New PanAust Group organisational structure supports strategic direction

New PanAust Group organisational structure supports strategic direction

Last week, PanAust Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Daling Zheng shared the Group’s new organisational structure supported by its shareholder, Guangdong Rising H.K. (Holding) Limited and the PanAust Board.

Designed to eliminate reporting complexity, the streamlined structure supports the Group’s strategy with a reinvigorated short-term focus in Laos beyond 2025.

Achieving our Vision: a responsible and sustainable business
To successfully achieve its Vision, to remain a relevant and competitive in Laos and beyond, PanAust has reset targets to be safer, more efficient and cost-effective in its business activities.

PanAust is committed to operating a sustainable business that benefits its people, communities and shareholders. A simplified strategy and the new structure support this sustainable business objective.

Aligned with the life of mine extensions of its Phu Kham Copper-Gold Operation and Ban Houayxai Gold-Silver Operation, PanAust’s short-term strategic focus is in Laos.

The immediate objective is to continue to vigorously pursue its current pipeline of projects in Laos. PanAust’s newly established Lao-registered subsidiary, Saisana Lao Resources will also support this short-term objective.

The Group’s interests in other countries will continue as it navigates the respective in-country requirements. While milestone activities continue, especially in the case of Frieda River, the Project remains a long-term objective for its shareholder along with prospects that may present beyond 2025.

A new leadership team with multiple portfolio oversight, will together support the PanAust Group’s short and long-term strategy and provide safe operational day-to-day direction for its people and enable the realisation of Company objectives.

Mr Lei Feng

Non Executive Director

Mr Lei Feng has over 20 years of financial management experience in various sectors including printing, packaging, shipbuilding, grain trading, mining and finance.

Mr Feng began his career in 2004 as a Financial Accountant at C & C Joint Printing Co., (Guangdong) Ltd., after completing a Masters of Business Administration degree between 2002 and 2004 at Sun Yat-Sen University.

After five years, in 2009, Mr Feng was appointed as Financial and Executive Manager at Heshan Innopak Co., Ltd. Since 2013, Mr Feng has held senior financial positions with various Guangdong state-owned companies regulated under the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission.

In 2013, Mr Feng took up a new appointment as Financial Controller, at Guangxin Shipbuilding and Heavy Industry Co., Ltd and was appointed in 2016, as the Financial Controller with Donlink Group Co., Ltd.

In 2018, Mr Feng joined Guangdong Rising Holdings Group Co. Ltd., (GRHG) as the Deputy General Manager of the Finance Department and later in 2020 he was appointed as General Manager of Finance. In early 2022, Mr Feng took on his current position of General Manager of Guangdong Rising Investment Development Co., Ltd, with GRHG.

Mr Feng became a Non-executive Director of the PanAust Limited Board of Directors on 10 May 2022.

Mr Daling Zheng

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
MCom, MBA, PGDip

Mr Daling Zheng is PanAust Limited’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. He has 20 years of experience in asset management and investment in China and internationally and holds a Master of Commerce (Applied Finance) from the University of Queensland, an MBA from Murdoch University, and a postgraduate diploma from the Queensland University of Technology.

Prior to joining PanAust Limited, Daling worked for Shenzhen Zhongjin Lingnan Nonferrous Metal Co. where he was involved in mergers, acquisitions, and the asset management of international mines.

Daling’s previous experience includes as an investment approval officer in the Investment Management Committee of the China Ping An Group where he was responsible for the acquisition of global-listed companies and commercial banks, underwriting, investing in corporate bonds, and participating in Moody and Standard & Poor’s credit rating on Ping An Group. He has also been responsible for corporate banking at the China Minsheng Bank, and was an analyst in the energy and nonferrous metal industry at CITIC Futures.

Daling was appointed an Executive Director of PanAust Limited on 27 August 2018, Chief Financial Officer on 15 January 2019 and Deputy Chief Executive Officer on 23 July 2020. In 2022 Daling was appointed as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of PanAust Limited.

Mr Shu Yao


Mr Shu Yao is a Mining Engineer with over 30 years’ of experience in mining operations and management.

Mr Yao joined Shenzhen Zhongjin Lingnan Nonfemet’s (Nonfemet) Fankou Mine – one of the largest lead and zinc producing mines in Asia – in 1989 as a Mining Technician. He would later serve as the Mining Manager, General Manager of the Mining Department, and Assistant General Manager during his 26 year tenure with the Mine.

In 2015, Mr Yao transitioned to work directly for Nonfemet as the Assistant President; General Manager of the Mineral Resource Department. While with the Company, Mr Yao would go on to hold the roles of Deputy President and Director, and Executive Deputy President and Director.

In 2020, Mr Yao transitioned to his current role of Chairman of Guangdong Rising Investment Development Co. Ltd; a first tier subsidiary of Guangdong Rising Holdings Group Co. Ltd.

Mr Yao became the Chairman of PanAust Limited on 11 May 2021.