Directors & Management

DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHIES

 

Stephen A. Lang, Chair and Director, has over 30 years of experience in the mining industry. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Centerra Gold from 2008 to 2012, and has been a Board Director since 2008. He joined Centerra in 2007 as Chief Operating Officer. Between 2003 and 2007, Steve served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Stillwater Mining Company. Prior to joining Stillwater, Steve 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 Minerals Corporation, including General Manager of the Twin Creeks Mine in Golconda, Nevada. Mr. Lang earned a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering 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.

Mr. Lang is a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, Reserves Committee and the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee.


Bruce V. Walter, Vice Chair and Director, is currently Chairman and CEO of Four Mile Investments Inc. involved in investments and financial and strategic advisory services. 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 VP of Horsham Corporation and was a partner in the predecessor law firm to Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP. Mr. Walter received his Bachelor of Laws 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 boards of The Westaim Corporation and the National Ballet School of Canada.

Mr. Walter is Chair of the Safety, Health and Environmental Committee and is a member of the Reserves Committee.


Ian Atkinson, Director, President and Chief Executive Officer

Ian Atkinson has over 30 years of experience in worldwide natural resource management. Ian was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Centerra Gold in May, 2012, and was appointed to Centerra’s Board of Directors in January, 2013. Ian Atkinson has over 30 years of experience in worldwide natural resource management. Ian joined Centerra Gold in 2005 as Vice President, Exploration, was promoted to Senior Vice President, Global Exploration in 2010 and was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in May of 2012. Prior to joining Centerra, Ian was Vice President Exploration & Strategy for Hecla Mining Company where he was responsible for directing exploration activities and managing the technical services and environmental groups. Prior to his time with Hecla Mining Company, Ian was Senior Vice President Operations & Exploration with Battle Mountain Gold in Houston and was Senior Vice President with Hemlo Gold Mines in Toronto. Mr. Atkinson joined the Noranda Group in 1979 and was involved in base and precious metal exploration in positions of increasing responsibility from offices across Canada. Before that Ian worked as a geologist and geophysicist for Falconbridge Nickel Mines Ltd., Yvanex Developments Limited, McIntyre Mines Ltd. and Resource Associates of Alaska. Ian graduated in 1971 from King’s College, University of London with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and from the Royal School of Mines, University of London with a Master’s Degree in Geophysics in 1973. Ian has contributed directly to the discovery of several major mineral deposits including the Holloway Mine in Ontario and the Phoenix deposits at the Battle Mountain Complex in Nevada.


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. Mr. Connor earned his BS degree in Accounting from the University of Colorado. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Connor currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Zayo Group LLC, and the Alcohol Monitoring Systems, Inc. He is also a member of the Executive Board of the Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and the Chairman of its audit committee.

Mr. Connor is the Chair of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Human Resources and Compensation 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, and earlier to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Mr. Girard was a member of the Board of Directors of Gabriel Resources Ltd. from 2005 to 2010. Mr. Girard received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia.

Mr. Girard is Chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee and a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and the Human Resources and Compensation Committee.


Karybek Ibraev, Director, has extensive experience in the mining industry. Currently, Mr. Ibraev is a consultant with the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Secretariat in the Kyrgyz Republic. Mr. Ibraev is also a former executive director of the Kyrgyz Mining Association. Mr. Ibraev is a member of the Kyrgyz Mining Association and received degrees from the L'Ecole de Mine de Paris, and the Moscow Geological Exploration Institute. In accordance with the Restated Shareholders Agreement, Mr. Ibraev is independent from the Kyrgyz Government.

Mr. Ibraev is Co-Chair of the Reserves Committee and a member of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee and the Safety, Health and Environmental Committee.


John W. Lill, Director, has been appointed to Centerra's Board of Directors. Mr. Lill has more than 30 years experience in the mining industry in both operating and senior executive roles. Over Mr. Lill's career he has held leadership roles with overall responsibility, at various times, for more than twenty different major mines representing some of the world's largest and most efficient mining and processing operations. Most recently he served as President and CEO of FNX Mining Company of Toronto, Ontario. He has a B.Sc. (Hons) Mining Engineering degree from Queen's University and is a professional engineer registered with the Ontario Professional Engineers and APEGGA (Alberta).

