Jones is Newcrest's chief operating officer
Former Wafi-Golpu’s executive general manager Craig Jones has been appointed as Newcrest’s new chief operating officer (COO), PNG operations. Newcrest chief executive officer Sandeep Biswas announced this last week Friday.
Mr Jones has been appointed COO (PNG) with accountability for Lihir, Wafi-Golpu and external relations in PNG. This appointment will ensure unified strategic oversight of our assets and interests in PNG and reflects the importance of PNG to Newcrest, and will allow the company to advance the business to the benefit of all stakeholders, including all levels of government, landowners, and host communities.
Jones has extensive experience with PNG dating back to 2011 in his role as general manager projects working with Lihir, and has had ongoing engagement through his earlier leadership of the Hidden Valley mine and since then, the Wafi-Golpu project alongside Newcrest’s Joint Venture partner, Harmony Gold.
He is well known to many in PNG, from cabinet ministers to landowners, and is looking forward to learning more about Lihir. He has robustly supported the landowners at Wafi-Golpu, overseeing a range of agricultural and other community projects.
In the context of the continuing negotiations and discussions between the national and Morobe provincial governments about Wafi-Golpu, Newcrest’s relationship with local landowners has remained excellent.
Mr Jones said: “I have deep respect for the people, culture and land of PNG so I am honoured to be appointed to this position. “Newcrest is a strong supporter of PNG’s national development and I recognise that I will have a special responsibility to advance the business and help the country achieve its full potential.
“I will continue the outstanding work of Craig Jetson who has transformed the Lihir operation and whose legacy will be enduring. “At Wafi-Golpu I look forward to recommending discussions with government and local stakeholders as soon as the issues between the national and provincial governments are resolved.”
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