The Board has a number of committees consisting of certain Directors and Management including an Audit Committee, Remuneration Committee in addition to the Board of Directors. The Directors and Key Management Personnel biographies are set out below:
Brendon Jones (Interim CEO)
Mr. Jones is a Director of Maitland (Mauritius) Limited (“Maitland”), a leading management company in Mauritius. Mr. Jones was a shareholder of Inter-Ocean Management Limited, prior to its sale to Maitland in 2012. Mr Jones is actively involved in structuring and execution, of Private Equity Funds, Corporates and private clients across a range of industries with a specific focus on Africa.
Mr. Jones currently holds a number of Executive and Non-Executive Directorships, including Tremont Master Holdings, a mining investment holding company funded substantially by Denham Capital and managed by Pangea Exploration since 2011, One Thousand and One Voices Management (Mauritius), Ltd, a pan African Private Equity Fund and Novare Africa Fund PCC, a Mauritian Stock Exchange listed property Fund. His Board roles include the review and approval of investment proposals presented by the various investment teams.
Mr. Jones holds an Higher National Diploma in Human Resources, Investment Advice Certificate from the Securities Institute, London and in 2003 obtained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business and is a fellow of the Institute of Directors. Mr. Jones is a dual British and South African citizen and resides in Mauritius.
Charles has a long and distinguished career in stewardship of mining companies. He started his career doing his articles with Bernstein & Malkin before moving to Rand London Corporation in 1978, becoming the Group Financial Manager. Charles then joined Metorex Ltd in 1983, going on to become the CEO, and Chairman of its subsidiary companies in the group. Charles currently serves as the Corporate Affairs Executive for Metorex Ltd and Chairman of its subsidiary companies. During Charles’ tenure at Metorex he was involved in the development of Ruashi Copper mine in Katanga DRC. This was one of the first commercial mines to be developed in Katanga after the DRC opened up to international investment. Charles has been instrumental in developing and maintaining the good relations Ruashi enjoys in the DRC.
Mr. Pretorius joined Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) in 1988 as a manager in the Corporate Finance division, which included the bank’s private equity activities, and helped with the management of such companies as Momentum Life, Aegis Insurance and Outsurance, and assisted their development and growth.
In 1996, on his appointment to the executive committee of RMB, he was responsible for starting the first venture of the RMB group into the retail banking industry through the launch of Origin. RMB acquired First National Bank in 1998, leading to the formation of the FirstRand group. He was appointed to the FirstRand executive committee taking responsibility for mortgage lending and private banking in the group. Board positions included First National Bank, Aegis Insurance and Outsurance. Mr. Pretorius also served on the RMB private equity investment committee up to 1998.
After leaving RMB/FirstRand at the end of 1999, Mr. Pretorius formed Treacle Private Equity with two partners. Treacle raised its first fund of R226m in 2000, and a second fund in 2005 of R463m. At Treacle, Mr. Pretorius has been involved in numerous investments and has served on the board of Senwes Limited, and presently serves on the boards of Securedata Holdings, Outsurance Holdings Ltd, Sourcecode Technology Holdings LLC, and Polar Star Management Ltd.
Mr. Pretorius holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from The University of South Africa. Mr. Pretorius is a South African citizen, currently residing in Mauritius.
Mark Gasson (Non Executive Director, Technical Services Division)
Mr Gasson is a qualified geologist based in Switzerland and has 28 years experience in mining and exploration. He has held senior positions with a number of Australian and international mining companies operating in Africa. His most recent position was Managing Director of Erongo Energy Limited (ASX:ARN) and he was previously the Exploration Manager-East Africa for Gallery Gold Limited and the Executive Director of Exploration for Tiger Resources Limited.
Juan Carlos Del Rio (Non Executive Director)
Currently serves on the board of BASIC RESOURCES AG and ROME RESOURCES LTD. He formerly served as CEO in the ASTROC Group since its IPO and led the group from a USD 900 Mio IPO to its double cross-border M&A USD 20 Bio. While at UBS AG became responsible for Spain and Portugal and directed both countries’ Wealth Management business in the USA. Overlapping his terms at UBS and ASTROC he concurrently served on the Board of The US-Spain Chamber of Commerce. Prior to UBS he was responsible for developing an international new book of business for Merrill Lynch. He was also a pit supervisor on the floor of NYMEX for gold, silver & copper while working for Millenium Futures. Has BBA in Finance from Pace University (New York), a BS in Aerospace Engineering and MS in Financial Engineering from Polytechnic University (New York) and a Diploma of the RCC-Harvard Business School Executive Program (Cambridge).
Tom Borman who is a Chartered Accountant has vast experience in the mining and minerals industry. He served in excess of 11 years with BHP Billiton group in various senior managerial capacities. Subsequently he joined Warrior Coal Investments (Proprietary) Limited, as part of the executive team which established and consolidated the portfolio of assets now constituting the Optimum group of companies subsequently listed on the JSE March 2010. Tom has extensive global business experience, having worked in several countries including South Africa, Kenya, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Australia.
Tom is an active director of Beacon Rock Corporate Services, a company which provides advisory services to the mining industry. He is also a non-executive director of Metmar Limited, a Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed commodities trading company.
Ross Doyle was awarded a Bachelor of Commerce in 1991 from the University of Queensland, Australia and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1995. Mr Doyle has had several senior roles including 9 years commodities experience at Glencore. Mr Doyle’s extensive commodity, technology and corporate financing experience make him particularly qualified to serve as an Alphamin Resources director.
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