Southern Gold Limited has appointed experienced Adelaide-based mining executive Simon Mitchell as its new managing director. Simon Mitchell will take up the role on February 1 and he succeeds Nanette Anderson, who steps down from the role following a transition period at the end of February.

He has more than 25 years’ experience in the resource sector, working as a senior executive during the past decade for Toro Energy and Asiatic Gold. His technically focused roles include work for Normandy NFM, RGC Exploration and Aurora Gold.

In addition to his extensive experience in exploration and mine development he also spent a considerable period of time working in corporate roles including as a project finance executive in investment banking.

Nanette Anderson will continue to provide advice and support to the company on a consultancy basis, ensuring a seamless management transition and ensuring that the company’s timetable for commencement of mining at its flagship Cannon Gold Project near Kalgoorlie remains on track for 2015. Southern Gold is developing the Cannon project under an agreement with Metals X Limited.

Southern Gold’s chairman Greg Boulton says the company is delighted to have secured someone of Simon’s experience and calibre to lead the company forward as it embarks on the all-important transition from junior explorer to gold producer.

“We are delighted that Simon is joining Southern Gold, as he brings a depth of skills and expertise which will be invaluable to the company in this next key phase of its development. His experience covers the full mining value chain and he has a proven track record in leading and managing people, including in challenging offshore environments.”

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