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Oct 09, 2020


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Vale appoints new mining and milling lead


Vale has a new head of mining and milling for its North Atlantic Operations in Base Metals.

The company announced on Oct. 6 that Patrick Boitumelo has been appointed to the role.

Boitumelo, who has more than two decades of experience in the industry, has been with the company since 2019, when he was hired on as head of technology and innovation in Base Metals.

Previous to his tenure with Vale, Boitumelo served as president and chief operating officer with Diavik Diamond Mines in Yellowknife, and before that as general manager of engineering and projects with Rio Tinto Kennecott, a Utah-based copper-gold-silver operation.

Home base for Vale’s North Atlantic Operations is Sudbury where the Brazilian mining company counts among its assets five mines, a mill, a smelter, and a refinery, which together employ 4,000 people.

Its products include nickel, copper, cobalt, platinum group metals, gold and silver.