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Paulsens mine.
Paulsens mine.

Fresh from its buying spree, Northern Star Resources has fleshed out its management team with a series of appointments.

The miner, which has spent $100 million on a dramatic three-mine expansion, has head-hunted former Avoca Resources executive Tony James as interim general manager of the newly purchased Kanowna Belle mine.

With former Barminco executive Luke Creagh taking over Northern Star's mining services division, the company has also appointed Corey Doust as general manager of its Paulsens mine.

Mr Doust replaces Darren Stralow, who has been entrusted with integrating the new purchases.

Northern Star's management team will be in tight focus over the next year as investors seek reassurance that the company has the skills and expertise to support its rapid expansion.

Chief executive Bill Beament has been quick to address the concerns, telling analysts last week the group had been bulking up with senior operations staff for some time in anticipation of making acquisitions.

The $25 million purchase of the Plutonic mine from Barrick Gold is due to finalised today. The acquisitions of Kanowna Belle and the Kundana mine for $75 million close next month.

The purchases will triple Northern Star's annual production to more than 350,000 ounces.

The West Australian

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