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 Transformation Officer
João Kleber Cardoso
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Sergio CastanhoChief Transformation Officer
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 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.
Julio Cesar Beraun
General Manager, Honduras Operations
General Manager, Brazil Operations
General Manager, Mexico Operations
Julio Cesar BeraunGeneral Manager, Honduras Operations
Mr. Beraún is an industry professional with more than 17 years of experience in open pit mining, underground, quarry and explosives industry management. He has successfully led the engineering and implementation of innovation projects for the optimization of mining processes, such as continuous improvement. Prior to joining Aura, he was Operations Manager for the Cerro de Pasco and Oxides de Pasco – Glencore Mining Unit, previously holding positions of increasing responsibility at Nyrstar, Exsa and Volcan. Mr. Beraun is a Mining Engineer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and has a diploma from PMI and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from the PUCP Institute for Quality, and he also graduated from the Master’s in Strategic Business Management at Centrum Católica
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.
Henrique RodriguesGeneral Manager, Mexico Operations
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.