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Leadership changes at GMA


In August this year, the Board of GMA has announced leadership and organization changes in line with the new strategic direction and focus of the Group.

Under the Group’s new leadership, GMA will focus our traditional strengths and successes in mining, processing, logistics and global distribution of industrial garnet abrasives. We strive to remain as the leading global supplier in the abrasive blasting and waterjet cutting industries as we have been for over 35 years.

The Group has announced the following key appointments:
GMA founder Torsten Ketelsen has taken on a more active role in the business once again, as Executive Chairman. Grant Cox has been appointed as Acting CEO while retaining his current role as Chief Financial Officer. In the role of Acting CEO, Grant will be leading and supporting GMA as it pursues significant business growth through the full development of its international garnet resources and expands its market footprint globally. He works to meet these goals while maintaining the caring culture GMA has fostered as an entrepreneurial, private business enterprise.

For our mining operations in Australia,
Dean Schwarz has been appointed as General Manager, Global Mining and Production, with responsibility for mining operations in Australia and technical input for Montana in USA and other locations, while Amanda Gundry has also returned to the Group as a Technical Consultant. Dean Clarke has been appointed as Wet Plant Superintendent on secondment.

In the USA, Rod Liebeck has been re-appointed as President of GMA Americas, with responsibility for the processing, sales and distribution in the USA, including our mining operations in Alder, Montana.

“It is great to see such depth of experience and garnet knowledge return to GMA and I’m confident these new appointments will assist us greatly in meeting our objectives in the years to come,” GMA Acting CEO Grant Cox said.

“I look forward to leading GMA through the exciting next chapter in its proud history.”

By Stephanie Cheong, GMA Group