Directors & Management

 

DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHIES

 

Stephen A. Lang, Chair and Director, is currently a lecturer at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Mr. Lang was appointed a director of Centerra in June 2008 and was appointed Chair in May 2012. Mr. Lang formerly served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Centerra and has over 30 years of experience in the mineral sector including engineering, development and production in gold, coal, platinum group metals and copper operations. Mr. Lang joined Centerra in 2007 as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in June of 2008. Between 2003 and 2007, Mr. Lang served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Stillwater Mining Company. Prior to joining Stillwater, he was employed with Barrick Gold Corporation as Vice President and General Manager of Barrick Gold’s Goldstrike/Meikle operation from 2001 to 2003. Prior to this, he served as Vice President of Engineering and Project Development of Rio Algom, Limited in Santiago, Chile from 1999 to 2001. From 1996 to 1999, he served as Vice President and General Manager of Kinross Gold Corporation/Amax Gold Corporation’s Fort Knox Mine in Fairbanks, Alaska. From 1981 to 1996, he held various positions with Santa Fe Pacific Gold Corporation, including General Manager of the Twin Creeks Mine in Golconda, Nevada. Mr. Lang earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and a Masters degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla. Mr. Lang currently serves on the Board of Directors of Allied Nevada Gold Corp, International Tower Hill Mines Ltd and Timmins Gold Corp.

Mr. Lang is Chair of the Risk Committee and a member of the Sustainable Operations Committee.
 

Bruce V. Walter, Vice Chair and Director, is currently Chairman of Nunavut Iron Ore, Inc. and serves as Vice Chair of Centerra Gold (part-time). From 2002 until 2007, Mr. Walter was a director and officer of Dynatec Corporation, initially as Vice-Chairman and from 2005 as President and CEO. Prior thereto his career included serving as President of Sherritt Inc., President and CEO of Plaintree Systems Inc., and Managing Director and Co-Head of the Media, Telecom & Technology investment and corporate banking group at BMO Nesbitt Burns. Mr. Walter also served as Vice-President of Horsham Corporation and was a partner in the predecessor law firm to Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP. Mr. Walter received his Juris. Doctor (J.D.) and Master of Business Administration degrees from York University in 1981. He received his PhD in law in 1985 from the University of Cape Town. Mr. Walter currently serves on the National Advisory Board of The Salvation Army.

Mr. Walter is Chair of the Sustainable Operations Committee.
 

Scott G. Perry, Director, has over 20 years of international experience in the mining industry.  Mr. Perry was appointed as a director of Centerra in December 2015.  Mr. Perry currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Centerra and most recently served as Chief Executive Officer & Director of AuRico Gold.  Before that, he acted as Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of AuRico Gold. Prior to joining AuRico Gold, Mr. Perry held increasingly senior financial roles with Barrick Gold in Australia, the United States, and Russia & Central Asia.

Mr. Perry holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Curtin University, a post-graduate diploma in applied finance and investment, as well as a CPA designation.

 

 

Richard W. Connor, Director, has over 25 years of experience as an audit partner with KPMG LLP in the United States, principally for publicly traded clients in a variety of industries, including Energy and Mining, and Media and Telecommunications. Mr. Connor retired from KPMG LLP in 2009, where he served as the Office Managing Partner of the KPMG Denver Office from 1996 to 2008. Mr. Connor was elected to the partnership in 1980 and was appointed to the firm’s SEC Reviewing Partners Committee in 1987, where he served until his retirement. Mr. Connor earned his BS degree in Accounting from the University of Colorado.  Mr. Connor currently serves on the Board of Directors and as chairman of the audit committees of Antero Resources Corporation, an independent oil and natural gas company headquartered in Denver, Colorado,  Antero Resources Midstream Management LLC, the general partner of Antero Midstream Partners LP, a publicly listed master limited partnership listed on the New York Stock Exchange and of the Zayo Group LLC, a provider of bandwidth infrastructure and colocation services headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. 

Mr. Connor is the Chair of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Risk Committee.
 

Raphael A. Girard, Director, is a public policy and international business consultant who retired from the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs in August 2003. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Girard was the Canadian Ambassador to Romania from June 2000 to July 2003, and earlier to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Between 2005 and 2010, Mr. Girard was a director of Gabriel Resources and was chair of its Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Girard received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia.

Mr. Girard is a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, the Human Resources and Compensation Committee and the Sustainable Operations Committee.
 

Eduard Kubatov, Director, is currently a director of the Kyrgyz Branch of Robust Resources, an Australian based mining company. Prior to that, he was the General Director of Talas Gold Mining Company and of Polyus Gold Kyrgystan and Jany Jyldyz Gold LLC. He has over 10 years of experience working with multi-national mining companies.

