Avalon Rare Metals (TSE:AVL), a mineral exploration and development company focused on rare metals deposits in Canada, said on Wednesday that it has appointed two new senior executives to its management team.
Brian Chandler will be Avalon's new senior vice president and COO as of August 15, with more than 30 years of experience in project development, working in a variety of countries across North America, Europe and Asia.
Most recently, Chandler, who will be based in the company's office in Delta, British Columbia, served as managing director for the African operations of IAMGOLD Corp (TSE:IMG), where he led the establishment of the company's corporate presence in West Africa.
In his new role at Avalon, he will be responsible for managing operations and development projects at the Thor Lake project, and its mineral processing and refining operations.
The Nechalacho Rare Earth Element project is located in Thor Lake, Northwest Territories, and is Avalon's 100% owned flagship project.
The second appointee, Richard Pratt, will come on as general counsel and corporate secretary effective August 1, with over 20 years of experience in the private legal practice.
Since 2008, Pratt served as general counsel for MagIndustries Corp (TSE:MAA), a mineral explorer with assets in the Republic of Congo, which is the subject of a take-over bid by China's Evergreen Industries Group.
At Avalon's Toronto office, Pratt's work will be focused on regulatory and legal affairs relating to the development of the company's Thor Lake project, and other business development work.
President of Avalon, Don Bubar, said: "The addition of these two seasoned mining executives greatly strengthens our management team as the company continues its transition from an exploration and development company to a profitable producer of rare metals and minerals."