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South Harz Potash announces the appointment of new Managing Director and CEO

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South Harz Potash Limited has announced the appointment of Mr Luis da Silva as Managing Director and CEO, effective 01 November 2022.

Luis is a proven natural resources business leader and executive with close to 30 years’ experience in the mining industry. Over the last fifteen years he has progressively held CEO roles at listed mining companies and included his significant involvement in the phosphate and fertilizer industries.

Most recently, Luis was the President and CEO of Andean Precious Metals, a leading Latin American silver producer from its San Bartolome Mine in Bolivia. Prior to that he was the President and CEO of GB Minerals, which was focused on the advancement and development of its Farim Phosphate Project in Guinea-Bissau. Luis successfully repositioned the business to near-funded status before leading it through to its eventual acquisition by Itafos, a significant Canadian listed producer of phosphate fertilisers.

Preceding that, Luis was President and CEO of African-focused Mano River Resources and African Aura, where he drove a business restructuring programme resulting in Aureus Mining and Stellar Diamonds (now Newfield Resources). This also created the iron ore developer, Afferro Mining Inc, which Luis then led to a dual-listing on the TSXV, and through to its subsequent acquisition by International Mining and Infrastructure Corp. Luis previously held senior leadership roles at construction materials majors, Lafarge and Blue Circle Industries.

Luis commenced his extensive international career as a mining engineer in South Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Mining Engineering) from the Camborne School of Mines (University of Exeter) and a MBA from Cranfield University.

Luis is a Portuguese and British dual national residing in the UK and will divide his time at the Company’s Erfurt office in Germany. His immediate focus will be the evaluation and optimisation of South Harz’s advancement and development strategy for its flagship Ohmgebirge deposit.

South Harz Acting Executive Chairman, Ian Farmer, commented: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Luis to our key executive role. He brings extensive natural resources business leadership experience and a track record of successfully funding and advancing significant mining assets across the world. He also brings valuable experience in the fertiliser space from his time leading GB Minerals to its eventual acquisition. I look forward to working closely with Luis in building South Harz into a leading supplier of potash to European markets and beyond.”

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