Ashanti Gold Corp has announced that John Robins has joined the Company’s Advisory Board and will serve as Strategic Consultant, as the company advances its Kossanto East project in Mali and its portfolio of gold assets in Ghana.
Robins has over 25 years of experience as an independent exploration geologist and entrepreneur. Previously, he founded Kaminak Gold Corporation where he also served as a chairman and it was later acquired by Goldcorp for $520 million. Since then Robins has gone on to create several successful mining companies including Bluestone Resources Inc., Fireweed Zinc Inc. and Northern Empire Resources Corp.
Commenting on the appointment, Ashanti CEO, Tim McCutcheon, said: “we are very excited to have a man of such stature as John Robins join our team. His know-how is invaluable, and I expect the process of unlocking value from our assets in Mali and Ghana will accelerate with his collaboration with the Ashanti team.”
Robins experience spans from grass roots exploration to production and is complemented by his success in the capital markets and financing activities. In 2008, Robins was recognized for his achievements in mining exploration by the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia with the H.H. “Spud” Huestis Award.
This is regarded as the highest award given for mineral exploration and is awarded to those who have made “a significant contribution to enhance the mineral resources of British Columbia and/or the Yukon Territory, through the original application of prospecting techniques or other geoscience technology”.