Ok Tedi Mining Ltd (OTML) has announced several senior appointments as part of its Vision 2025 to nationalise all management positions by 2023 and 2025 respectively.

OTML Managing Director and CEO Musje Werror made the announcement following confirmation of the appointments at the Company’s Board of Directors meeting last week.

Mr Werror said the appointments are part of OTML’s ongoing succession planning to see its national employees transition into senior roles successfully.

The new appointments will see its General Manager Communities and Operational Support Mr Kedi Ilimbit assuming the additional responsibilities of Deputy CEO, a role Mr Werror held prior to his appointment as Managing Director in June 2020.

Mr IIimbit who hails from the Oksapmin in Telefomin District of Sandaun Province is a career mechanical engineer who first started his journey with OTML in 1995 as a graduate trainee. Since then, Mr Ilimbit has worked in several BHP mines in Australia performing various roles as Manager Maintenance, Manager Processing and Maintenance Superintendent and Manager Mobile Assets with Cliffs Natural Resources at the Koolynobbing Iron Ore operations in Western Australia before he returned to Ok Tedi in 2015.

Also appointed to a newly created position of General Manager Corporate Affairs is Mr Harold Duigu who is currently OTML’s Manager External Relations. Mr Duigu is one of the Company’s longest serving employees having joined Ok Tedi in 1996 and worked in human resources where he was Manager HR for 7 years.

Another appointment announced was the elevation of Mr David Laulau to Deputy General Manager Mining. Mr Laulau has over 25 years of mining experience having worked in several mines in both PNG and Australia.

OTML also announced the appointment of its first Western Province manager in a technical role.  Mr Lawrence Na’awi, who hails from the Parama Island in the South Fly, will assume the role of Manager Processing Projects. Mr Na’awi has been working with OTML since 2019.

“Our journey to realise our Vision 2025 and ensure our national employees are given the opportunity to be leaders in the extractive industry is continuing with several other senior appointments having been made earlier this year. I congratulate each of these individuals on their appointments as we all work towards making a greater contribution to PNG,” Mr Werror said.