The boss of Boulby Mine is leaving his role to take up a new position in Africa.
Phil Baines, managing director at Cleveland Potash, near Staithes, is moving to work in Ethiopia.
Mr Baines is expected to leave his role next month and will oversee a $1bn potash development in Dallol, in the north-east of the country.
A spokesman for Israel Chemicals Limited, Cleveland Potash’s parent company, said: “As part of ICL’s global expansion strategy, Phil Baines has been given the opportunity to lead a major global development. Phil has been asked to take on this huge challenge because of his extensive managerial, mining and engineering experience, which made him the perfect candidate and we wish him all the best.”
Mr Baines will be replaced at the mine by David Zvinda, who is relocating to the UK from his post as senior vice-president of operations at ICL’s Dead Sea works.
Earlier this year, Cleveland Potash was awarded £4.9m from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund to support a £38m project focussed on mining and processing polyhalite, a move that could create 125 jobs.
As part of the restructuring programme, Cleveland Potash will be rebranded with a new company name and logo, becoming ICL Fertilizers.
The ICL spokesperson added: “Over the last 18 months, Cleveland Potash has strengthened its workforce and ICL has invested heavily in our operations in an effort to secure a sustainably business.”