Saracen Mineral Holdings boss Raleigh Finlayson says Saracen had nothing to do with the departure of the Super Pit’s former General Manager Cecile Thaxter.

But Mr Finlayson said Saracen “had a lot to do” with successor Ben Wessely’s appointment.

The first female General Manager in Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines 30-year history, Ms Thaxter’s sudden resignation coincided with Saracen sealing their $1.1 billion deal to take a 50 per cent stake in the Super Pit.

Her departure after just more than two years at the Super Pit also saw Ms Thaxter cut ties with Newmont Goldcorp after 12 years with the US-based gold giant.

Mr Finlayson told the Kalgoorlie Miner while Saracen did not have anything to do with Ms Thaxter’s departure, the company was really pleased with Mr Wessely’s appointment.

“I think he brings the absolute right mindset and focus and we are super-impressed with his approach, albeit in his first week,” he said.

“I think he is coming in with the right attitude, he completely understands where the asset’s at and where the focus needs to be.

“We’re all in it together and everyone wins under that environment so he’s super-impressive and got absolutely the right focus, which is pleasing for us to see.”

Mr Wessely has been in the mining and metal processing industry for more than 30 years.

He joined Newmont as mine optimisation manager at the Merian mine in the small South American country of Suriname in July 2017.

Mr Wessely, who has worked in both technical and operational roles in bauxite, aluminium, coal, iron ore, manganese and gold, then moved to the Boddington gold mine as Senior Mining Manager in December 2017 before starting at the Super Pit on December 2.

Image: WA Governor Kim Beazley and then KCGM General Manager Cecile Thaxter at the Super Pit in May, Kalgoorlie Miner. 

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