Firestone Diamonds plc – Appointment of Chairman and Chief Executive

Firestone Diamonds plc – Appointment of Chairman and Chief Executive

Firestone Diamonds plc, the AIM-quoted diamond mining and exploration company, is pleased to announce a number of changes to its Board. Philip Kenny, who has been Chief Executive Officer of the Company since it was admitted to AIM in 1998, has been appointed Executive Chairman with immediate effect.  Michael Hampton who has been acting as Chairman on an interim basis will remain as a Non Executive Director of the Company.  Tim Wilkes, who has been Chief Operating Officer of the Company since 2005, has been appointed to the Board as Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect. 

Welcoming Mr Wilkes to the Board, Mr Kenny commented: “Tim Wilkes has been a key member of Firestone’s senior management team for some years and has been instrumental in developing Firestone’s mining operations in Lesotho and Botswana.  We are very pleased to recognise Tim’s contribution to the Company through his appointment as Chief Executive, and believe that he has the right skills and experience to help lead the Company through the next stage of its development into a significant diamond producer.”

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