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Hard but fair

Metal X chief executive Peter Cook has impressed with his efforts in building a substantial gold division through good-value M&A and operational expertise. The diversified company owns the Higginsville and South Kalgoorlie operations after acquiring Alacer Gold's Australian gold assets, and has this year made a number of other significant acquisitions including the Mt Henry, Georges Reward and Grosvenor (re-badged Fortnum) gold projects. The nomination is also in recognition of Cook's long-term commitment, as well as that of his team, which together have ridden the hard times and dug deep to deliver today.

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Cook picked up the Higginsville operations as part of a deal with Alacer Gold

MJ: How do you define core leadership values?

PC: To me leadership is presence, not an action.