Great Western Minerals Group Ltd. (GWMG) announced that it has appointed Marc LeVier to the position of president and chief executive officer. The appointment is effective immediately.
Le Vier, who joined the board of directors of GWMG in late 2012 (ME online, Dec. 18), has been actively involved in an oversight role with the finalization of the preliminary economic assessment (PEA) and the continued development of the company’s Steenkampskraal project.
Prior to joining GWMG, LeVier was president and chief executive officer as well as a director of Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp. where he oversaw the completion of a PEA, established the strategic direction for that company and created a culture of innovation and accountability. Prior to that, he spent more than twenty years with Newmont Mining Corp. in senior metallurgical and management positions including general manager of the Zarafshan/Newmont joint venture and senior director, Metallurgical Research and Development.
Le Vier holds a bachelor of science in metallurgical engineering as well as a master of science degree in metallurgical engineering, both from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI.
His professional affiliations and certifications include membership in SME as well as the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America.
GWMG interim president and chief executive officer Robert Quinn said, “GWMG is pleased to have attracted an independent board member with such strong qualifications and over 40 years of experience in the mining sector. Marc Le Vier’s knowledge of the rare earth sector, combined with his mining and metallurgical background, will be of great value to our company as GWMG continues its transition to being a fully integrated rare earth producer. Given his philosophical alignment with GWMG’s vertical integration strategy, we are confident that he will make a significant contribution to our board of directors and further strengthen our team.”
Great Western Minerals Group Ltd. is engaged in becoming an integrated rare earth producer. The company currently produces specialty alloys which are used in the aerospace, automobile, computer and high-tech industries. Produced at the company’s wholly owned subsidiaries Less Common Metals Ltd. in Birkenhead, U.K. and Great Western Technologies Inc. in Troy, MI, these alloys contain iron, nickel, cobalt and rare earth elements. As part of the company’s vertical integration strategy, GWMG also holds 100 percent equity ownership in Rare Earth Extraction Co. Limited, which owns a 74 percent equity interest in the Steenkampskraal Mine in South Africa. In addition to an exploration program at Steenkampskraal, GWMG also holds interests in four active rare earth exploration and development properties in North America.