Firm has something to Crowe about
THE Punt notices that, having long been involved in the Irish mining sector, Rupert Crowe (inset) has been appointed a non-executive director of London-based Griffin Mining.
A graduate of geology from Trinity, he was the founding chairman and managing director of CSA Global, a mining consultancy firm based in Ireland that moved to Australia.
Griffin Mining tells us that Mr Crowe (64) is a specialist in zinc-lead exploration and was involved in the development of several notable mines. He was involved with Ivernia West, the Irish firm that originally had a 50pc stake in the Lisheen mine in Tipperary.
In 2003, Ivernia sold its stake to Anglo American, which had already acquired a 50pc stake in the mine when it bought Ivernia West's partner on the project, Minorco, in 1999.
Griffin Mining is busying itself in China, where Crowe was instrumental in assessing the firm's Caijiaying zinc and gold mine and was start-up manager between 2003 and 2005.
Griffin reported revenue of $33.7m (€25.3m) for the first half of 2013 and a pre-tax profit of $5.8m.