Griffin Mining Limited
Griffin Mining Limited has been operating successfully in China since acquiring its interest in the Caijiaying Zinc Gold Mine in 1997. Griffin was the first foreign company to obtain an exploration licence, a mining licence and construct a new mine in China and is one of only 3 foreign companies currently mining, as opposed to exploring, in China.
William Mulligan - In memoriam
William Mulligan (“Bill”) who passed away on 22nd August 2015 and was a director of Griffin Mining Ltd from 1997 through to 2013, was a long time, very well known, mining professional, based in New York. After graduating with a B.Sc from Thomas Clarkson University, a MS in Geological Engineering from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from NYU Bernard Baruch School of Business Administration, he served with distinction in the US Marine Corp, various mining companies such as Amax and Latin American Gold, numerous investment and commercial banks such as Lehman Brothers, Chase Manhattan and Managing Director and Head of Mining at Prudential Bache and finally as Managing Director for Global Projects and Political Risk at AIG Global Trade and Political Risk Insurance Company. He was also a non executive director of Arcon International Plc and, most enjoyably in his latter years, of Griffin Mining Ltd from October 1997 until December 2013 where he participated at board level in trailblazing a path into mining in the People’s Republic of China where Griffin was the first foreign company to obtain mining and exploration licences in the country and to construct a new foreign owned mine at Caijiaying in north-west China. Bill was a huge supporter and a wise head as Griffin grew from a small exploration company to a substantial producing mining company. His stature, knowledge and experience were invaluable during his time with Griffin. His humor and continual positive outlook lifted all those around him during difficult times.
Upon his voluntary resignation from the board of Griffin upon reaching his 70th birthday, the Chairman Mladen Ninkov publicly announced to the London Stock Exchange the following “It with profound sadness that we accept the resignation of Bill Mulligan as a director of the Company. Bill was a foundation director of Griffin when it acquired its initial interest in Caijiaying in 1997 and has provided wise guidance, counsel and enthusiasm throughout the development, commissioning and subsequent expansions of the Caijiaying operations. Bill has been a giant of the mining industry throughout his exceptional career at Amax, Lehman Brothers, Chase Manhattan, Prudential Bache and other major corporations. My fellow directors and I wish him a long, healthy and prosperous retirement. He will be sorely missed.”