Directors & Management

 

DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHIES

 

Michael S. Parrett, Chair and Director, has been a director of Centerra since May 2014 and was appointed Chair in October 2019. Mr. Parrett is an independent consultant and corporate director and previously served on the board of directors of Stillwater Mining Company from 2009 to 2017. Prior to that, he served on the boards of Pengrowth Energy Corporation, from 2006 to 2016, Gabriel Resources Limited from 2003 to 2010 (including as Chairman from 2005 to 2010) and Fording Canadian Coal Trust from 2003 to 2008. Previously, Mr. Parrett served as Chief Executive Officer of Billiton Base Metals and was President and Chief Financial Officer of Rio Algom Limited and, prior to that, Chief Financial Officer of Falconbridge Limited. Mr. Parrett is a Chartered Professional Accountant and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from York University.

Mr. Parrett is a member of the Audit Committee, the Human Resources and Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance 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 President and 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 and the Human Resources and Compensation Committee.
 

Dushen Kasenov, Director, has over 27 years of experience in the mining sector. Since November 2015, he has been a member of the management committee of Kumtor Gold Company, representing Kyrgyzaltyn. From 2008 up to his retirement in 2017, Mr. Kasenov was a consultant, acting for various clients including Kazakhmys Projects LLC (based in Kazakhstan) and an independent expert for the Department of Construction Expertise of the State Agency for Architecture and Construction, and as a manager of special projects of Chaarat Operating Company GmbH and Andash Mining Company. From 1994 to 2007, Mr. Kasenov was employed at Kumtor Operating Company in a variety of departments, starting with being the manager, environment, and ending as the senior manager of health, safety and environment. Mr. Kasenov earned his P.Eng. from Frunze Polytechnic Institute, and a Ph.D. from Moscow Civil Engineering Institute.
 
Mr. Kasenov is a member of the Risk Committee and the Sustainable Operations Committee.

Maksat Kobonbaev, Director, has extensive experience in the mining industry, including having acted as Deputy General Director and Advisor to General Director for a subsidiary of the Australian gold developer Manas Resources from 2012-2018. Prior to that, he was the Director for Government Relations and Deputy Chairman of the Board of Talas Copper Gold LLC, a joint venture between Gold Fields Ltd and Orsu Metals. Mr. Kobonbaev also served as Chairman of the Mineral Resources Committee of International Business Council.
 
Mr. Kobonbaev has significant international consulting experience, in the position of Senior Evaluation Specialist for the Asian Development Bank and Public Sector Specialist for the World Bank Group in Washington DC.
 
Mr. Kobonbaev earned his Ph.D. in Political Science and Master of Public Policy Administration from University of Missouri-St. Louis and completed coursework in New Institutional Economics at Washington University in St. Louis, United States.
 
Mr. Kobonbaev is a member of the Risk Committee and the Sustainable Operations Committee.

Stephen A. Lang, Director, was appointed a director of Centerra in June 2008 and served as Chair from May 2012 to October 2019. Mr. Lang formerly served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Centerra and has over 40 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 until May 2012. 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 Master’s degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla. Mr. Lang currently serves on the Board of Directors of International Tower Hill Mines Ltd and Alio Gold Corp. Chair and Director, was a lecturer at Missouri University of Science and Technology from 2012 to 2014.

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


Askar Oskombaev, Director, is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kyrgyzaltyn where he has served since 2016. Prior to his current role, he served as an adviser to the Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic as head of the Prime Minister’s analytical support group in the areas of socio-economic development, economic development, budgetary and fiscal policy, public administration and mining. He has also served as an expert to various international agencies operating in the Kyrgyz Republic, including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE) and the World Bank. He has also previously served as the Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade of the Kyrgyz Republic from 2007 to 2008.
 
Mr. Oskombaev holds a Master of Political Science in Public Administration from Kobe University, Japan and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the American University in Kyrgyzstan.
 
Mr. Oskombaev is a member of the Risk Committee and the Sustainable Operations Committee.

Jacques Perron, Director has worked in the mining industry for more than 35 years and has extensive technical and operations experience. Mr. Perron was appointed as a director of Centerra in October 2016. He also currently serves on the boards of Victoria Gold Corp., Aquila Resources Inc. and TMAC Resources Inc. 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.

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

Susan L. Yurkovich, Director, is President and CEO of the BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI) where she advances the strategic interests of the BC forest industry, Canada’s largest lumber producing region. She also serves as President of the BC Lumber Trade Council representing the interests of the BC forest industry on trade matters, including the Canada-U.S. Softwood Lumber Agreement. Ms. Yurkovich has 24 years of experience working in B.C.’s resource sector. Prior to joining COFI, she was Executive Vice-President at BC Hydro responsible for the Site C Project, a $9-billion-dollar hydroelectric dam and generating station on the Peace River in Northeast BC. She led the project through the development phase including engineering design, environmental assessment and regulatory review and permitting. Prior to joining BC Hydro, Ms. Yurkovich spent 12 years working in the forest sector including 10 years with Canfor Corporation where she was Vice-President of Corporate Affairs. She is currently a Governor of the Business Council of BC and a Director of Vancouver College. She is a past Governor of the University of British Columbia and Director of VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, Pharmasave Drugs (National), Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and the Vancouver Board of Trade.
 
Ms. Yurkovich holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master's of Business Administration from the University of British Columbia, a diploma in international business from Erasmus University, Netherlands and the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
 
Ms. Yurkovich is Chair of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee, and a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and the Sustainable Operations Committee.


MANAGEMENT BIOGRAPHIES

 

Scott G. Perry, President and Chief Executive Officer

Scott has over 20 years’ experience in the mining industry. Scott joined Centerra in November 2015 as Chief Executive Officer and in January 2018 took on the added title of President. 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.

 

 

 

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.


Yousef Rehman, Vice President and General Counsel

Yousef joined Centerra in 2013 as Senior Legal Counsel and was promoted to Vice President and General Counsel in January 2018. He is responsible for management of the company's global legal affairs and, since joining Centerra, he has been involved in all of the Company’s significant strategic initiatives. Prior to joining Centerra, Yousef worked as in-house legal counsel at a Canadian transportation company and, prior to that, practiced law at Stikeman Elliott LLP, where he worked in the areas of corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions, especially in the natural resources sector.

Yousef received his J.D. from University of Toronto in 2006 and his B.Comm from the University of Toronto in 2003 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2007.