Malaga Inc. has appointed Pierre Monet president and CEO, replacing Jean Martineau who will remain chairman of the company.

Baja Mining Corp. has appointed Adam Wright COO and Charles Hennessey vice president of operations for Baja’s Mexican operating company, Minera y Metalurgica del Boleo S.A de C.V.

Orvana Minerals Corp. announced that Roland Horst has resigned as CEO and as a director. Bill Williams, vice president of corporate development, has been appointed president and CEO, and as a director. Agne Ahlenius, director general of Orvana’s flagship El Valle-Boinás/Carlés project in northern Spain, has been appointed COO replacing Carlos Mirabal, who has moved from his position as COO and president to become executive chairman of Orvana’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Empresa Minera Paititi S.A. Jim Jacques has been appointed vice president of operations in addition to his responsibilities as general manager of the Copperwood project in Michigan, USA.

Indigo Exploration Inc. has appointed Paul Cowley interim CEO and Keir Reynolds interim president following the resignation of R. Tim Henneberry, as president and CEO, and as a member of the board of directors.

Thunder Mountain Gold, Inc. has appointed Eric T. Jones president and CEO; Jim Collord has been appointed vice president and COO; and R. Llee Chapman, a member of the company’s board and audit committee chairman, has been appointed CFO. Pete Parsley will remain vice president and exploration manager.

Silver Wheaton Corp. has appointed Haytham Hodaly senior vice president of corporate development and Neil Burns vice president of technical services.

First Bauxite Corp. announced Hilbert N. Shields, CEO, will assume the role of both president and CEO. Ioannis (Yannis) Tsitos has stepped down as president, but will continue as interim chairman of the board of directors. Jim Heras will step down as chairman of the board but will remain a director. The company also announced the appointments of Ian Fodie as CFO; Jess Hutchinson as vice president of marketing and product development; and Howard Winkelbauer as technical director, products.

Oremex Gold Inc. has appointed David A. Terry, Ph.D., CEO and president.

Bandanna Energy Ltd. has appointed Michael Gray CEO and managing director.

Key Gold Holding Inc. has appointed Steve Barrett interim president and CEO. Louis Lessard has resigned as president and CEO, but will stay on as a member of the board of directors.

Lithium One Inc. has appointed Mario Juarez engineering manager for the Sal de Vida lithium-potash brine project in Argentina.

Potash Ridge Corp. has appointed Ross Phillips vice president of development.

Midas Gold Corp. has appointed John Meyer development manager for the Golden Meadows project; Richard Moses has been appointed field operations manager for the Golden Meadow project; and Don Weaver has been appointed drilling program supervisor at the company’s expanded facilities in Lake Fork, Idaho.

Strike Minerals Inc. has appointed Bruce Staines vice president of mine development.

Orbite Aluminae Inc. has appointed Yves Noël vice president of sales and marketing.

Mariana Resources Ltd. has appointed Ray Angus COO and Dr. Gustavo Rodriguez vice president of exploration.

Brigus Gold Corp. announced Richard Allan, vice president and COO, has left the company. Jennifer Nicholson has been promoted to executive vice president. She will continue to be responsible for investor relations and communications but will now also have responsibility for human resources and operations support.

South Boulder Mines Ltd. has appointed Flavio Garofalo CFO.

Kagara Ltd. has appointed Mark Hands executive general manager corporate. This role incorporates the roles of company secretary and general counsel. He replaces David Peterson who retired in December.

Canstar Resources Inc. has appointed Barry Greene exploration manager.

Black Range Minerals Ltd. has appointed Tony Simpson managing director.

Gekko Systems has appointed Peter Henderson senior metallurgist.

Adrok Ltd. has appointed Sean Walker senior professional geophysicist.

Canada Lithium Corp. has appointed Shaun McCurdy vice president of marketing.

Franklin Mining, Inc. has appointed Mustafa Dar president.

Claude Resources Inc. announced Philip Ng has resigned as senior vice president of mining operations.

Sandvik AB has appointed Jan Lissåker executive vice president group communications and a member of group executive management. He replaces Anders Wallin who is retiring.

Former E&MJ Editor Richard W. Phelps passed away during December. He keenly understood the financial side of mining and managed the magazine through the difficult 1990s era. Prior to his career in publishing, he worked in mine finance. He was a mining engineer, an alumni of the Missouri University of Science & Technology (formerly known as the Missouri School of Mines) and his family has asked that donations be made to the MS&T Mining Engineering Dept.