Mr Lill is Co-Chair of the Reserves Committee and a member of the Safety, Health and Environment Committee, and the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee.


Amandgeldy Muraliev, Director, has extensive experience in politics, including being the Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic from 1999 to 2000, and later being a member and advisor to the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Kyrgyz Government. Currently, Mr. Muraliev is the First Vice Prime Minister of the Interim Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kyrgyzaltyn. Mr. Muraliev received degrees from the Academy of National Economy under the USSR Council of Ministers and the Frunze Polytechnic Institute.

Mr. Muraliev is a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and Safety, Health and Environment Committee.


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 1994-2000, 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 currently serves on the board of directors of ING Mutual Funds. She also serves on several advisory and not-for-profit boards.

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


Terry V. Rogers, Director, served as Senior Vice President of Cameco Corporation until his retirement in June 2007 and has more than 30 years experience in coal, gold, lignite and uranium mining operations. Prior to being appointed as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Cameco in 2003, he served as President of the Kumtor Operating Company in the Kyrgyz Republic. Preceding 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 Managing Director, Technical for MIBRA GmbH in Leipzig, Germany, a company producing lignite from three open cast mines and generating electricity at three coal fired power stations. Terry 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 US. Terry 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.

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


Kylychbek Shakirov, Director, currently serves as Deputy Chairman of Kyrgyzaltyn’s Management Board, Economics and Finance.  From May 2012 to February 2013, he served on the Board of Directors of Bakai Bank in the Kyrgyz Republic with responsibilities in areas of the bank’s strategic development, financial statements control, business planning and risk management.   As well, Mr. Shakirov served as the Financial Controller of Bosch Automotive Products (China) from January 2010 to July 2011 and an intern at Bosch (in China and Germany offices) from September 2009 to December 2009, and March 2009 to September 2009 respectively.  Prior to this, from 2002 to 2008, Mr. Shakirov was studying at the Eberhard Karls University in Germany, obtaining his MBA in Finance, Bank Management and Risk Management.  He started his working career in the Kyrgyz Republic National Bank, and further worked for commercial banks.  His first higher education is obtained in the Kyrgyz State University in Accounting and Analysis of Enterprise Performance program.

MANAGEMENT BIOGRAPHIES

 

Ian Atkinson, President and Chief Executive Officer

Ian Atkinson has over 30 years of experience in worldwide natural resource management. Ian joined Centerra Gold in 2005 as Vice President, Exploration, was promoted to Senior Vice President, Global Exploration in 2010 and was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in May of 2012. Prior to joining Centerra, Ian was Vice President Exploration & Strategy for Hecla Mining Company where he was responsible for directing exploration activities and managing the technical services and environmental groups. Prior to his time with Hecla Mining Company, Ian was Senior Vice President Operations & Exploration with Battle Mountain Gold in Houston and was Senior Vice President with Hemlo Gold Mines in Toronto. Mr. Atkinson joined the Noranda Group in 1979 and was involved in base and precious metal exploration in positions of increasing responsibility from offices across Canada. Before that Ian worked as a geologist and geophysicist for Falconbridge Nickel Mines Ltd., Yvanex Developments Limited, McIntyre Mines Ltd. and Resource Associates of Alaska.

Ian graduated in 1971 from King’s College, University of London with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and from the Royal School of Mines, University of London with a Master’s Degree in Geophysics in 1973. Ian has contributed directly to the discovery of several major mineral deposits including the Holloway Mine in Ontario and the Phoenix deposits at the Battle Mountain Complex in Nevada.


Jeffrey S. Parr, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Jeff has over 25 years of experience in the mining and service provider industries. Jeff joined Centerra in 2006 and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 2008.  From 1997 to 2006 he worked for Hatch Acres Inc. (formerly Acres Inc.), most recently as Chief Financial Officer and Director of Shared Services. From 1988 to 1997 Jeff held progressively senior financial positions at WMC International ultimately serving as the company's Executive Vice President. A subsidiary of WMC, WMC International was responsible for mining and exploration activities in the Americas. From 1985 to 1988 Jeff worked for NBS Limited as Corporate Controller. He joined Ernst and Whinney Chartered Accountants (currently KPMG) in 1982 where he worked as an Advanced Senior Auditor.

