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Petra Diamonds appoints independent non-executive director

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Petra Diamonds Limited has appointed Jon Dudas as an independent non-executive director of the company, effective 1 March 2022.

Dudas is currently chairman of Samruk-Kazyna, Kazakhstan’s sovereign wealth fund, which he joined in 2020. Prior to this, he was an independent non-executive director and chairman of the National Atomic Company Kazatomprom.

Additionally, Dudas was previously at BHP in various roles, including president and chief executive officer of their global $5bn (£3.68bn) per annum revenue aluminium division and as their group chief information officer, as well as holding senior business leadership and commercial roles in marketing and business development.

He has also been executive chairman of Worsley Alumina in Australia and Mozal Aluminium in Mozambique, and non-executive director of the Guinea Alumina Corporation in West Africa.

Dudas has a practical base in mining, commencing in South Africa as a graduate mining engineer with Harmony Gold Mines, progressing to general manager of Winkelhaak Gold Mine after moving to Gencor.

He will also serve on Petra’s Nomination, Audit and Risk, Remuneration and Investment committees.

Peter Hill, non-executive chairman of Petra Diamonds, said: “I am delighted to welcome Jon to the Petra board. 

“Jon has very broad experience across the mining and resources sectors, in operations, general management, finance and strategy, and has held board positions with major companies, all of which will greatly assist in the strategic development of the company.”

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