New boss for Solid Energy

Last updated 14:44 11/03/2014

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Solid Energy has appointed Australian Dan Clifford as its new chief executive.

The appointment comes a year after former chief executive Don Elder departed.

Clifford will take up the position in early May.

He works for Glencore as general manager of the Ulan Complex, which incorporates an opencast and two underground mines in New South Wales.

Solid Energy said Clifford had worked in the mining industry for more than 20 years at coalmines in Queensland, New South Wales and South Africa.

He had worked for Anglo Coal and BHP Billiton in technical, operations and regional management roles.

Clifford had a degree in mining engineering, a first-class certificate of competency for underground coalmines, was a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and had had directorship roles within Glencore's businesses.

Solid Energy acting chairwoman Pip Dunphy said the board was pleased to have secured an industry executive with extensive opencast and underground mine experience.

"Dan has successfully restructured mining operations to be more efficient and economic and leaves behind at Ulan a significantly improved health and safety performance across that operation, which produces 11 million tonnes of coal a year with a work force of about 900 people."

Dunphy said the board acknowledged the commitment of Garry Diack, who has been interim chief executive since February last year.

"Garry has led the company through a very difficult period of change over the last year," she said.

"He has worked effectively with the board and his management team in refocusing the business on its core coalmining and marketing capabilities and restructuring the company to give it the best possible chance of returning to profitability.

"Under Garry's leadership, the company has made very good progress in responding to the fall in international coal prices, reducing costs and focusing on cash generation."

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