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Kimberley Rare Earths completes board restructure with appointment of Jon Parker

Kimberley Rare Earths (ASX: KRE) has completed a board restructure announced late in 2011, welcoming Jon Parker as a non-executive director.

Parker brings strong corporate experience in the resource and energy sectors to the board, with 30 years' experience in commercial, development and strategy roles along with 10 years in technical roles.

He spent 26 years with Rio Tinto in management and executive roles in iron ore, energy, kaolin and aluminium.

Kimberley chairman Ian Macpherson said Parker's experience with strategy development would be a boon for the company.

"Jon brings a strong focus on strategic thinking to the board and through his recent consulting roles, will be a valuable resource as the company develops its rare earth projects towards production both in Australia and overseas."

The board restructure was announced following the decision by independent non-executive director Peter Rowe and non-executive director and chief financial officer Gerry Kaczmarek to step down from the board.

Kaczmarek has officially stepped down from the board following Parker's appointment.