Patrick Mutz has over 30 years of international mining industry experience in technical (metallurgist), managerial, consulting and executive roles in all aspects of the industry from exploration through project development, mining and mine rehabilitation. Mr Mutz has operational experience in open cut, underground, and in-situ mining and related processing, on projects in the USA, Germany, Africa and Australia. Since his arrival in Australia from the USA in 1998, he has served as chief executive and managing director of a number of publicly listed and private mining companies based in South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia, primarily involved with project development and company transitioning from exploration to production. Mr Mutz is a Fellow of the AusIMM and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and an MBA from the University of Phoenix in the US. Mr Mutz joined Murray Zircon as senior advisor in early 2012 and served as chief operating officer during the pivotal transition period from development to operational status in the latter part of 2012. In February 2013, he was invited to take on the role of chief executive to lead the company to its goal of becoming South Australia’s newest mineral sands mining company.