Newcrest has announced the appointment of the first Papua New Guinean to oversee operations at its Lihir Mine in New Ireland Province.
Iso Ealedona, a career mining engineer, with more than 20 years’ experience both locally and abroad, has been appointed Mine Manager for Lihir.
Ealedona started his career as a Mining Engineer with Placer Niugini at its Misima mine before moving to Lihir Gold with the Lihir Management Company under the Rio Tinto group in 1996.
He was appointed as the first and youngest Papua New Guinean Operations Superintendent during the early years of Lihir.
Ealedona’s experience includes senior planning and leadership roles with Ok Tedi Mining, Morobe Mining Joint Venture and Misima Mines.
According to Newcrest’s Mining Executive General Manager Lihir and Cadia, Craig Jetson, Newcrest is confident that Lihir will continue to deliver outstanding results under Ealedona’s leadership, given his vast experience.