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Three directors to resign from New World Resources

New World ResourcesNew World Resources Plc, a coal producer, announced that Bessel Kok, Alyson Warhurst and Ian Ashby have tendered their resignation as directors.
Mr. Kok was appointed as a Director with effect from 8 April 2011 and re-appointed by shareholders at the 2013 annual general meeting. From September 11, 2007, he had served as a director of NWR NV, but resigned in 2011 following the reincorporation of NWR NV in the UK.

From 2005 to 2010, Mr. Kok served as chairman of the Ukrainian mobile operator LIFE. From 1995 to 2004, he was vice-chairman and chief operating officer of Český Telecom (now Telefónica/02) in the Czech Republic. During that time he also served as chairman of the board of directors of Eurotel.

Mr. Kok was President of Belgacom from 1989 until the end of 1994 and oversaw its privatisation. In 1973, he was a member of the team establishing SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) in Belgium and became its president and CEO in 1981, positions that he held until 1989.

Mr. Kok graduated in 1963 from the Municipal University of Amsterdam with a degree in Economic Sciences.

Dr. Warhurst was appointed as a Director on April 26, 2013. She is CEO and founder of risk analytics and mapping company Maplecroft, which is a leading source of extra-financial risk intelligence.

She enjoyed a successful academic career at the Universities of Sussex, Bath and Warwick where she was appointed Professor and Chair of Strategy and International Development, received several prestigious awards and sat on the University Council.

In 2010, Dr. Warhurst retired and became an Honorary Professor at Warwick Business School. She is a regular advisor to the World Economic Forum and has also been a longstanding member of its faculty. She is on the Board of Trustees at Transparency International UK.

Dr. Warhurst graduated in 1979 from the University of Bristol with a BSc in Geology. She also holds an MSc in Science, Technology and Industrialisation and a PhD from the University of Sussex. She has worked extensively in China, Africa and North & South America.

Mr. Ashby was appointed as a Director with effect from November 3, 2014. He is a non-executive director at Nevsun Resources (appointed in January 2014), a non-executive director of Alderon Iron Ore Mining (appointed in June 2014), a non-executive director of Genco Shipping and Trading (appointed in July 2014) and is also a corporate advisor to Temasek, an investment company based in Singapore (appointed in August 2014).

Mr. Ashby has also advised Apollo Global Management in selected mining M&A projects since May 2013. He has over 30 years of international experience in the minerals industry across multi commodities and geographies.

In his most recent role Mr. Ashby was President of BHP Billiton's Iron Ore division, the most profitable and fastest growing division in the company, and previous to that, he held the role of Chief Operating Officer for the Base Metals division, which comprises world class copper, lead, zinc and silver assets.

Mr. Ashby graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1979 with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) degree and has a First Class Mine Manager Certificate of Competency from Queensland (1983) and Western Australia (1987).


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