mining professional with expertise that will provide great benefit to the operational ramp up of the Lumwana copper mine. Harry Michael has played a key role in building Lumwana over the last five years during a very challenging period for the Company through the transition from developer to producer. I thank Harry for his outstanding contribution. We look forward to working with Adam in the operational phase at Lumwana; driving the mine towards realizing its full potential."
Craig R. Williams - President & Chief Executive Officer