GREAT WESTERN MINERALS GROUP ANNOUNCES MANAGEMENT APPOINTMENT
(June 5, 2012) - Saskatoon, Canada: Great Western Minerals Group Ltd. ("GWMG" or the "Company", TSX:V - GWG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Murphy as Vice-President, International Marketing and Sales.
Mr. Murphy assumes responsibility for the marketing and sales of the full range of rare earth products from all GWMG operations including the Company's Steenkampskraal operation in South Africa, Steenkampskraal's associated production facilities, Less Common Metals ("LCM") and Great Western Technologies Inc.
He brings over forty years of experience to the position, having entered the rare earth industry with Johnson Matthey's monazite processing facility in the United Kingdom as a process chemist where he was instrumental in the development of metal and alloy production activities as the applications of rare earths expanded. Mr. Murphy progressed through Johnson Matthey from product management to the position of General Manager.
After joining GWMG’s wholly owned subsidiary Less Common Metals in 2000 as Technical Director he was more recently promoted to the position of Commercial Director where he has had responsibility for sales, marketing and customer support for LCM. Within that position, he interacts, day in and day out, with companies that operate upstream and downstream across the full spectrum of the global rare earth industry.
Mr. Murphy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Nottingham University as well as a Diploma in Management Studies. He is a Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
GWMG President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Engdahl said, "The appointment of Dave Murphy to the position of Vice President, International Marketing and Sales is clearly a case of 'the right person at the right time'. Mr. Murphy's extensive experience, over the course of four decades in the rare earth industry, means that as GWMG is positioned to significantly expand its sales and marketing efforts over the entire array of rare earth activities, we are able to appoint someone with extensive industry experience and a very strong track record of success in moving GWMG into a global leadership position."
Great Western Minerals Group Ltd is an integrated Rare Earths processor. Its specialty alloys are used in the battery, magnet and aerospace industries. Produced at the Company's wholly owned subsidiaries Less Common Metals Limited in Birkenhead, U.K. and Great Western Technologies Inc. in Troy, Michigan, these alloys contain aluminum, nickel, cobalt and Rare Earth Elements. As part of the Company's vertical integration strategy, GWMG also holds 100% equity ownership in Rare Earth Extraction Co. Limited, which owns a 74% equity interest in the Steenkampskraal Mine. In addition to an exploration program at Steenkampskraal, GWMG also holds interests in four active Rare Earth exploration and development properties in North America.
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