Jeff is a Chartered Accountant and received his Master of Business Administration degree from McMaster University in 1982 and a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the University of Western Ontario in 1979. He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Financial Executives International (FEI Canada) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. Jeff also served as Director and Vice Chair of the Oakville Economic Development Alliance (OEDA) and was a member of its Executive Committee. He has also been a member of the Board of the Mining Association of Canada.


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 State of Wisconsin, USA, and in the Province of Ontario, Canada.
 


Frank H. Herbert, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Frank has been the General Counsel of Centerra Gold Inc. since 2004. He is responsible for management of the company's legal issues, including those relating to Centerra's principal operating mines in Mongolia and the Kyrgyz Republic and exploration joint ventures in Russia and Turkey. Prior to joining Centerra he was in private practice as a partner with a major Canadian law firm, where he provided advice to clients on a variety of corporate, securities and commercial matters, especially in the natural resources sector. Frank 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).


Ronald Burk, Vice President, Exploration

Ron Burk has over 25 years of experience in international mineral exploration with a focus on gold and silver.  Ron joined Centerra Gold in March 2014 as Vice President, Exploration.  Prior to joining Centerra, Ron was the Vice President of Exploration at Silver Standard Resources Inc., and in this capacity oversaw the design and execution of the company’s exploration programs being conducted throughout Latin America.   He also supervised geological and resource estimation studies that were completed as part of technical reporting on the company’s Pirquitas silver-zinc mine in Argentina and the Pitarrilla silver-lead-zinc development project located in Durango, Mexico.  Prior to being promoted to Vice President at Silver Standard Resources, Ron held the position of Chief Geologist for eight years (2004-2012), contributing to the discovery of the Pitarrilla deposit as well as the growth and value enhancement of the Snowfield-Brucejack property in northern British Columbia which was acquired by Pretium Resources Ltd. in 2010.  From 1996 to 2004 Ron was a Senior Geologist at Teck Cominco Ltd., now Teck Resources Ltd.  In this position he evaluated gold mining opportunities on a global basis, making field examinations of exploration and mining projects in nine countries on three continents.   When Ron joined Teck in 1989 he worked as a Project Geologist out of North Bay, Ontario, where he generated and participated in a number of gold exploration projects in the Precambrian terranes of Ontario and Quebec.  

Ron is a Geological Engineer, having graduated in 1983 from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Geological Engineering degree.  He then earned his Masters of Engineering Science degree from Queen’s University in 1987.  In 1995 he earned a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toronto.  Ron is a member of Professional Engineers of Ontario and the Society of Economic Geologists.  He has co-authored published research papers on the La Pitarrilla polymetallic deposit in Mexico and on the Hemlo gold deposit in Ontario.

Anthony J. Meade, Vice President, Human Resources and Administration

Tony Meade has over 35 years of international experience in Human Resources management, strategic processes, compensation, pension benefits, expatriate and labour relations. Tony joined Centerra Gold in 2005 as Vice President, Human Resources, Kumtor Operating Company, Kyrgyzstan. Prior to joining Centerra, Tony was the International Benefits Manager of Gold Fields, South Africa, from 2004 to 2005. From 1999 to 2004, he was Vice President Human Resources at Kahama Mining (Barrick Gold), Tanzania. Tony directed development of HR policies, procedures and processes, lead Employee Training and Development, Community Relations and Sustainability. Between 1983 and 1999 Tony worked at Anglovaal Minerals, South Africa, progressing first as Head of Training, then as a HR Consultant and later as Human Resources Manager. Before that Tony worked at Godfrey Holmes (U.K.) as HR Manager from 1977 to 1983.

Tony graduated in 1973 from University of Wales with a Bachelor of Science Degree. In 1987 he received a Diploma in Labour Relations from the University of South Africa. Tony received his Masters Degree, Human Resources in 1995 from Wits Business School in South Africa.


Dennis C. Kwong, Vice President, Business Development

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.