Metallica and rugby

Posted October 18, 2015


Simon Slesarewich

New chief executive officer Simon Slesarewich has hit the ground running at Metallica Minerals as the Queensland-based junior looks to shift gear.

“Metallica is at a very exciting time,” Mr Slesarewich said.

“Historically Metallica has been an explorer, but it is moving into being a project developer and a producer. As well as that we have a large tenement portfolio to manage.”

The mining engineer’s previous experience includes a stint as general manager for Middlemount coal mine in Central Queensland, where he oversaw the approvals, design and construction process to bring the operation into production.

Mr Slesarewich said he had also been involved in early development at Tom’s Gully gold mine in the Northern Territory, restarting the Renison tin mine in Tasmania and initial decline development for the Ernest Henry underground project.

Recent years have been devoted to business interests including his position as CEO of Boardwalk resources, in which he led the execution of that company’s sale as part of the $5.2 billion Whitehaven Coal-Aston Resources-Boardwalk Resources merger and acquisition in 2012.

Mr Slesarewich said what he was looking for in the next stage of his career and what Metallica required as founding managing director Andrew Gillies took a step back from the company’s day-to-day operations seemed a very good match.

“What I bring is a strong focus on mine development and the commercials behind that which drive successful mining operations,” he said.

Mr Slesarewich attended high school on the Sunshine Coast before studying engineering at the University of Queensland. He also holds graduate diplomas in business administration and applied finance and investment.

He said he would count the highlight of his career to date as the people he had been lucky enough to work with over the years.

Based in Brisbane, Mr Slesarewich and wife Kate have three sons under seven.

He describes himself as “a bit of a sports nut” with rugby as his passion.

“I love taking my son to the Reds,” he said. “We are season ticket holders and go and watch them every week that we can.”

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