LONDON, July 26 Mexican miner Fresnillo
, the world's largest primary silver producer, said
Octavio Alvidrez would become its new chief executive, taking
the reins from Jaime Lomelin, who at 77 is to retire.
Alvidrez, well-known to London's financial community after a
spell as head of investor relations at Fresnillo between 2008
and 2010, joins as the company's new boss from Penoles
, the Mexican mining company which controls
Fresnillo, where he is currently general manager of a zinc mine.
A change at the top of Fresnillo had been expected by
analysts given Lomelin's age.
Fresnillo said in a statement on Thursday that Lomelin, who
had been boss of the miner since it listed in London in 2008,
would remain on the board as a non-executive director.
"It doesn't change our view on the stock. There had to be a
change at some point and I think now is as good a point as any.
What the new guy brings is probably a positive from the
company's perspective," RBC analyst Jonathan Guy said.