MUSJE Werror, a long-standing supporter of the Crocodile Prize, has been appointed as the first Papua New Guinean chief executive of Ok Tedi Mining Ltd.
He will replace Managing Director and CEO Nigel Parker who will retire at the end of February after eight years with the company.
Mr Werror assumed the position of chief operating officer yesterday to work alongside Mr Parker to allow for a smooth transition and handover.
“It is a matter of considerable pride for me that, in the company’s first year as a fully-owned State-owned enterprise, we have appointed our first Papua New Guinean executive leader of the business,” said OTML chairman Sir Moi Avei.
Until his new appointment, Mr Werror was general manager responsible for employee and external relations, in which capacity he emerged as an early and committed supporter of the Crocodile Prize.
He has had a long career with OTML covering operations, health and safety, and community relations.
The company said in a media statement that Mr Parker had served during a pivotal time for the company, including changes to secure the future of the mine until at least 2025.
In addition to his business achievements, Mr Parker has been acknowledged for his support and lasting legacy in educating the children of the Western Province as well as his chairmanship of the Ok Tedi Development Foundation.