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John has over 30 years in the mining industry with extensive operations experience as Chief Executive/Director of Operations for the Indonesian subsidiary of Newcrest Mining, Australia's largest gold producer. While with Newcrest Dr. Blake oversaw the completion of a mine and the advancement of two mines from discovery through to production, including the underground Kencana Mine a 450,000 ounce per annum gold producer. Dr. Blake has strong operational experience and a demonstrated ability to manage and grow an operation through all facets of development. His business acumen is demonstrated from his experience as CEO of Australian Solomons Gold Ltd (ASX - SGA) responsible for the redevelopment of the Gold Ridge mine in Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. John was also an executive Director of Agincourt Resources Ltd (ASX- AGC) and President of PT Agincourt Resources Indonesia responsible for the development of the Martabe Gold mine in Indonesia.
Dr. Blake remains a non executive Director of Sihayo Gold (ASX - SIH) a company developing a gold mine in North Sumatra Indonesia. John has a Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of South Australia, a Masters in Engineering Science from the University of New South Wales and a Masters in Business Administration from Deakin University in Victoria.
Dr. Blake is also a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.