K92 Holdings International Announces Appointment of Mr. Graham Wheelock to Board of Directors
- seasoned geologist and mining professional with 32 years of experience
- career includes both operational and corporate management positions
- strong track record of successful capital raising and initial public offering experience
Otterburn Resources Corp. (“Otterburn”) is pleased to announce that Mr. Graham Wheelock has been has appointed to the Board of Directors of K92 Holdings International Ltd (“K92”). Mr. Wheelock was designated by CRH Funding II Pte. Ltd. (“CRH”), which recently completed a CAD $10.5 million investment in K92 (see Otterburn press release, February 4, 2016). CRH is an affiliate of Cartesian Royalty Holdings Pte. Ltd. and Cartesian Capital Group LLC, a global private equity firm that manages more than USD $2 billion in capital.
Mr. Wheelock is a seasoned geologist and mining professional with 32 years of experience. During that period he has worked in 55 countries globally.
Mr. Wheelock spent the formative years of his career, from 1981 to 1999, with Anglo American and De Beers working with gold and diamonds as a geologist and a manager. From 2000 to 2003 he was Acting General Manager for De Beers Namaqualand Mines in South Africa, responsible for the production of 4.5 million tons per year and 2,300 employees. In 2003 he transferred to De Beers’ head office where he led the industrial intelligence team studying the global diamond industry.
In 2005 with Clifford Eplphick, a former De Beers senior executive, Mr. Wheelock co-founded Gem Diamonds Limited, which grew quickly under his leadership. In 2006, Mr. Wheelock co-led the capital raise for Gem Diamonds’ acquisition of the Letseng diamond mine in Lesotho for USD $123 million. Subsequently, he helped manage Gem Diamond’s IPO in 2007 where the company was listed with a market capitalisation of GBP £600 million. As Gem Diamond’s first Executive Director, Graham was responsible for mineral resources and asset acquisitions. The company grew inorganically, acquiring projects in Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Botswana, Central African Republic, Australia, and Borneo. The company also grew organically, doubling production at Letseng and quadrupling production at the Ellendale mine over the following year.
Since Gem Diamonds, Mr. Wheelock has been pursuing other interests in the mining sector, including working as the Project Manager for the development of IC Potash’s Ochoa Fertilizer project in New Mexico, USA.
Stuart (“Tookie”) Angus, Chairman of K92, states, “K92 is pleased to welcome Mr. Wheelock to the Board of Directors. A strong board, management and advisory team has been assembled for this project. Mr. Wheelock adds to this team and we believe his past leadership success both operationally and corporately will be invaluable as we move forward with restarting the Kainantu Gold Project.”
Mr. Wheelock obtained an MSc. Geology from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA and prior to that a BSc. Hons Geology from the University of Natal, South Africa.
About the K92 team
In addition to an experienced board and management team led by R. Stuart (Tookie) Angus, Chairman, Ian Stalker, Chief Executive Officer, and John Lewins, Chief Operating Officer, the project has also attracted advisors familiar with this particular geological setting and the opportunity for expansion and discovery, including Alex Davidson (former Executive Vice President, Exploration and Corporate Development, Barrick Gold Corporation) and Douglas Kirwin (former Executive Vice President, Exploration, Ivanhoe Mines).
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
President & CEO
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