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Emmerson appoints CEO

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Emmerson has appointed Graham Clarke as CEO, effective from 1 July 2020.

Clarke has 26 years’ experience in underground potash mining from working at Cleveland Potash, which owned the Boulby potash mine in Yorkshire, UK. At Boulby, Clarke was responsible for improving operational efficiency, profitability, risk management and best practice operational procedure.

Since 2011, Clarke has been a member of the senior executive team at Sirius Minerals, overseeing all technical aspects of the development of the Woodsmith mine, moving it from concept, through various phases of study and design, into construction.

Mark Connelly, chairman of Emmerson, commented: “Graham is a highly experienced potash mining executive with a clear track record of success in the industry. What is more unique is his recent experience of taking a large, highly complex, underground mine all the way from a concept through to construction. In my experience, this is a rare combination of skills in any commodity, and this is particularly true in the potash industry.

“This is an extremely important moment in our corporate progression, from junior explorer into a mine developer, and we are truly fortunate to have someone of Graham’s experience to join and build out the team that will eventually deliver the Khemisset potash mine.

“We would like to thank Hayden for his hard work in guiding the company to this point and his pragmatism in recognising that a different skill set will support the company into its next phase of our development. We are pleased that he will remain with Emmerson as a director of the company, focusing on the financing and strategic partner discussions which are underway.”

Clarke commented: “I am delighted to be joining Emmerson at this important stage of its development. The results from the feasibility study indicate a very compelling potash opportunity which, because of its very low expected upfront capital cost, is likely to have multiple financing options available to it.

“I look forward to gaining a more detailed understanding of the project in the coming months and using my experience to improve what is already a very impressive potash project and expedite development towards production.”

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