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Prior to his role leading the Cygnet business worldwide John established and spent six years growing a boutique search firm called Stratum, also focused on the global mining sector. John has 12 years’ experience in executive search and recruiting for site-based leaders of projects and operations, particularly focusing on Africa. His extensive mining experience includes working on sites in West Africa and managing the successful recruitment ramp up for a multi-billion-dollar greenfield iron ore project in Sierra Leone. John is known for his ability to quickly get to grips with the on-the-ground challenges faced by site-based management teams and for building close working relationships with the people who can lead mining projects and operations successfully and sustainably.