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Comet Resources appoints experienced industry executive Philippa Leggat as CEO

Tony Cooper will step down as managing director and continue to consult to the company on an as-needed basis.
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Comet is focused on the Springdale Graphite Project in southern Western Australia

Comet Resources Limited (ASX:CRL) has appointed experienced mineral industry executive Philippa Leggat as its new chief executive officer.

Leggat has almost 20 years’ experience in advancing projects along the value chain and has built a reputation for focused and driven leadership projects across a variety of industry applications.

Over the past eight years she has served as an executive, director and advisor to ASX-listed companies engaged in capital raising, exploration, development and project evaluation.

Strategic focus will be “invaluable”

Comet Resources chairman Hamish Halliday said: “We are delighted to have Philippa take up the role of CEO and believe her commercial and financial skill set will greatly assist Comet as the company seeks to unlock the full potential of the Springdale Graphite Project.

“Philippa’s strategic focus and outcome driven approach will be invaluable as the Comet moves from the discovery phase to defining the commercial potential of the Springdale project.”

Particularly strong in commercial structuring and negotiation skills, Leggat has a track record of negotiating value-accretive project acquisitions and has developed broad strategies while establishing and delivering key corporate objectives.

These include but are not limited to JV management, bid negotiation and international stakeholder relations management. She has represented ASX-listed companies in domestic and international investment markets.

Communication skills

Her communication skills enabled her to foster relationships with buy and sell side market participants with a focus on resource-oriented private equity and institutional funds.

Leggat holds Bachelor degrees specialising in strategy, financial management and risk as well as gemmology, metallurgy, jewellery production and marketing. She is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

The Comet board thanks outgoing managing director Tony Cooper for his many years of dedicated service to the company.

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