A Glencore executive and former Mount Isa Mines employee has been appointed to the board of an American multi-national company barely months after being refused permission to leave Zambia.
Nathan Bullock is the chief executive of Mopani Copper Mines which is majority-owned by Glencore and he leads operational strategy, technical services, asset management, capital management and technology for Glencore's copper assets group.
In April, he was detained at Zambia's international airport as he tried to board a flight home to Australia.
SBS reported that his company was in a dispute with the Zambian government after it temporarily closed two copper mines due to COVID-19 and falling copper prices.
Mr Bullock was finally allowed to return to Australia after Glencore committed to the Zambian government it would restart mining operations for at least 90 days.
Now he has become one of Glencore's three of seven board members of the American mining company Polymet. which has contracts with Mopani Copper.
Mr Bullock began his career as a geologist at Mount Isa Mines and worked for 17 years across Glencore's North Queensland mining, processing and smelting assets.
He joined BHP in early 2018 at its Olympic Dam operation, working on operational discipline and improvement across the uranium, gold, silver and copper assets before rejoining Glencore in late 2019 as CEO at Mopani Copper Mines in Zambia.
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