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 also in Brazil (now Itaú Bank). In North America, Mr. Barbosa has previously worked for Potash Corporation. 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, Aranzazu gold, silver and copper mine in Mexico 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
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Head of People and ESG
Kleber CardosoChief Financial Officer
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.
Glauber LuvizottoChief Operating Officer
Mr. Luvizotto joined Aura Minerals in April 2018. He has a strong technical expertise, particularly in underground operations where he has most of his 13 years of experience in the mining industry. Prior to joining Aura Minerals he worked as VP of Operations for BrioGold Inc. and a held managerial positions with 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.
Paula GerberHead of People and ESG
Paula joined Aura in April 2021 in the position of Head of People and ESG. She studied Business Administration at Fundacao Armando Alvares Penteado – FAAP, and Human Resources Management at Cornell University. Prior to joining Aura, Paula worked in companies such as Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Braskem and Odebrecht. Countries she has lived are Brazil, Libya, United Arab Emirates, and USA since 2013. She is fluent in Portuguese, English, and Spanish.
Operation Director for Community, Institutional and Legal Relations, Minosa Project - Honduras
Operation Director, Minosa Project- Honduras
Operation Director, Aranzazu Project - Mexico
Operation Director, Apoena Project - Brazil
Operation Director, Almas Project - Brazil
Sofia AguilarOperation Director for Community, Institutional and Legal Relations, Minosa Project - Honduras
Ms. Sofía Aguilar Fortín is a Commercial-oriented Lawyer graduated from the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH), with a Master’s Degree in Corporate Business Law from the Central American Technological University (UNITEC). She has worked in the Mining Industry for more than 13 years in the San Andrés Mine project, Honduras (MINOSA), serving in various positions including Legal and Institutional Relations Officer and Manager of Corporate and Legal Affairs. Among her responsibilities are everything concerning communities, social projection, communications, institutional relations and legal matters of MINOSA. She recently assumed the position of General Manager of Community, Institutional and Legal Relations.
Wilton MuricyOperation Director, Minosa Project- Honduras
Mr. Wilton Muricy is a Civil Engineer from Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto, with an MBA in Project Management from Fundação Getúlio Vargas. He has been working in the Mining Industry for over 16 years, both in projects and operations. As a service provider, he worked for companies such as Kinross and Votorantim Metais (now Nexa). Mr. Muricy has also acted in different management positions at Yamana Gold during 10 years. He has been with Aura Minerals since June 2018, where he joined as Senior Project Manager, having worked on the restart of Aranzazu in Mexico and supporting Sustaining Projects for Apoena in Brazil, and Minosa in Honduras. Amongst his responsibilities are the engineering, technical-economic feasibility studies for the Greenfield Projects Almas and Matupá. He recently assumed the General Manager position for Minosa Operations in Honduras.
Henrique RodriguesOperation Director, Aranzazu Project - Mexico
Mr. Rodrigues is a professional with more than 15 years of experience in mining industry. Joined Aura in December, 2018 as Plant Manager and has been responsible for all Aranzazu industrial operation, leading the ramp up of the Plant to its full capacity and the increase of gold and copper recovery to feasibility study levels. Prior to joining Aura, Mr. Rodrigues has worked as General Manager at mine of Pilar, part of BrioGold Inc. and held managerial positions at Yamana Gold Inc. and AngloGold Ashanti.
Mr. Rodrigues is a Metallurgical Engineer from the Ouro Preto Federal University with complementary studies in Fundacao Dom Cabral.
Frederico SilvaOperation Director, Apoena Project - Brazil
Frederico Silva is a professional with over 15 years of experience in mining, having worked in the areas of mine operation and infrastructure, in both underground and open pit. Experienced working with large corporations such as Samarco, Nexa and AngloGold Ashanti, Fred holds a degree in Production Engineering from UNIPAC, with a specialization in underground excavations, and holds an MBA degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. As a leader, Fred seeks foster a collaborative environment with delegation of decision-making and empowerment of teams, bringing the best of our people.
Andréia NunesOperation Director, Almas Project - Brazil
Andréia Nunes holds a degree in Mining Engineer from UFMG, a Master’s degree in Mineral Engineering from USP and an MBA in Industrial Management from FGV. Executive with solid experience in strategic positions of management and operations, having worked in chemical and agribusiness companies (Fosfértil and Yara), mining and metallurgy (Votorantim, Vale, Yamana) and services for heavy industry (Orica). As a leader, Andréia values unity and teamwork, being highly committed to delivery, seeking to discover opportunities and solve business challenges, looking to the future and committing to organizational prosperity.