November 22, 2012

Appointment of Director


22 November 2012


Stellar Diamonds plc

(“Stellar” or the “Company”)

Appointment of Director

Stellar Diamonds plc, the London listed (AIM: STEL) diamond development company focused on West Africa, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Markus Elsässer as a non-executive director of the Company with effect from 21 November 2012.

Dr Elsässer is a German financier and investor in the mineral resources industry. He is Head of the Elsässer family office ‘M. Elsässer & Cie AG 1971’ in Dusseldorf, Germany. He is a Non-Executive Board member of Arctic Gold AB, an exploration and mine development company listed in Sweden and of Impact Minerals Limited, an exploration company listed on the ASX. Dr Elsässer was previously a Director of Finance at the Dow Chemical Company in Germany and he has extensive general management experience with former appointments in Australia and Singapore in the chemical and food industries. Dr Elsässer has a degree and PhD in Business Administration from Cologne University, Germany.

Dr Elsässer is interested in 41,278,333 shares in the Company, representing 14.02% of the Company’s total voting rights.

Commenting on the appointment of Dr. Elsässer to the Board of Stellar, Lord Daresbury, non-executive chairman said “I am extremely pleased to welcome Markus as a non-executive director as he brings with him a wealth of financial and management experience. As our largest shareholder, and now fellow director, I am sure we will continue to enjoy the keen support of Markus as we continue to advance Stellar’s key projects through the development pipeline and hopefully into future production.”

For further information please contact the following or visit the Company’s website at

Stellar Diamonds plc

Karl Smithson,Chief ExecutiveTel: +44 (0) 20 7010 7686

Northland Capital Partners Limited

(Nominated Advisor and Broker)

Gavin Burnell, Edward Hutton Tel: +44 (0) 20 7796 8800

Daniel Stewart & Company plc


Martin Lampshire, Antony Legge Tel: +44 (0) 20 7776 6550

Pelham Bell Pottinger

James MacFarlane, Joanna Boon Tel: +44 (0) 20 7861 3232

Markus Gilbert Elsässer, aged 56, is currently, or has in the last 5 years been, a director of the following companies:

Current directorships:

Impact Minerals Limited

Arctic Gold AB

Stonerol Oy, Finland

M. Elsasser & Cie AG 1971

Olympia Private Mentors GmbH

M. Elsasser Vermogensverwaltung Wealth Management GmbH

Pergamon Holding AG

Nassim Gold SA

Past directorships (within 5 years):

Fiducia Treuhand AG

StarCapital AG

There are no further disclosures required under Schedule Two, paragraph (g) of the AIM Rules for Companies.