Philip Renaud, Chairman of the Board
Mr. Philip Renaud is Managing Director of Church Advisors, a European investment advisory firm involved in private financings. A graduate of Franklin College of Switzerland with a Bachelor of Arts in international financial management, Mr. Renaud has been instrumental in securing many private equity financings and has an extensive European and North American network. Prior to his involvement with Church Advisors, Mr. Renaud was a founding partner of Change Capital Partners, a 300 million Euro private equity fund. He is also director of Yorbeau Resources Inc., a public minerals exploration company.
J. Alberto Arias, Director
Mr. Alberto Arias is the founder and President of Arias Resource Capital Management LP. Mr. Arias has over 15 years of experience in the field of international mining finance, and is widely recognized as an industry expert, having been ranked for five consecutive years as the #1 equity research analyst for the metals and mining industry in Latin America by leading polls such as Institutional Investor. Prior to founding Arias Resource Capital, Mr. Arias worked for eight years at Goldman, Sachs & Co., most recently acting as Managing Director and Head of Equity Research for metals and mining in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Mr. Arias worked for 4 years at UBS as Executive Director and Analyst covering the Latin American metals and mining sector. Mr. Arias has engineering degrees in mining and metallurgy and an MBA (B.Sc. from the Colorado School of Mines and three Masters degrees from Columbia University), mining industry operational experience, and holds a patent for a gold mineral processing technology. He was raised in a family with a three-generation tradition of founding and managing private mining companies in Peru.
Guillermo Kaelin, Director
Mr. Kaelin is currently a Director with Arias Resource Capital Management LP ("ARCM"), which he joined in 2008. Prior to joining ARCM, he spent almost 3 years with the Investment Banking Division of JP Morgan in New York within its Metals & Mining Group. Previously, he worked at Banco Wiese Sudameris in Peru as both a credit officer (2 years) and a senior research analyst (3 years). Mr. Kaelin has an MBA from the University of Chicago, an MS in Finance from ESAN (Peru) and a BS in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad de Lima. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Sociedad Minera Corona S.A. in Peru.
John S. Donnelly, Director
Mr. Donnelly is currently Chairman of the Board of Zurich Financial Services in Mexico; Member of the Board of Directors and President of the Audit Committee of JP Morgan in Mexico; and on the Board of Directors of CrediConfia, U-Storage and Paralelo 19, all in Mexico. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Donnelly was the Country Head at Bank of America in Mexico; from 2001 to 2003, he served as a Board Member of JP Morgan and Consultant in the integration of the merger with Chase Manhattan Bank. From 1992 to 2001, he served as Country Manager and Managing Director of Investment Banking at Chase Manhattan Bank in Mexico; and held the same position at Chemical Bank prior to the merger with Chase; from 1988 to 1992, Mr. Donnelly was partner of Mantrust, SRL, representing Manufacturers Hanover’s joint venture of an Investment Bank in Brazil. Mr. Donnelly has an MBA from Thunderbird, School of Global Management and a B.S. in Political Science from Spring Hill College. He is also on the International Advisory Committee of Zurich Financial; Family Trustee of GEE Three, LBG and Global Council to the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Formerly Mr. Donnelly was President and Vice President of the Foreign Bankers Association in Mexico; and Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico.
Steven Dean, Director
Mr. Dean is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, a Member of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia. He has extensive experience internationally in mining, most recently as President of Teck Cominco Limited (now Teck Resources Ltd.). Prior to joining Teck, Mr. Dean was a founding director of Normandy Poseidon Group, (which became Normandy Mining) the largest Australian gold producer until its sale to Newmont Mining in 2002, as well as founder of PacMin Mining a gold producer that became a subsidiary of Teck Corporation in 1999. He was also a co-founder and former Chairman of copper producer Amerigo Resources Ltd. Mr. Dean is Chairman and a Director of Spur Ventures Inc. (TSX:SVU), of Infinito Gold Ltd. (TSX-V:IG) and of Oceanic Iron Ore Corporation (TSX-V:FEO).
Doug Cater, Director
Mr. Cater has actively practiced geoscience for the past 28 years. He has worked at numerous operating mines and advanced stage mineral exploration properties throughout Canada, US and Africa. Upon graduation, Mr. Cater commenced work at the Macassa Mine located in Kirkland Lake Ontario where he worked his way from Mine Geologist to Sr. Mine Geologist. Mr. Cater has held the role of Chief Mine Geologist and Exploration Manager positions for senior-tier mining companies. He is currently employed as the Exploration Manager for Dundee Precious Metals Inc., a Toronto based mining and exploration company. Mr. Cater is a member of the APGO, and has been on the Board of Directors for a District Hospital and a Heritage building.
Daniel Tellechea, President and CEO, Director
Mr. Tellechea received a BSc in accounting in 1968 and a Master's Degree in Business Administration in 1983, both from the Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico). Until recently, Mr. Daniel Tellechea was an independent financial and management consultant. From 2003 to 2005, he was President and CEO of Asarco LLC. Previous to that, from 1994 to 2003, Mr. Tellechea served as the Managing Director of Finance and Administration of Grupo Mexico, Asarco's parent corporation. For the period between 1999 and 2003, he also served as Asarco's Chief Financial Officer and as Vice-President of Finance for Southern Peru Copper Corporation, which was majority owned by Grupo Mexico.