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Management Team


Rodrigo Barbosa, President and Chief Executive Officer

President, Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Barbosa was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company on January 15, 2017. Mr. Barbosa joined the Company as its Chief Financial Officer in October 2016. Mr. Barbosa was previously the CEO of Tavex / Santista, a world-leading integrated manufacturer of denim with worldwide operations including Brazil, Europe and North America. 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. 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). Mr. Barbosa is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English.

Ludovico Costa , Special Advisor to the CEO

Mr. Costa joined the Company as a special advisor to the CEO in January 2017. Mr. Costa has over 35 years of extensive mining experience in both Brazilian and international companies including open pit and underground mining operations. In addition to several other senior management positions, Mr. Costa was the former COO of Yamana Gold Inc. Mr. Costa has a degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Sao Paulo and is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

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 Law Society of Upper Canada.

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

Mr. Cornejo joined Aura Minerals in April 2014. Mr. Cornejo brings close to 20 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. Mr. Cornejo is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese

Sergio Castanho, Vice 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.


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 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 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. Mr. Reed holds a bachelor´s degree in geology from the University of Colorado.

Jorge Camargo, General Manager, Brazil operations

Mr. Camargo joined Aura Minerals in January 2010. He brings to Aura over 28 years’ experience in base and precious metals. Mr. Camargo has extensive experience in exploration, mineral resource evaluation, mine development and mining operation including ore processing from carbon-in-leach (CIL), carbon-in-pulp (CIP) and heap leach operations. Mr. Camargo is focused on cost reduction and has extensive experience with ISO 18000-OHS Management System and ISO 14001-Environmental Management System. Mr. Camargo has held various senior positions in multinational mining companies in both South America and Central America.