Newcrest announce Komunt as new Country Manager
Newcrest Mining Limited announced Stanley Komunt as its new country manager and farewelled Isikeli Taureka at a reception in Port Moresby last Friday.
Mr Komunt was the company’s government relations manager until his elevation to the position last week.
Outgoing country manager Mr Taureka, spoke highly of Komunt’s ability to take on the role during the farewell reception that also marked the exit of social performance and national engagement manager Ms Sally Dawkins.
“Handing over to Stanley is very unique for me. In most of the countries that I worked for Chevron, I handed it over to another expatriate to take on, but in this case, I hand it over to a Papua New Guinean.
“Stanley and I joined at the same time in June last year, and in the short space of time, I have seen that he is really capable and he is out there, persistent and his networking is incredible and usually what he calls plays out at the end of the day.
“You will be seeing me and Stanley, sort of twinning each other, over the next few months because I am bringing him into my network and getting him better there,” Mr Taureka remarked.
When asked what his thoughts were of taking on the country manager role, Mr Komunt said it is a huge role that would need filling in the shoes left by his predecessor.
“I think most of the staff including myself were fortunate to have Keli (Isikeli), a very experienced Papua New Guinean in the oil and gas industry, but I am fortunate that he will still be with me in the next 12 months.”
He said priorities remain the operations of its Lihir operation and of course the Wafi-Golpu project, which he said had some legal issues currently tied with it.
“We have some issues at the moment and we are keen to work with all levels of government including our landowners and all our stakeholders and we are committed to work with the new government.
“We will be reaching out very shortly and there are some legal challenges there and so I can’t comment much, but we are committed to that and making sure that we all get back to the table.”
Mr Komunt’s rise to Newcrest country manager is a story of dedication and drive.
As his career had humble beginnings as a security officer at the Ok Tedi mine, where he found his strength in community policing and eventually community government engagement roles with major mining projects in the country spanning close to 30 years.