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About Aura

Management Team


Jim Bannantine, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Bannantine joined Aura Minerals in October 2011. Prior to joining Aura Minerals, Mr. Bannantine served as CEO of Intercap Energy Systems, a provider of systems and software to electric utilities and large commercial, campus and government customers. From 2005 to early 2010, Mr. Bannantine was a partner in Atlantic Capital Group and served as Managing Partner of their private equity activities, responsible for origination, investment due diligence, negotiation of transactions, investment pricing and structuring and fund raising. Between 2001 and 2005, Mr. Bannantine founded Acumen Capital, LLC, a private equity firm. From 2001 through 2002 Mr. Bannantine led and then sold a start-up company, Dorsal Networks, to Corvis Corporation (NASDAQ: CORV). Corvis subsequently became Broadwing Corporation (NASDAQ: BWNG), a $900 million telecom company, where Mr. Bannantine served as President and Chief Operating Officer from 2003 through 2005. Mr. Bannantine worked with Enron Corporation for ten years, from 1990 to 2000, holding several top management positions, including six years in Brazil, most notably as Chief Executive Officer for Enron South America, the power and pipeline division of Enron with assets of $3.5 billion and 4,500 employees. Prior to Enron, Mr. Bannantine served in the United States Army as Contracting Officer for the Corp of Engineers in Honduras, and as an Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance at the US Military Academy. Mr. Bannantine received an MBA from the Wharton School with Distinction and is a West Point Distinguished Graduate. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and is board member of several private companies, organizations and charities.

Rory Taylor, CA (SA), Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Taylor joined Aura Minerals in March 2012 and has 15 years of mining experience. Prior to joining Aura Minerals, Mr. Taylor was Vice President, Finance, Mining Operations at Endeavour Mining Corporation for a year and prior thereto, he was Vice President, Finance at Crew Gold Corporation for 6 years. These companies owned and operated gold mines and various exploration properties in West Africa, Greenland and the Philippines and he was responsible for all aspects of financial management within the organizations. He has also held senior finance roles in companies in the telecommunications sector and in the assurance practices of Ernst and Young in Vancouver and South Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Cape Town and is a South African qualified Chartered Accountant.

Ryan Goodman, Vice President, Legal Affairs & Business Development

Mr. Goodman joined Aura Minerals in June 2012. Prior to joining Aura Minerals, Mr. Goodman practiced corporate and securities law with a Canadian national law firm representing mining companies in the Americas in connection with initial public offerings, private placement funding, takeovers and mergers, the acquisition and disposition of mineral properties and public company maintenance and compliance including corporate governance and public disclosure. Mr. Goodman is a graduate of the University of Manitoba and is a member of the Upper Canada and British Columbia Law Societies.

Fernando A. Cornejo P.Eng., M.Eng., Vice President, Projects

Mr. Cornejo joined Aura Minerals in April 2014. Mr. Cornejo brings 15 years of experience in the mining sector including operations, mineral processing and project management. Prior to joining Aura Minerals, Mr. Cornejo held executive and project management roles with Jacobs Engineering and the SGS Group in Canada, Mexico and Peru, as well as operational roles with Rio Tinto in Canada and BHP Billiton in his native, Peru.

Mr. Cornejo holds a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal, a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Nacional de San Agustin Peru, a Master Certificate in Project Management from York University and is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario.


Monty Reed, General Manager, San Andres Mine, Honduras

Mr. Reed joined Aura Minerals in August of 2011 as General Manager for the San Andrés operation. He brings to Aura 35 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 Pitarilla 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. Other senior management positions held recently include COO for Sargold Resources and President of Sardinia Gold Mines in Italy. Mr. Reed holds a bachelor´s degree in geology from the University of Colorado.

Jota Azevedo, General Manager, Sao Francisco Mine, Brazil

Mr. Jota Azevedo joined Aura in June 2010. Mr. Azevedo has over 20 years’ mining experience, including large scale mining operations and development projects with major multi-national companies. Mr. Azevedo is a Professional Metallurgical Engineer specializing in Process and also has extensive experience with mining operations and equipment. Mr. Azevedo is systems oriented and extremely strong in establishing and implementing Health, Safety and Environmental policies such as ISO 9001, 14001, OHSAS 18001 and NOSA. Mr. Azevedo has a degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Federal University of Ouro Preto (Brazil) and an MBA in Management Business by Fundação Dom Cabral (Brazil).