Zambian lands top job at FQM

FIRST Quantum Minerals (FQM) has appointed Zambian chemical engineer, Mr Anthony Mukutuma, as its assistant general manager for Guelb Morgrein Mine in Mauritania

Announcing the appointment of Mr Mukutuma, EQM CEO and chairman Mr Philip Pascall, said his broad experience with the various FQM mines in Zambia, DR Congo, Finland and Mauritania has earned him the new position.

AndFQM’s director of operations for Zambia Mr Matt Pascall said Mr Mukutuma had demonstrated through his experience, knowledge and management capability that deserved the promotion as assistant general manager at Mauritanian Copper Mine.  Mr Mukutuma, 43, joined FQM’s Bwana Mkumbwa Mine in 2002, a fresh graduate from University of Zambia (UNZA) as a senior metallurgist.

He has risen through the ranks over the years to help manage and design FQM’s mines like Kansanshi, Guelb Morgrein and Kevista mine in Finland where he has been plant manager since 2011.  “Most Zambians hit a road block in their mining career and most of the time they just rebel”  Mr Mukutuma lamented when asked how he has managed to get this far as an FQM employee.

The one thing that stood out for Mr Mukutuma was the transition of FQM from a relatively small company with a single tailings facility in Bwana Mkumbwa, to a global mining business.

Mr Mukutuma holds a Bachelor’s Degree chemical engineering from the University of Zambia, an additional degree from University of Birmingham in minerals engineering and an MBA in Accounting and Finance from the University of Liverpool.

Commenting on his appointment Mr Mukutuma said it was “another beginning, in another setting and a new challenge”.