Ok Tedi appoints local to lead mine maintenance dept


OK TEDI Mining Ltd (OTML) has appointed a national to lead the mine maintenance department within its mining business unit.
Mek Kelly was appointed manager for mine maintenance last Friday.
Kelly started working with OTML 18 years ago as an apprentice and then joined the mine maintenance department as a heavy equipment fitter and worked on the shopfloor for five years.
He progressed into supervisory positions and has held the mine maintenance superintendent workshop role for the past four years.
While working for OTML, Mek also obtained additional engineering qualifications from the Australia Pacific Technical College and Tafe.
Acting general manager mining David Laulau said Mek’s leadership style, commitment to safety, technical expertise, dedication and work ethic would ensure a smooth transition into his new role and would greatly assist the mining business unit in achieving OTML’s vision for the future.
James Lees, who held the manager mine maintenance role for the past four years, will assume the role of adviser mine maintenance and will continue to support, mentor and advise Kelly going forward.
In line with OTML’s Vision 2025, several national employees were appointed to leadership positions this year.
They include Isaac Kwetok as deputy general manager processing, Anna Ila as manager safety, Robin August as manager ICT, Francis Karogo manager power services, Oala Rarua as manager geology and exploration, Masket Siune as manager mine support services and Iga Au as manager Bige operations.
OTML managing director and chief executive officer Musje Werror said that OTML was blessed with strong leaders who were ready to take on senior roles in the company and were focused on maximising benefits for the country.