Sundance Resources, an Australian junior exploration company, lost its entire board of directors on June 19, 2010, in a crash of a chartered plane that was flying them to the company’s Mbalme iron ore project in Cameroon, Africa. Sundance personnel on the plane included Geoff Wedlock, chairman; Don Lewis, managing director and CEO; John Carr-Gregg, company secretary; and non-executive directors Ken Talbot, John Jones and Craig Oliver. Also on board were Jeff Duff, a consultant to Sundance Resources; Natasha Flason, personal assistant to Talbot; James Cassley, a British citizen and representative of a Canadian investment bank; and two pilots, whose names were not released.

Kinross Gold Corp. has appointed Brant Hinze executive vice president and COO.

Goldcorp Inc. has appointed David Deisley executive vice president, corporate affairs and general counsel and Timo Jauristo has been appointed executive vice president, corporate development. The company also announced that George Burns was promoted to senior vice president, Canada and U.S. Operations; Barry Olson was promoted to senior vice president, project development; Charlie Ronkos was promoted to senior vice president, exploration; Gerry Atkinson was promoted to senior vice president, human resources; Colette Rustad was promoted to senior vice president and controller; Mark Ruus was promoted to senior vice president, tax; and Cheryl Sedestrom was promoted to senior vice president, metals marketing.

Alcoa has named Tony R. Thene CFO of Alcoa’s Engineered Products and Solutions business group and Graeme Bottger has been elected to succeed Thene as Alcoa vice president and controller. Thene will remain a vice president and has been named to the company’s Executive Council.

JKTech has appointed Dr. Dan Alexander CEO of JKTech Pty Ltd, the technology transfer company of the Sustainable Minerals Institute of the University of Queensland. Dr. Alexander has been acting in this role after the previous incumbent, Dr. Geoff Gault, took role of director of the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC).

Mechel OAO has named Igor Zyuzin chairman of the board of directors and Yevgeny Mikhel CEO. Vladimir Polin, Mechel’s senior vice president, is leaving the company since construction of the divisional management structure is completed. His position will be eliminated.

Donaldson Co. announced the promotion of Dan Memmen to national sales director of the engine aftermarket group. He replaces Rick Kashmerick who is retiring.

The Chamber of Mines has appointed Bhekokuhle “Bheki” Sibiya chief executive-designate. Current Chief Executive Mzolisi Diliza, who was scheduled to retire at the end of June 2010, has agreed to stay in the job until December to manage the agreed period of induction and transition.

Capital Gold Corp. has appointed Colin Sutherland, president and CEO of Nayarit, president upon the Capital Gold and Nayarit Gold business combination. Scott Hazlitt has been appointed currently COO.

Hillgrove Resources Ltd. has appointed Drew Simonsen managing director. He has been interim CEO since July.

Metso has appointed Scott Snyder product manager, vibrating product line, North America.

Metalline Mining Co. announced the retirement of Merlin Bingham and the appointment of Greg Hahn as the interim CEO and president. Bingham will continue to serve as a member of the board of directors.

SRK Consulting has appointed Arimon Ngilazi a geologist in the SRK Zimbabwe office.

Kryso Resources plc has appointed Andre Gaston COO.

Brazil Gold Corp. has appointed Phillip Jennings president and COO.

Castle Resources Inc. has appointed Mike Sylvestre president and COO.

Klondex Mines Ltd. has appointed Blane Wilson president and COO, and a member of the board of directors.

Mineral Deposits Ltd. has appointed Mark Arnesen manager of project finance for the Grande Cote Mineral Sands Project.

Sinclair Knight Merz announced that Dr. Burt Look and Steven Rosin have joined the firm as geotechnical engineers.

Bixby Energy Systems Inc. has appointed Ron Kinner CFO and controller.

Stirling Resources Ltd. has appointed Marty Adams managing director.

Candente Copper Corp. has appointed Michael Thicke vice president of exploration.

Western Copper Corp. announced that Jonathan Clegg has retired as vice president of engineering. He will continue with the company part time. Replacing Clegg will be Cam Brown. Jesse Duke has been hired by Western Copper to assist with the company’s permitting activities in the Yukon. Claire Derome, vice president of community and government relations, has left the company to pursue new opportunities. Western Copper also announced that one of its employees, Jim Marlow, senior mining engineer, recently passed away.

Flexco has appointed Rex McNulty U.S. coal sales manager and Bill Grisanti business development manager of global coal markets.

Abacus Mining & Exploration Corp. has appointed James D. Excell president and CEO.

Yukon-Nevada Gold Corp. has appointed William Hofer chief geologist at Jerritt Canyon.

Big Bear Mining Corp. has appointed John Glasscock vice president of exploration. He also serves on the board of directors.

The University of Nevada, Reno Fire Science Academy has appointed Wayne Eder director of the Fire Science Academy. Eder replaces Gary Zunino who recently announced his retirement.

Kodiak Exploration Ltd. has appointed Brian J. Maher CEO in addition to his current responsibilities as president and COO. The company also announced the appointment of Tony Wood as corporate secretary. He will continue in his role as CFO.

Fire River Gold Corp. has appointed Leonard Therrien underground mine superintendent. He will oversee mining operations at the Nixon Fork gold mine.

GAC Energy and Marine Services LLC has appointed Carlos Arrieta president.