Appian Capital Advisory LLP has announced the appointment of Paul Harvey as a senior operating partner, based in Perth, Western Australia.
As SOP, Harvey will work with the senior partnership committee and chief operating officer Igor Gonzales to provide operational oversight of Appian’s portfolio companies.
Notably the operated assets, including Atlantic Nickel’s producing Santa Rita nickel-copper-cobalt project and Mineração Vale Verde’s copper-gold Serrote project in Brazil, which recently announced construction completion. Harvey will also provide advice on analysis and evaluation of potential investments and other transactions.
Harvey has over 30 years of experience in the global natural resources sector, with the last 20 in executive, operational and project leadership roles, along with significant experience in ESG and related stakeholder issues.
Prior to joining Appian, Harvey was Chief Operating Officer of South32, where he was responsible for base metals assets, the global manganese business, metallurgical coal and major capital projects. He spent 23 years at BHP, including as president of Nickel West, and President and COO of Ekati Diamonds, joining South32’s executive leadership team as Chief Transformation Officer, establishing the company in its demerger from BHP.
Harvey started his career in underground gold and diamond mining in South Africa with companies including De Beers, and has wide commodity experience including base metals, gold, copper, nickel, metallurgical coal and diamonds. He is an Australian citizen, holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) from the Western Australian School of Mines, completed the Kellogg Executive Development Program and is a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
“[Harvey]’s significant experience with some of the world’s leading diversified miners will be a real asset for our portfolio companies, bringing a wealth of exposure to a broad range of commodities, coupled with a mixture of leadership, operational and ESG expertise,” Michael W. Scherb, Founder and CEO of Appian, said in a media release.
“Likewise, his unique insight will be invaluable for the investment side of the business. Following the close of Fund II and the growing demand for our key commodities I am sure he will play an important role in Appian’s next phase of growth.”