John Kelly

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John Kelly "is a mining engineer and was part of the executive team for Perseverance from 1991 to 2001. Prior to joining Perseverance, John worked as a Mine Superintendent at two open cut operations in Western Australia for three years and for seven years in the underground operations of Zinc Corporation Limited in Broken Hill. John holds Mine Manager Certificates for NSW, WA and Victoria.

"In his time with Perseverance, John filled the roles of Mine Superintendent, Mine Manager, Executive Director and then Managing Director. In this time, Perseverance demonstrated itself as one of the pre-eminent exponents in Australia of heap leach gold production from smaller low-grade gold deposits.

"John headed the team that took the Fosterville Gold Project from the hands of the receiver in 1992 and then produced approximately 230,000 ounces. John’s extensive experience with Fosterville oxide and sulphide mineralisation is directly relevant to the Company’s Hodgkinson Basin projects. Perseverance’s share price experienced significant capital growth through the mid 1990’s and it also paid shareholder dividends.

"John has been President of the Victorian Minerals and Energy Council, an Executive Councillor of the Minerals Council of Australia, and a founding director of the Australian Gold Council. John was also a non-executive director and non-executive chairman of Monto Minerals NL, a Queensland based heavy minerals explorer." [1]

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  1. Directors, Republic Gold, accessed March 19, 2008.