Mr. Kubatov received a law degree from the Kyrgyz State National University Law School (1996).

Mr. Kubatov is a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and the Sustainable Operations Committee.

 

Nurlan Kyshtobaev, Director, is currently a Partner at the Grata Law Firm in Bishkek. Prior to joining Grata, he was a lawyer at the Office of the EBRD General Counsel, where he advised bankers on lending, including direct investments in countries in which the EBRD operates. He also worked for the Moscow offices of Chadbourne & Parke LLP and Latham & Watkins LLP, where he advised clients on a broad range of Russian law issues.

Mr. Kyshtobaev leads the banking & finance team of Grata Law Firm in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Mr. Kyshtobaev has over 10 years of experience working as a lawyer. Mr. Kyshtobaev received a diploma in international public law from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (2007).
 
Mr. Kyshtobaev is a member of the Risk Committee and the Human Resources and Compensation Committee.

Michael S. Parrett, Director, is an independent consultant and corporate director. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Pengrowth Energy Corporation and Stillwater Mining Company. Prior to that, he served on the boards of Gabriel Resources Limited from 2003 to 2010 (including as Chairman from 2005 to 2010) and of Fording Canadian Coal Trust from 2003 to 2008. Previously, Mr. Parrett was the Chief Financial Officer of Rio Algom Limited and, prior to that, Chief Financial Officer of Falconbridge Limited. Mr. Parrett is a Chartered Accountant and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from York University.

Mr. Parrett is a member of the Audit Committee and the Human Resources and Compensation Committee.
 

Jacques Perron, Director has worked in the mining industry for more than 30 years and has extensive technical and operations experience. Mr. Perron was appointed as a director of Centerra in October 2016. Most recently Mr. Perron was President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc. Prior to joining Thompson Creek in 2013, Mr. Perron was President and Chief Executive Officer of St Andrew Goldfields Ltd. since 2007.
Previous senior management positions included Senior Vice President of IAMGOLD Corporation from 2006 to 2007 and Vice President, Canada of Cambior Inc. from 2004 to 2006. From 1984 to 2004, Mr. Perron held a variety of increasingly senior management positions with Cameco Inc., Placer Dome Canada Limited, Breakwater Resources Ltd., Cambior Inc., JS Redpath Ltd. and Noranda Inc. Mr. Perron has also been a director of the Canadian Mineral Industry Education Foundation since 2007.
 
Mr. Perron has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from l'École Polytechnique de Montréal.

Sheryl K. Pressler, Director, is currently an investment and strategy consultant in Atlanta, Georgia. From 2000 to 2001, she served as Chief Executive Officer of Lend Lease Real Estate Investments-United States. From 1994 to 2000, she served as Chief Investment Officer of California Public Employees’ Retirement System. Prior thereto, she was responsible for the investment management of the retirement funds for the McDonnell Douglas Corporation. Ms. Pressler received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Webster University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Washington University. Ms. Pressler served on the board of directors of Stillwater Mining Company from 2002 until 2013 and currently serves on the board of directors of Voya Investment Management. 

Ms. Pressler is Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and a member of the Audit Committee and the Risk Committee.
 

Terry V. Rogers, Director, served as Senior Vice President of Cameco Corporation (“Cameco”) until his retirement in June 2007 and has more than 30 years’ experience in the coal, gold, lignite and uranium mining businesses. Prior to being appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Cameco in 2003, he served as President of Kumtor Operating Company in the Kyrgyz Republic. Prior to his association with Cameco, Mr. Rogers served with Morrison-Knudsen Company and its subsidiaries at a variety of operating sites worldwide and in the corporate headquarters in Boise, Idaho. His assignments included that of Managing Director, Technical for MIBRAG GmbH, a company in Leipzig, Germany producing lignite from three open cast mines and generating electricity at three coal-fired power stations. Mr. Rogers has also served as president of the Jerooy Gold Company, worked for MK Gold Company in the Kyrgyz Republic and served as General Manager of American Girl Mining Joint Venture with MK Gold in Southern California. Other assignments with Morrison-Knudsen included operations management at several gold and coal mining projects in the United States. Mr. Rogers received an Associate degree in Applied Science from the Superior Technical Institute in Wisconsin in 1972. Mr. Rogers currently serves on the board of directors of Hecla Mining Company. In 2011, Mr. Rogers received his Chartered Director (C. Dir.) designation from The Directors College (a joint venture of McMaster University and The Conference Board of Canada). Mr. Rogers also obtained the Human Resources and Compensation Committee Certified (H.R.C.C.C.) designation from The Directors College in 2013.

Mr. Rogers is the Independent Lead Director, Chair of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee and a member of the Sustainable Operations Committee.
 

