Peter Marrone; Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mr. Marrone founded Yamana as President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2003
and was appointed Chairman of Yamana in May 2007. Mr. Marrone has more than 25 years
of business and capital markets experience and has been on the boards of a number
of public companies and advised companies with a strong South American presence.
Mr. Marrone holds a Bachelor of Laws degree.
Cristiano Melcher; President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Melcher is an experienced senior executive in the resource, fertilizer and chemical sectors,
primarily in Brazil. Prior to joining MBAC, Mr. Melcher was the Chief Executive Officer of Fosbrasil,
the leading purified phosphoric acid producer in South America. Mr. Melcher had a long and successful
career with the Anglo American PLC (“Anglo”) organization where he was Executive Director and board member
of Copebras, a leading Brazilian phosphate fertilizer producer owned by Anglo. Mr. Melcher also held a
number of other positions within the Anglo organization including Head of Marketing, Strategy, Business
Development and Asset Optimization for Phosphates, Nickel and Niobium, Head of the Phosphate and Niobium
Business Unit and Vice President Corporate Finance. Mr. Melcher is also a board member of industry sector
associations including SINPRIFERT (Association of Fertilizer Producing Companies) and ABIQUIM (Association
of the Brazilian Chemical Industry). Mr. Melcher graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering from the
Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo and obtained his MBA from INSEAD, France.
Antenor Silva Jr.; Founder and Director
Mr. Silva retired as CEO of MBAC Fertilizer Corp after almost five years. Mr Silva is
also a founder of MBAC and as the CEO, was responsible for the development of Itafós from a
natural rock phosphate producer into a world class Single Super Phosphate producer. Prior
to MBAC, Mr. Silva had a very successful career at Yamana, where he was President and Chief
Operating Officer. Mr. Silva has more than 45 years of experience in the mining and chemical
industries, having worked in various roles including executive management, operations, research
and development, engineering and construction. He is known as one of the pioneers in research and
development for metallurgy and engineering for mining projects in Brazil. Mr. Silva also helped
to develop an innovative metallurgical process that permitted the concentration of lower grade
phosphate rock into a high grade concentrate. This process has led to the highly profitable
development and growth of phosphate fertilizer production in Brazil. Mr. Silva holds a B.Sc. in
Mining Engineering from Universidade de Sao Paulo.
Leonardo Marques da Silva, B.Sc; Director
Mr. da Silva has extensive experience in agriculture, fertilizers, sales and distribution.
Mr. da Silva acquired and was responsible for the exploration and development of
Itafós in 2003. Prior to joining Itafós, he was a partner and director of a medium-sized
soft drink manufacturer with five plants in central and north-eastern Brazil. Prior
to that, Mr. da Silva was a partner and CEO of a sand and stone producer for civil
construction with headquarter in Brasilia DF.
Alexander Davidson; Director
Mr. Davidson recently retired as the Executive Vice President Exploration and Corporate
Development of Barrick Gold Corporation. A geologist with over 25 years of worldwide
exploration experience, his outstanding accomplishments was recognized in his receiving
the A.O. Dufresne Award in 2005 and being named Prospector of the Year in 2003.
Denis Arsenault, CA; Director
Mr. Arsenault was the Chief Financial Officer of Central Sun Mining Inc. (formerly
Glencairn Gold Corporation) until March 26, 2009. Prior thereto, from 2001 to 2006,
he was Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Orbus Pharma Inc.
Mr. Arsenault has held senior financial positions in a range of sectors, including
mining and resources, communications, truck trailer manufacturing and life sciences.
He began his career with KPMG in 1981, later joining Maclean Hunter Ltd.’s Key Radio
Limited. In 1985, he founded Wasserman Arsenault, Chartered Accountants, and in
1995 became Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer for Mond Industries
(Trailmobile Canada Ltd.). Mr. Arsenault holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University
of Toronto. Mr. Arsenault is a Chartered Accountant with more than 27 years experience
and has been a director of a variety of public and private companies and has sat
on the Audit Committee of most of these companies. As a result, he has gained an
understanding of accounting principles and the ability to analyze and evaluate the
financial statements of the Resulting Issuer.
Hon. David R. Peterson; Director
Mr. Peterson is a director of a number of public and private companies including
Rogers Communications Inc., Franco-Nevada Corporation and Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation
and was the Founding Chairman of the Toronto Raptors Basketball Club Inc. and Chapters
Inc. Mr. Peterson is or was a director or active with a number of charitable, educational
and environmental organizations including Chancellor of the University of Toronto,
a director of St. Michael’s Hospital and the Shaw Festival, was Chairman of the
successful Toronto Bid for 2015 Pan Am Games, Honorary Chairman of the Ontario March
of Dimes, the Ontario Canada Day Committee, Canadian Club, Cercle Canadien, Council
for Canadian Unity, Young President’s Organization, World President’s Organization,
the Society for Educational Visits & Exchanges in Canada, Frontier College, Peter
Lougheed Medical Research Foundation, Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, Magnetic True
North Theatre, West Park Health Centre and Toronto Abuse Centre as well as being
on the Advisory Board of the Coady International Institute and the Steering Committee
of the Toronto City Summit Alliance.
Brian Hayward; Director
Mr. Hayward is an experienced senior executive, recognized within the business community
and agricultural industry for driving large scale financial and cultural change.
He has extensive experience in and knowledge of commodities and corporate finance.
From 1991 to 2007, Brian was the CEO of Agricore United and its predecessor firm
United Grain Growers. Agricore United was one of Canada’s largest agribusiness firms,
with operations in grain merchandising, retail crop inputs and fertilizer, and agricultural
financial services. He is the founder and President of Aldare Resources, through
which Brian has been active in providing a range of services including providing
directorship services and related expertise to public companies, private companies,
crown corporations, advisory boards, and not-for-profit organizations. He has acted
as Chairman of the Board and served as a member of the Audit Committee, Human Resources
Committee, Governance Committee and other Special Committees of various public and
David Nierenberg; Director
Mr. Nierenberg is the founder of The D3 Family Funds. He is a summa cum laude graduate
of Yale College and a graduate of Yale Law School. He brings several complementary
disciplines: lawyer, strategic management consultant, corporate director, asset allocator, and
venture capitalist. David worked seven years at Bain & Company, a large consulting firm, where
he was a partner. He has been a full time investor for 27 years, 10 as a venture capitalist, principally
with Trinity Ventures, and 17 at D3. Currently, he serves on the Washington State Investment Board,
which oversees public employee retirement funds; chairs the board investment committee for Whitman
College; and serves on the boards of Electro Scientific Industries (ESIO) and RadiSys Corporation (RSYS),
which are D3 portfolio companies. From 2008 – 2012 he chaired the advisory board of the Millstein
Center for Corporate Governance and Performance at the Yale School of Management.