Arizona Gold appoints Galassini

Toronto-based Arizona Gold, which is currently working to restart operations at the Copperstone gold mine in Arizona, has selected 30-year mining industry veteran John Galassini as executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Galassini will be overseeing the restart efforts for the operation, which Arizona Gold wholly owns. The company said his expertise will be valuable in these efforts, particularly because he has extensive experience bringing both greenfield and brownfield mines into production and has worked both with open-pits and underground mining sites across various commodities.

Galassini’s previous senior roles include vice president, Ciner Resources; senior vice president mining, Nyrstar Metals; chief operating officer, Sunshine Silver Mines; regional vice president, North America, Kinross Gold; and senior vice president, Americas, Freeport-McMoRan. He also held various senior roles with Phelps Dodge Mining.

Also, Arizona President Martin Kostuik stepped down from his position to pursue other business opportunities. His replacement is Giulio Bonifacio, who will assume the role of president in addition to his chief executive role.