Our people

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At PanAust we value our people

PanAust recognises that its employees are crucial to the Company’s ongoing success. This is reflected in how PanAust attracts, engages, develops and retains its employees and how it provides a meaningful and rewarding environment in which to work. PanAust remains committed to the localisation of its workforce. 

Meet our team

PanAust’s leaders bring with them a depth and breadth of knowledge, experiences and skills that together steers the Company to future growth and ongoing success.

Board of Directors

Mr Shu Yao

Mr Shu Yao

Executive Chairman

Dr Qun Yang

Dr Qun Yang

Executive Director
MD and CEO

Mr Daling Zheng

Mr Daling Zheng

Executive Director
Deputy CEO and CFO

Mr Paul Arndt

Mr Paul Arndt

Non Executive Director

Mr Wenhao Pan

Mr Wenhao Pan

Non Executive Director

Mr Xigang Zhang

Mr Xigang Zhang

Non Executive Director

Mr Mengliang Dai

Mr Mengliang Dai

Non Executive Director

The Company continues to attract a diverse and multicultural workforce, with employees from Asia, Australia, the Pacific Islands, Africa, Europe and North and South America.

Benefits of working with PanAust

Competitive remuneration package

Competitive remuneration package based on industry benchmarks

Excellent international career development opportunities

Excellent international career development opportunities

Assistance with relocation costs, accommodation and more

For residential expatriates - assistance with relocation costs, accommodation and more

Company incentive program

The potential to participate in a Company incentive program

Safety-focused, team-orientated work environment

A safety-focused, team-orientated work environment

Diverse workplace

A diverse workplace that values individuals’ abilities and contributions

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Current vacancies

Join our multicultural work environment. Find out how you can have a rewarding career with us.

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Across our operations

Mr Shu Yao

Executive Chairman
BEng, MBA

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 Executive Chairman of PanAust Limited on 11 May 2021.

Dr Qun Yang

Executive Director
MD
CEO
PhD (Economics)

Dr Qun Yang is PanAust Limited’s Chief Executive Officer. He holds a doctorate in economics from the Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics in China and has over 20 years’ experience dealing with international exchange and external affairs in a university environment. 

Since 2011, Dr Qun Yang has held the roles of Deputy General Manager and General Manager with Shenzhen Lingnan Nonfemet Company Limited (Nonfemet) overseeing corporate culture and human resources for the Company and its subsidiaries (including overseas entities). He was previously the Assistant President for Nonfemet.

Dr Qun Yang has extensive experience in the non-ferrous metals industry and is familiar with corporate governance practices, and mergers and acquisition processes for state-owned enterprises and state-owned listed companies in China. 

Dr Qun Yang was appointed as a Director of PanAust Limited on 26 September 2017 and elected Chairman on 27 August 2018, appointed Executive Chairman on 15 January 2019 and Chief Executive Officer on 11 May 2021. Dr Qun Yang also serves as a Non-Executive Director of Perilya Limited, a position he was appointed to on 10 October 2019.

Mr Daling Zheng

Executive Director
Deputy CEO and CFO
MCom, MBA, PGDip

Mr Daling Zheng is PanAust Limited’s Chief Financial Officer. He has 20 years 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.

Mr Paul Arndt

Non Executive Director

Mr Paul Arndt is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Perilya Limited (Perilya).

Perilya is an unlisted public company that operates the Broken Hill Mining Complex, and Cerro De Maimón copper and zinc mine in the Dominican Republic.

Paul has held general management positions with Newcrest Mining Limited’s Telfer Operation in Western Australia, Pasminco Limited’s Cockle smelter in Booaroo, New South Wales, and MIM Holding’s Britannia Zinc and Lead Operation, Avonmouth in the United Kingdom. He brings a wide-range of skills and mining experience in the areas of change management, strategy, commercialization, people and project management to the PanAust Board of Directors.

Paul is currently a Director of Myanmar Metals, an ASX-listed public company which is developing a lead and zinc project in Myanmar, and was appointed a Non-Executive Director of PanAust Limited on 27 August 2018.

Mr Wenhao Pan

Non Executive Director
MEcon, Bachelor of Accounting

Mr Wenhao Pan has over 21 years’ of experience in financial securities and capital market operations.

In 2010, Mr Pan began his career as Assistant Manager of the Securities Division for Yunnan Tin Group Company Limited – the largest tin producer and exporter in China. Mr Pan would later serve as the Company’s Financial Controller, General Manager of the Securities Division, and finally, Company Secretary before leaving the Company in 2017.

Mr Pan took the position of Company Secretary and Director of Tibet Julong Copper in 2017, before moving to Rising Nonferrous Metals Co. Ltd. as the Company Secretary and General Manager of its Securities Division.

In 2020, Mr Pan became the Deputy General Manager of Capital Operations at Guangdong Rising Holdings Group Co. Ltd., a position he holds to this day.

Mr Pan became a Non-executive Director of PanAust Limited on 11 May 2021.

Mr Xigang Zhang

Non Executive Director
Bachelor of Accounting

Mr Xigang Zhang has over 28 years’ of financial management experience in the textile and mining industries.

Mr Zhang began his career as a Financial Department Assistant Manager at the Shanxi No. 1 Textile Machinery Factory in 1993. In 1999, Mr Zhang took the position of Deputy Chief Accountant of Hainan Zhenye New Synthetic Fiber Co. Ltd.

In 2008, Mr Zhang transitioned to the mining industry, taking the role of Deputy General Manager of Rising Nonferrous Metals Co. Ltd’s Finance Department. He would later be promoted to the General Manager of the Department.

During his time with Rising Nonferrous Metals Co. Ltd, Mr Zhang would also hold the positions of Assistant General Manager and Vice General Manager before departing to join Guangdong Rising Holdings Group Co. Ltd. as General Manager of Finance – a position he holds to this day.

Mr Zhang became a Non-executive Director of the PanAust Limited Board of Directors on 17 May 2021.

Mr Mengliang Dai

Non Executive Director
M.S.Met

Mr Mengliang Dai has over 20 years’ experience in non-ferrous metal and metallurgical technology.

Mr Dai began his career as a Technician at Shenzhen Zhongjin Lingnan Nonfemet’s Shaoguan zinc smelter in 2000. Mr Dai went on to work as a Senior Supervisor for the smelter’s Department of Technology after obtaining a Master of Metallurgical Engineering from the Jiangxi University of Technology and Science in Ganzhou, China in 2005.

In 2014, Mr Dai joined Guangdong Rising Holding Group Co. Ltd. as a Senior Manager in the company’s Investment Department. In 2020, he was promoted to the position of Vice General Manager of the department, the position currently holds.

Mr Dai became a Non-executive Director of PanAust Limited on 11 May 2021.