Bektur Sagynov, Director, is currently the Deputy Chairman on economics, finance and investment of Kyrgyzaltyn JSC and the Chairman of the Board of Kumtor Gold Company. Prior to his current position he worked as an expert of the consulting group for negotiations with Centerra, and as an expert in the energy and mineral resources division of the office of the Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic.
Mr. Sagynov has a Master of Business Administration from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan (2013) and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the American University of Central Asia (2002).
 
Mr. Sagynov is a member of the Sustainable Operations Committee and the Risk Committee.


MANAGEMENT BIOGRAPHIES

 

Scott G. Perry, Chief Executive Officer

Scott has over 20 years’ experience in the mining industry.  Scott joined Centerra in November 2015 as Chief Executive Officer.  Prior to joining Centerra, he most recently served as Chief Executive Officer & Director of AuRico Gold. Before that, Scott acted as Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of AuRico Gold. Prior to joining AuRico Gold, Scott held increasingly senior financial roles with Barrick Gold in Australia, the United States, and Russia & Central Asia.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Curtin University, a post-graduate diploma in applied finance and investment, as well as a CPA designation.

 

 

 

Frank H. Herbert, President

Frank has over 25 years of experience in the mining and natural resources industries.  Frank joined Centerra in 2004 as General Counsel and was appointed President in 2015.  He is responsible for management of the company's global legal affairs, government relations and negotiations in the jurisdictions where Centerra operates, including the Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Turkey, Portugal and Canada.  Mr. Herbert also works with Centerra’s Chief Executive Officer in setting the strategic direction for Centerra. Prior to joining Centerra Frank was in private practice as a partner with a major Canadian law firm, where he provided advice to clients on mergers and acquisitions, securities and commercial matters, especially in the natural resources sector.  He also practiced with a leading firm in London, U.K., where he focused on international natural resource transactions and joint ventures.

Frank received his LLB from Queen's University (1986) and his BA (History and English) from the University of Toronto (1983).

 


Gordon D. Reid, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Gordon has over 30 years of mining industry experience with International and North American mining companies. In January 2013, Gordon was promoted to Vice President and Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for all of Centerra’s operations. Gordon joined Centerra in 2004 as Manager of Business Development and has held various positions including Vice-President Business Development, President, Kumtor Operating Company, and Corporate Vice President Operations. His experience includes project development, engineering, and consulting, as well as increasingly senior management roles in operations and business development. Prior to joining Centerra, Gordon worked for BHP Billiton PLC (Nicolet Minerals Company), Placer Dome Inc., Noranda Inc., TVX Gold Inc., and Kilborn Engineering Pacific Ltd.

Gordon has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Manitoba, (1994) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from Michigan Technological University (1981). He is registered as a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario, Canada.


Darren J. Millman, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Darren has over 18 years of experience in financial management, auditing and the mining industry.  In April 2016, Darren was promoted to Chief Financial Officer.  Darren joined Centerra in 2013 as Treasurer and was promoted to Vice President, Finance and Treasurer in January 2015.  Prior to joining Centerra, Darren was General Manager Finance and Company Secretary at Ivanhoe Australia from 2007 to 2012, where he gained valuable experience with listing Ivanhoe on the ASX and TSX and led the financing activities.  From 2000 to 2007 Darren worked with KPMG as Senior Manager, in Canada, and held several progressive senior roles in Australia and the U.K., predominately working with mining and construction corporations.  From 1997 to 1999, he worked as an Accountant for Hall Chadwick in Melbourne, Australia.

Darren holds a Bachelor of Business, Accounting from Victoria University (1999).  Darren is a Chartered Accountant, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia (2003).  He also has a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance from the Institute of Chartered Company Secretaries of Australia (2010).


Dennis C. Kwong, Vice President, Business Development & Exploration

Dennis Kwong, Vice President, Business Development, joined Centerra Gold Inc. in October 2008. In this role, Dennis directs the activities focused on non-organic growth of the organization by identifying, evaluating, recommending, and negotiating value-adding business opportunities including corporate acquisitions.

Dennis has a solid career in business development and finance. After pursuing his Masters of Science at McGill University and his MBA at University of Toronto, he joined PriceWaterhouseCoopers, during which time he obtained his Chartered Accountant designation. Dennis joined Noranda (subsequently Falconbridge and Xstrata) in 2002 as a Business Development Analyst where he assisted with their business strategy for China. Over his career at Xstrata he advanced to several positions of greater responsibility. Prior to joining Centerra Dennis' last position was at Xstrata's Nickel division as Director, Business Development and he was pivotal in establishing the financing package for their Koniambo nickel project in New Caledonia.


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