Colleagues have paid tribute to Troy Resources chairman and Aquarius Platinum director David Dix, who passed away overnight.
Mr Dix served as chairman of Troy for five years before taking a medical leave of absence from board duties last July.
“David was a well-regarded friend and colleague,” Troy acting chairman Fred Grimwade said.
“His counsel, intellect and wit will be missed by all those who had dealings with him.
“He made a significant contribution during his involvement at Troy. More broadly, he had a career that spanned over 35 years; including as a barrister and solicitor in the High Court of Australia, and corporate adviser at both Macquarie Bank and UBS where he specialised in the mining industry both in Australia and overseas.”
In a statement, Aquarius said Mr Dix was an integral part of the board and an outstanding contributor to the company during his 12 years on the board.
“Aquarius chairman Nigel Rudd, on behalf of the board and management of the group expresses his deepest condolences to David’s wife Alexia and family,” the company said.
Troy also offered sympathy and condolences to Mr Dix’s wife and family.
Mr Dix replaced John Dow as chairman of Troy in 2010 after joining the company as a non-executive director.
He held various roles at Shell Australia, and was previously chairman of both AED Oil and Quadrem.