Vaaldiam Resources Ltd.
TSX : VAA

Vaaldiam Resources Ltd.

July 17, 2008 11:22 ET

Vaaldiam Strengthens its Operational Team

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 17, 2008) - Vaaldiam Resources Ltd. (TSX:VAA) is pleased to announce the following management appointments:

Jonathan Hsuan, Vice President, Operations: A graduate of the Royal School of Mines in London, England, Mr. Hsuan holds 24 years of diamond mining experience, with the majority of his diamond industry experience arising from mine management of alluvial diamond mines in West and Central Africa. Jon started his career in the diamond industry as a mine geologist at the Aredor Mine in Guinea. He later moved to Angola to work with RST International Ltd., first as the Chief Geologist and later as the General Manager of the Cuango and Cafunfo diamond mines, producing over one million carats of diamonds per year over the seven year life of the operation. Jon also held the position of General Manager of Ghana Consolidated Diamond Mines, a De Beers operation in Ghana, West Africa, following which he returned to Angola as Managing Director of a subsidiary of ITM Mining Ltd., one of Africa's largest alluvial diamond producers. In his capacity as Vice President, Operations, Jon will be based in Brazil and will be responsible for all of the Company's diamond mining operations. Jon holds an Honours B.Sc. in Mining Geology from the Royal School of Mines.

Donald Best, Vice President, Technical Services: Mr. Best moves from the position of Vice President, Operations to his new role as Vice President, Technical Services where he will be responsible for all new capital projects for Vaaldiam, including the construction of the new diamond recovery plant for the Brauna kimberlite feasibility project in Bahia state. Don has over 27 years experience in mineral project engineering, construction and project management. He has held various senior management positions within the head office of Minproc Engineers in Western Australia, where he worked on major developments for companies such as North Limited and the Rio Tinto Group through phases of project evaluation, detailed design and construction. Since February 2005, Don has been based in Brazil and led the design, construction and development of the Chapada Mine. Don holds is a Professional Engineer and holds an advanced degree in civil engineering.

Fernando Cezar de Aguiar, General Manager, Mining: Mr. Aguiar has been promoted to the position of General Manager, Mining from his previous position as Mine Manager at Vaaldiam's Chapada Mine. Fernando holds a Master of Business Administration as well as a degree in Mining Engineering from the Federal University of Ouro Preto, Brazil, where he specialized in open pit mining. He has over 23 years of mining industry experience, including 21 years with Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD), where he was responsible for the management of ore treatment, as well as short and medium mine planning. During the past two years Fernando has been responsible for the management of Vaaldiam's Chapada Mine in Mato Grosso State, where he successfully reduced operating costs and improved processing efficiencies.

Ken Johnson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Vaaldiam commented that "these management appointments further strengthen our management and technical team in Brazil. We are extremely pleased to welcome Jon Hsuan to our team. We will certainly benefit from Jon's vast operational experience with respect to alluvial diamond mining, and I expect he will play a significant role in the future growth of our diamond production in Brazil. The appointment of Don Best to the position of Vice President, Technical Services places a very experienced civil engineer in charge of the physical development of advanced staged projects like our Brauna kimberlite project, which is currently in the feasibility stage. The promotion of Fernando Aguiar to the position of General Manager, Mining is well deserved, and we expect that Fernando's involvement in both our Chapada mine and our expanding Duas Barras mine will lead to improved performance at these operations".

For additional information regarding Vaaldiam please visit www.vaaldiam.com.

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Contact Information

  • Vaaldiam Resources Ltd.
    Ken Johnson
    Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
    (416) 363-6927
    or
    Vaaldiam Resources Ltd.
    Janet Reid
    Manager, Investor Relations
    (416) 363-6927
    Website: www.vaaldiam.com