Mr. Barbosa joined the Company in October 2016 and became the Company’s President and CEO in January 2017 and a director in May 2017. Mr. Barbosa was previously the CEO of Tavex / Santista, a world-leading integrated manufacturer of denim with worldwide operations including Brazil, Mexico and the US. During his tenure at Tavex / Santista, Mr. Barbosa led a successful strategic, finance, marketing and operations turnaround. Prior to Tavex / Santista, Mr. Barbosa was the CFO of the investment holding company of Camargo Correa Group, one of the largest conglomerates in Brazil and parent company of Tavex / Santista. As CFO he spearheaded M&A transactions totaling over USD$3.0 billion and structured and placed over USD$2.5 billion in debt. Mr. Barbosa has served as a board member of leading public infrastructure companies in Brazil and worked as an investment banker for BBA Creditanstalt inBrazil (now Itaú Bank). In North America, Mr. Barbosa has previously worked for Potash Corporation. Mr. Barbosa currently does not own any common shares of the Company and has no other public directorships. Mr. Barbosa has an MBA from the University of Southern California (USC) and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the Universidade Mackenzie (Sao Paulo, Brazil). He is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English.
Aura is a mid-tier gold and copper production company focused on the development and operation of gold and base metal projects in the Americas.
The Company’s producing assets include the San Andres gold mine in Honduras and the Ernesto/Pau-a-Pique gold mine in Brazil. The Company is conducting an exploration program at its Sao Francisco gold mine in Brazil to determine if a re-start of the mine is feasible. In addition, the Company has two additional gold projects in Brazil, Almas and Matupá, and one gold project in Colombia, Tolda Fria.
Aura Minerals is focused on responsible, sustainable growth and strives to operate to the highest environmental and safety standards and in a socially responsible manner at all of its operations.
Meet the team
President & CEO
VICE PRESIDENT, PEOPLE AND MANAGEMENT PROCESSES
João Kleber Cardoso
VICE PRESIDENT, FINANCE
Sergio CastanhoVICE PRESIDENT, PEOPLE AND MANAGEMENT PROCESSES
On January 8, 2018, Mr. Sergio Castanho joined the Company as VP People and Management Processes. Mr. Castanho is a Mechanical Engineer from Unicamp in Brazil, with an MBA from Insead in France. He is a former managing director of Anglo America’s Phosphates and Niobium businesses focusing on their transformation and value creation agenda. Mr. Castanho has worked for the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company in a number of countries leading operations and process improvement. Mr. Castanho has also worked for operations divisions of Procter & Gamble in Canada, USA and Brazil. For the last four years Sergio has led his own consulting firm that focuses on improving processes and growing companies across industries, including a railway, a copper mine in Chile and a large agribusiness powerhouse in Latin America. Mr. Castanho is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
João Kleber CardosoVICE PRESIDENT, FINANCE
Mr. Cardoso joined Aura in March 2019 in the position of Chief Financial Officer. Mr, Cardoso is an Economist from Unicamp in Brazil and has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, with majors in Finance, Strategy and International Business. Prior to joining Aura, Mr. Cardoso was the CFO of Santista, a large denim manufacturer with operations in Brazil and Argentina. Prior to Santista, Mr. Cardoso worked for Mover Participações, one of the largest conglomerates in Brazil, and was involved in M&A projects. Mr. Cardoso has also worked in the management consulting industry for A.T. Kearney and Accenture in a variety of industries and projects.
General Manager Interim, Honduras
General Manager, Brazil Operations
General Manager, Mexico Operations
Richmond FeenGeneral Manager Interim, Honduras
Mr. Fenn joined Aura Minerals on May 29, 2019 as General Manager for the San Andrés operation. He brings to Aura 39 years of base and precious metal experience. Mr. Fenn has extensive experience in mine engineering, mine development and valuation, maintenance and operations in North and South America, Africa and Papua New Guinea. Prior to joining Aura, Mr. Fenn was Executive General Manager for the Pueblo Viejo mine in the Dominican Republic, one of the world’s largest gold producing mines. Previously Mr. Fenn held positions of increasing responsibility for Freeport McMoRan, Glencore and Barrick Gold. Mr. Fenn holds a bachelor´s degree in mining engineering from the University of Arizona and is a registered professional engineer.
Monty ReedBusiness Development
Mr. Reed joined Aura Minerals in August of 2011 in the position of General Manager for the San Andrés operation. He guided San Andrés through several improvements and challenges until December 2018. He now is leading efforts to find new opportunities to help Aura grow. He brings to Aura over 40 years of exploration, geology, engineering, mine development, maintenance and operations experience in North and South America and Europe. Prior to joining Aura, Mr. Reed was General Manager for the Pitarrilla development project in Durango, Mexico for Silver Standard. Previously Mr. Reed held positions of increasing responsibility for Carbones de la Guajira in Venezuela, various sites for Placer Dome and was part of the mine start-up team for the highly-successful Gros Rosebel operation in Suriname for Cambior/IAMGOLD. Mr. Reed holds a bachelor´s degree in geology from the University of Colorado
Jorge CamargoGeneral Manager, Brazil Operations
Mr. Camargo joined Aura Minerals in January 2010 as General Manager for São Vicente and São Francisco operations. He brings to Aura over 30 years’ experience in base and precious metals. Mr. Camargo has held senior positions of increasing responsibility in multinational mining companies, including Companhia de Mineração e Participações (Brazil), American Resources Corp. (Canada), REA Gold Corp. (Canada), Crystallex Intl. Corp. (Canada), Uruguay Mineral Exploration (Uruguay) and Mineral Bonanza-Revemin (Venezuela). Mr. Camargo has extensive experience in exploration, mineral resource evaluation, mine development and mine operations, open pit and underground mines, as well as ore processing from CIL, CIP and gravimetry heap leach operations. Mr. Camargo holds a bachelor’s degree in Geology from the Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, Brazil.
Glauber LuvizottoGeneral Manager, Mexico Operations
Mr. Luvizotto joined Aura Minerals in April 2018. He has a strong technical expertise, especially in underground operations where he has most of his experience in the mining industry in the last 13 years. Prior to join Aura Minerals he worked as VP Operation at BrioGold Inc. and few other Managerial positions in companies as Yamana Gold Inc. and AngloGold Ashanti. Mr. Luvizotto is a Mine Engineer from Ouro Preto Federal University in Brazil and complemented his studies in Queen’s University – Smith School of Business Executive Program in Canada. His native language is Portuguese but he is fluent in Spanish and English.