Prophecy Platinum Appoints Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary
Vancouver, B.C., November 6, 2012 – Prophecy Platinum Corp. (“Prophecy” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: NKL, OTC-QX: PNIKF, Frankfurt: P94P) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeffrey Mason as Chief Financial Officer and Samir Devendra Patel as Corporate Secretary.
Greg Johnson, newly appointed President and CEO, stated “We are very pleased to have someone with Mr. Mason’s depth of experience join the executive management team as Chief Financial Officer, during this period of rapid growth for the Company, With the addition of Mr. Patel as Corporate Secretary and the recently announced appointment of Mr. John Sagman as Chief Operating Officer, we are putting in place a highly experienced management team to advance the development of the world class Wellgreen PGM-Cu-Ni project in the Yukon.”
Jeffrey Mason is a Chartered Accountant with over twenty years’ experience in financial reporting and has worked with various medium and large publicly-traded mining companies in the area of accounting, corporate finance and regulatory reporting.
Mr. Mason spent fifteen years with Hunter Dickinson Inc. (HDI), as Corporate Secretary, Chief Financial Officer and Director for numerous public mining companies. As CFO of Taseko Mines Limited during this time, he was instrumental in the acquisition, reactivation and financing of the Gibraltar copper-molybdenum mine in British Columbia, as well as its expansion from dormant into the second largest open pit copper mine in Canada. He brings a broad scope of both domestic and international mining experience, including negotiating the purchase of the Xietongmen open pit Copper-Gold Project on behalf of Continental Minerals Corporation and setting up a Joint Venture arrangement with Jinchuan Mining Group, before the eventual outright purchase of Continental by Jinchuan for C$432 million. Mr. Mason also was the CFO for Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. which in July 2007, established a 50:50 partnership with Anglo American plc to engineer, permit, construct and operate a modern, long-life mine at Pebble. Under the terms of the agreement, Anglo is required to invest US$1.425 — $1.5 billion in project costs to retain its 50% interest. To the end of 2011, the Pebble Partnership and its owners had invested over US$500 million on the Pebble Project.
Mr. Mason’s duties at HDI further included public and private company financial reporting, arrangement of mergers & acquisitions, contracting joint ventures, earn-in and other mineral project agreements and corporate reorganizations. He also led human resources through the major expansion of the HDI workforce including hiring, contracting, wage setting, option granting, and administration.
Prior to HDI, Mr. Mason was with Homestake Mining Group for six years, as Controller responsible for financial reporting and operational accounting for the Golden Bear gold mine construction and operations, and the Eskay Creek Gold/Silver mine construction. Formerly an Independent Business Advisor, Mr. Mason remains an active Director of a number of publicly-traded mining and exploration companies, including as a member of Audit and Compensation Committees.
Mr. Mason holds a B.Com. from the University of British Columbia (1980) and obtained his Chartered Accountant designation from the British Colombian Institute of Chartered Accountants (1982), while at the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche. He received a Director (ICD.D) designation in 2008, from the Institute of Corporate Directors at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.
Mr. Samir Devendra Patel also joins Prophecy Platinum as Corporate Secretary, bringing extensive legal experience in the area of securities and corporate law, particularly in relation to M&A transactions, continuous disclosure requirements, and equity and debt financings. Prior to joining Prophecy, Mr. Patel was with the Securities & Capital Markets Group in the Vancouver office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, a leading, full-service, national law firm. His practice involved advising clients in a variety of sectors with respect to securities, corporate and commercial law matters, including public company financing transactions, mergers & acquisitions and restructuring transactions.
Mr. Patel graduated from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 2005, and completed his National Accreditation requirements at the University of Victoria in 2008. He was admitted to the British Columbia Bar in 2009.
Mr. Mason and Mr. Patel have been granted 520,000 options and 75,000 options respectively at an exercise price of $1.25 per share expiring November 5, 2017.
Prophecy also announces the departure of Mr. Joseph Li from the Board of Directors and as the Company’s corporate secretary. Mr. Li has played a significant role in Prophecy’s development to date. The Company appreciates Mr. Li’s contributions and wishes him all the best in his future endeavors.
About Prophecy Platinum
Prophecy Platinum Corp. is a Canadian PGM, Nickel and Copper exploration company with projects in Canada and Uruguay. Prophecy Platinum’s flagship Wellgreen PGM-Cu-Ni project is located in Yukon Territory, Canada. Prophecy’s Shakespeare PGM-Cu-Ni project (fully-permitted) is located in Ontario, and its Lynn Lake project is located in Manitoba, Canada. Further information can be found at www.prophecyplat.com.
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