Mr Ken Pickering
Mr Pickering has 35 years’ experience in the resources industry in Canada, Chile, Australia, Peru and the United States of America with particular skills in major project development and mine management. Mr Pickering has held senior executive positions with BHP Billiton Base Metals. From 2004 to 2010, Mr Pickering was Vice-President Major Projects, Closed Mines and North American Assets, BHP Billiton Base Metals. In this position, he was responsible for the planning and execution of various major projects in Chile costing over US$3 billion which resulted in 700,000 tonnes of additional annual copper production. During this time, Mr Pickering also served as a Director of the Resolution Copper Joint Venture with Rio Tinto, was responsible for the Pinto Valley Copper Operations and oversaw the management of over thirty closed mine sites in Canada, the USA and South Africa.
Mr Pickering was intimately involved in the development, operation and expansion of the Escondida Copper Mine from inception of the project. At various times between 1986 and 2002, Mr Pickering served as the Mine Development Manager, the Mine General Manager, the President of the Escondida Joint Venture, and the Executive Chairman of the Escondida Joint Venture. From 2002 to 2004, in his capacity as President Major Projects, Business Development and Corporate Affairs (Chile), Mr Pickering was responsible for the completion of the US$1 billion Escondida Phase Four Project which resulted in an increase in annual copper production of400,000 tonnes.
Mr Pickering currently serves as a non-executive Director of the following listed companies:
• Enaex S.A * (listed on the SSE)
• THEMAC Resources Group Ltd.* (listed on the TSX)
Appointed Director of PanAust on 28 October 2011, Mr Pickering is also a member of the Sustainability and Remuneration Committees.
*Denotes current directorship.