Canada’s Mountain Province Diamonds appoints new CEO
David Whittle has been appointed interim CEO of Mountain Province Diamonds. Whittle replaces Patrick Evans, who has stepped down from the position. Evans will continue on as a director of the company, helping it through a transitional period.
Whittle has been a director of Mountain Province since 1997. He has 25 years’ experience as a mining executive, previously acting as president of Mountain Province’s joint-venture partner, Glenmore Highlands, which merged with the company in 2000. Whittle is also a Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA,CA), giving him extensive experience in corporate finance, transactional negotiation and structuring, and operational management, with a strong background in corporate governance.
“On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Patrick for his service as CEO of Mountain Province for the past 11 years,” says Jonathan Comerford, Chair of the Board of Directors of Mountain Province. “He worked tirelessly to bring the Gahcho Kué project to a positive development decision, and has brought the Company to where we are today as a diamond producer and marketer. We appreciate his efforts, and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
Mountain Province Diamonds is a 49 per cent participant with De Beers Canada in the Gahcho Kué diamond mine, located in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Gahcho Kué is the world’s largest new diamond mine, and is projected to produce an average of 4.5 million carats a year over a 12-year mine life.