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President & CEO
Mark has been the chief executive of Randgold Resources since its incorporation in 1995. Randgold was founded on his pioneering exploration work in West Africa and he has subsequently led the company’s growth through the discovery and development of world class assets into a major international gold mining business.
Mark has played a pivotal part in promoting the emergence of a sustainable mining industry in Africa. He has a proven track record of growing businesses and delivering considerable shareholder value. A geologist with a PhD from Natal University, South Africa, Mark has held board positions at a number of global mining companies.
Chairman, World Gold Council
David Harquail led the successful initial public offering and listing of Franco-Nevada Corporation onto the Toronto Stock Exchange in late 2007. He has served as CEO since then during which time Franco-Nevada’s share price has outperformed the gold price and all relevant gold equity benchmarks.
Mr. Harquail previously held senior executive roles at Newmont Mining Corporation. Prior to that, he was a senior executive of the original Franco-Nevada group of royalty companies for 15 years. Mr. Harquail is the current Chair of the World Gold Council and has served on many senior mining boards, industry associations and not-for-profits.
He is a designated Professional Engineer with a degree from the University of Toronto, an MBA from McGill University and is the major benefactor of the Harquail School of Earth Science and its Mineral Exploration Research Centre in Sudbury.
Steve Letwin was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of IAMGOLD on November 1, 2010. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since joining the Company.
Specializing in corporate finance, operational management, and merger & acquisitions, Steve brings over 30 years of experience from the highly-competitive resource sector. Steve actively leads his executive management teams with a clear and pragmatic approach to driving business results, creating shareholder value, and achieving sustainable growth.
Throughout his career, Steve has actively demonstrated his commitment to voluntary leadership. His most recent community affiliations have included Director, Corporate Campaign Committee of Texas Children’s Hospital; Patron, UNICEF Alberta, Canada; and Director, YMCA Calgary, Canada. For his commitment to the community, Steve was awarded the 2006 Alberta Centennial Medal.
Peter Marrone founded Yamana Gold in July 2003 and currently serves as Executive Chairman of the company.
Since Yamana was founded, it has become a major gold, silver and copper producer from mines in the Americas. Mr. Marrone has more than 30 years of mining, business and capital markets experience and has been on the boards of a number of public companies and advised companies with a strong South American presence. Mr. Marrone currently sits on the board of directors of Leagold Mining Corporation.
Prior to Yamana, Peter Marrone was the head of investment banking at a major Canadian investment bank and before that, practiced corporate law in Toronto with a strong focus on corporate law, securities law and international transactions.
President & CEO
Lucara Diamond Corporation
Ms. Thomas is a Canadian geologist with more than 20 years of experience in the Canadian diamond business. She is currently the CEO and director of Lucara Diamond Corp., a publicly traded diamond producing company. Ms. Thomas previously served as CEO and director of Kaminak Gold Corporation, vice president of Aber Resources, now Dominion Diamond Corp., and was the founder and CEO of Stornoway Diamond Corp.
In 2004, Ms. Thomas was honoured as one of “Canada’s Top 40 under 40” by the Caldwell Partners and Report on Business magazine. In 2007 she was named to Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 list by the Women’s Executive Network and in 2008 she was named by the Davos, Switzerland-based World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.
Ms. Thomas graduated from the University of Toronto with a bachelor of science degree.