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 Operations and Sustainability 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 Operations and Sustainability Committee.
 

Ian Atkinson, Director, President and Chief Executive Officer

Ian Atkinson has 40 years of experience in international mining and exploration. Mr. Atkinson joined Centerra in 2005 as Vice-President Exploration, was promoted as Senior Vice-President, Global Exploration in 2010 and was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in May of 2012. Prior to joining Centerra, he served as Vice-President Exploration & Strategy of Hecla Mining Company in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho from 2004 to 2005. Between 2001 and 2004, Mr. Atkinson held an independent management consultant role for a number of companies including, BHP Billiton, Hecla Mining Company and Atikwa Minerals Ltd. Prior to this, he was employed with Battle Mountain Gold Company first as Senior Vice-President, Exploration from 1996 to 1999 and then Senior Vice-President, Operations & Exploration between 1999 and 2001. From 1991 to 1996, he served as Senior Vice-President of Hemlo Gold Mines, Inc. in Toronto, Ontario. From 1979 to 1991, he held various positions with Noranda Exploration Company, Limited, including Assistant Regional Manager in Ontario and northwest Quebec. Mr. Atkinson graduated from King’s College, University of London with a Bachelor of Science degree in geology and a Masters degree in geophysics from the Royal School of Mines, University of London.
 

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 Operations and Sustainability Committee.
 

Emil Orozbaev, Director, is currently Vice President, Administrative Director at Kyrgyztelecom OJSC and a partner with B&C Law Office Ltd.  From 2006 to 2013, he served as a legal expert on the EU project entitled “Support to the National Coordinating Units in Kyrgyzstan” and from 2010 to 2012, he served as Vice-Chairman on legal issues with Zalkar Bank OJSC.  Prior to that, Mr. Orozbaev was the Head of Expert Service for the Central Agency of the Kyrgyz Republic for Development, Investment and Innovation (CADII) from 2009 to 2010 and from 2006 to 2012 he served as legal adviser and public administration expert for various projects conducted by the European Union, United Nations and other international public bodies.  Mr. Orozbaev also previously taught law at various universities in the Kyrgyz Republic.  He obtained his law degree from the Kyrgyz State National University and a Master of Public Administration degree from the Academy of Management under the President of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Mr. Orozbaev is a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and Operations and Sustainability 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 Human Resources and Compensation Committee and the Risk 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 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 Audit Committee and the Operations and Sustainability Committee.
 

Kalinur Sadyrov, Director, is currently an Associate Professor in the Metallurgy and Metallurgical Process Department of the Institute of Mining and Mining Technologies of the Kyrgyz State Technical University as well as the Expert of the Secretariat for the Consulting Board carrying out consultations and negotiations with the Corporation on the Kumtor Project.  Prior to that, from 2006 to 2013, Mr. Sadyrov served as the National Consultant and Project Coordinator for the World Bank project on Reducing Technical Barriers for Entrepreneurship and Trade.  He has also served on the board of directors of Kyrgyzaltyn OJSC from 2010 to 2011 and on the board of directors of Jerooyaltyn from 2010 to 2011.   Mr. Sadyrov also previously served as a professor at various other universities in the Kyrgyz Republic and has been a visiting professor at universities in Japan and the United States.  He obtained a PhD in Welding Engineering from the Bauman Moscow State Technical University in 1988.

Mr. Sadyrov is a member of the Operations and Sustainability Committee.
 

Kylychbek Shakirov, Director, formerly served 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 the areas of strategic development, financial statements control, business planning and risk management.   Mr. Shakirov also served as the Financial Controller of Bosch Automotive Products (China) from January 2010 to July 2011 and an intern at Bosch in the China and Germany offices from September 2009 to December 2009, and March 2009 to September 2009 respectively.  His first professional experience was with the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic in the department of accounting and control. Mr. Shakirov obtained an MBA in Finance, Bank Management and Risk Management from Eberhard Karls University in Germany in 2008 and prior to that studied Accounting and Analysis of Enterprise Performance at the Kyrgyz State University.
 
Mr. Shakirov is a member of the Risk Committee.

MANAGEMENT BIOGRAPHIES

 

Ian Atkinson, Director, President and Chief Executive Officer

 
Ian Atkinson has 40 years of experience in international mining and exploration. Mr. Atkinson joined Centerra in 2005 as Vice-President Exploration, was promoted as Senior Vice-President, Global Exploration in 2010 and was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in May of 2012. Prior to joining Centerra, he served as Vice-President Exploration & Strategy of Hecla Mining Company in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho from 2004 to 2005. Between 2001 and 2004, Mr. Atkinson held an independent management consultant role for a number of companies including, BHP Billiton, Hecla Mining Company and Atikwa Minerals Ltd. Prior to this, he was employed with Battle Mountain Gold Company first as Senior Vice-President, Exploration from 1996 to 1999 and then Senior Vice-President, Operations & Exploration between 1999 and 2001. From 1991 to 1996, he served as Senior Vice-President of Hemlo Gold Mines, Inc. in Toronto, Ontario. From 1979 to 1991, he held various positions with Noranda Exploration Company, Limited, including Assistant Regional Manager in Ontario and northwest Quebec. Mr. Atkinson graduated from King’s College, University of London with a Bachelor of Science degree in geology and a Masters degree in geophysics from the Royal School of Mines, University of London.
 

Jeffrey S. Parr, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Jeff has over 28 years of experience in the mining and service provider industries.  Jeff joined Centerra in 2006 and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2008.  From 1997 to 2006 he worked for Acres International as Chief Financial Officer.  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.

Jeff is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA 1984) and received his Master of Business Administration degree from McMaster University in 1982 and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Western Ontario in 1979. He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants, Financial Executives International (FEI Canada) and the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. Jeff also served as Director and Vice Chair of the Oakville Economic Development Alliance from 2002 to 2007 and was a member of its Executive Committee. He has also been a member of the Board of Directors 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.