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
João Kleber Cardoso
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Operating Officer
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.
General Manager, US Operations
General Manager, Almas Project - Brazil
Interim General Manager, Honduras Operations
General Manager, Ernesto Pau a Pique Operations - Brazil
General Manager, Mexico Operations
Kevin ShiellGeneral Manager, US Operations
Kevin is very familiar with the Gold Road mine having worked there in the beginning of his career. Apart from a long career in leadership roles, he has significant experience in long-term planning, environmental management, permitting, working with communities and external stakeholder management. Kevin is an expert narrow vein miner and a good leader
After a brief stint at Gold Road Mine in the early 90s, Kevin went on to serve as VP at the following mining companies: Hecla Nevada, Mojave and Stillwater Mining Company. He also served as General Manager of Klondex Gold & Silver, Dynatec Corporation, and Addwest Minerals.
João CalmonGeneral Manager, Almas Project - Brazil
Wilton MuricyInterim General Manager, Honduras Operations
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 interim General Manager position for Minosa Operations in Honduras.
Jorge CamargoGeneral Manager, Ernesto Pau a Pique Operations - Brazil
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.