First Nickel Inc. (TSX:FNI) announced changes to the Board of Directors with the appointment of Joao Carrelo and the retirement of Thomas Pugsley effective February 1, 2013.
Mr. Carrelo is a mining engineer and an MBA, having over 29 years international operational, project and management experience within the mining, metals, refining and fertilizer industries in Latin America, Europe, Africa and India. Mr. Carrelo is currently President – CEO and Director of Eco Oro Minerals Corp. Prior to joining Eco Oro, he was Executive Vice-President & Chief Operating Officer of Lundin Mining Corporation and he is currently a Director on the board for SOMINCOR (Sociedade Mineira de Neves-Corvo S.A.) (Portugal).
“We are very pleased to welcome Joao to our Board of Directors,” said FNI President and CEO Thomas Boehlert. “Joao brings a depth of technical and managerial experience in both underground and open pit mining environments located in politically and culturally sensitive jurisdictions which will be beneficial to FNI’s growth and sustainability.”
Mr. Pugsley is retiring after serving on the Board since 2004. Mr. Pugsley served as Chairman of the Board from 2005 to 2012 as well as a member of several committees of the FNI Board. Mr. Pugsley will continue to serve as an advisor to FNI’s Board of Directors Technical Committee.
“On behalf of FNI and the Board of Directors, I want to thank Tom for his many contributions during the past 8 years. The Company is fortunate to be able to continue to benefit from Tom’s wisdom and counsel as an advisor,” said David Comba, Chair of FNI’s Board of Directors.
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