LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - Mar 28, 2014) - Anglo Pacific Group PLC (the "Company" or "Anglo Pacific") (LSE: APF) (TSX: APY) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Mike Blyth as Non-executive Chairman with effect from April 1, 2014. Mr. Blyth has been a Non-executive Director of the Company since March 2013. He succeeds Mr. Brian Wides, who has been serving as Acting Chairman since December 2012.
Mr. Blyth has had a distinguished career as a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in audit and corporate governance matters.
Mr. Wides is to continue in his role as Executive Director of International Business Development until this year's Annual General Meeting (or earlier by mutual agreement), when he is to retire from the Board. He will then continue in a part-time consulting role for six months to ensure an effective handover of his responsibilities.
The Company also announces the retirement from the Board of Dr. John Whellock, Non-executive Director, and Mr. Michael Atkinson, Senior Independent Director, both with effect from this year's Annual General Meeting.
The proposed changes are intended to refocus the Company's Board and will result in it being comprised of four Non-executive Directors (including the Chairman) and two Executive Directors. Furthermore, the Company is conducting a process to appoint a new Senior Independent Director, which will be announced during the second quarter.
Julian Treger, Chief Executive Officer, commented: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank Brian, John and Michael for their contributions to the Company. Brian has served as an Executive Director of Anglo Pacific since 1997, which has included spending four years as Chief Executive Officer. During his career here, Brian has seen the Company transform into the successful mining royalty company it is today. John and Michael, who have served as Non-executive Directors since 2003 and 2006 respectively, have provided valuable advice in challenging and developing the Company's strategy."
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