Tharisa Holdings has appointed Bernard Pryor as the new managing director of Karo Mining Holdings Limited as it sets to develop its Zimbabwe platinum asset, the PGM and chrome co-producer has said.
Tharisa recently increased its stake in Karo Mining Holding to 66.3%. Karo Holdings holds 85% interest in the Karo Platinum project in Zimbabwe.
Pryor is metallurgical engineer and has 35 years of experience.
“We are privileged to have Bernie join our team as we embark on this transformative journey, developing our Tier 1 Karo Platinum asset in Zimbabwe,” Tharisa CEO, Phoevos Pouroulis, said.
He added: “His technical expertise coupled with developing mines around the globe ensures we have leadership in place that will deliver on our stated objectives. I look forward to working with Bernie as we develop our second high-grade, low-cost and high-return platinum group metals (PGM) asset.”
Pryor has held top executive positions in a variety of fields, including project acquisition, evaluation, development, and construction, as well as overseeing large-scale, fully functioning mining assets.
His expertise includes stints in Australia, Brazil, West and Southern Africa, the Middle East, and Russia.
Recently, Pryor was the CEO of Alufer Mining, where he oversaw the development and production of the company’s flagship Bel Air bauxite mine in the Republic of Guinea.