Directors and Management
The B2Gold management team possess over 100 years of collective industry experience at Bema alone, and has been very successful from exploration, to financing, to developing and operating mines throughout the world. Over the course of Bema’s 25 year history, the Company raised approximately Cdn$750 million in equity and Cdn$782 million in project debt financings, discovered 32.7 million ounces gold, 6 billion pounds copper and 56.3 million ounces silver and created thousands of jobs worldwide. In February 2007, Bema and Kinross Gold Corporation completed a plan of arrangement whereby Kinross purchased all of the outstanding shares of Bema, valuing Bema at over Cdn$3.5 billion
Clive T. Johnson – President, Chief Executive Officer & Director
Clive Johnson was involved with Bema and its predecessor companies since 1977. When Bema was created by the amalgamation of three Bema group companies in 1988, Mr. Johnson was appointed the President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Johnson was instrumental in Bema’s transition from a junior exploration company to an international intermediate gold producer. Mr. Johnson oversees the long-term strategy and development as well as the day-to-day activities of B2Gold.
Roger Richer – Secretary, Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Roger Richer has 25 years experience in mining law, corporate finance and international business transactions and practices. He has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Victoria. Mr. Richer was with Bema since its inception in 1987. Until June 2008, Mr. Richer had also served as the President of Consolidated Puma Minerals Corp., a TSX-V listed company. Mr. Richer manages the legal affairs, corporate records and corporate governance of B2Gold.
Mark Corra – Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Mark Corra has over 30 years mining experience. Mr. Corra is a Certified Management Accountant, with a diploma in financial management from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Mr. Corra was with Bema since 1990, initially as Controller and subsequently as Vice President of Finance. Prior to Bema, Mr. Corra spent 11 years in accounting at Placer Dome. Mr. Corra oversees the financial reporting, cash management, tax planning and financial compliance and reporting to the regulatory authorities. Mr. Corra is also involved in the financial evaluation of potential acquisitions.
Tom Garagan – Senior Vice President of Exploration
Tom Garagan is a geologist with over 32 years of experience. Mr. Garagan was with Bema since 1991 and was appointed Vice President of Exploration in 1996. He has worked in North and South America, East and West Africa and Russia. Mr. Garagan was instrumental in several discoveries, including the Cerro Casale and Kupol deposits. Mr. Garagan has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in geology from the University of Ottawa. Mr. Garagan is responsible for all aspects of B2Gold’s exploration, including technical review of new acquisitions.
Dennis Stansbury – Senior Vice President of Production and Development
Dennis Stansbury is a mining engineer with over 35 years of engineering, construction, production and management experience at surface and underground mines in eight different countries. After working for a number of gold mining companies in South America and the United States, he joined Bema as Vice President South America in 1994 and was appointed Vice President of Development and Production in 1996.
George Johnson – Senior Vice President of Operations
George Johnson is a mining engineer with over 35 years of experience in underground and open pit mine construction and operations management. He joined Bema in 1999 after 16 years with Hecla Mining Company and following the takeover of Bema by Kinross, Mr. Johnson managed the construction and completion of the of the Kupol mine in Northeastern Russia. Mr. Johnson has a degree in mining engineering from the University of Washington. Mr. Johnson is responsible for overseeing all of the development and production activities of B2Gold.
Ian MacLean – Vice President of Investor Relations
Ian MacLean began his Investor Relations career in 1996 with Nevsun Resources. In 2001 Mr. MacLean joined Bema as the Manager of Investor Relations and was appointed Vice President Investor Relations in 2006. Mr. MacLean has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.
Bill Lytle – Vice President, Country Manager Namibia
Bill Lytle has had more than 15 years experience specializing in providing operational health, safety, environmental, and social assistance during all phases of the mining cycle as well as extensive experience working with international lending institutes such as the IFC. Bill has been involved as a consultant to B2Gold and previously a full time employee of Bema Gold Corp. (“Bema”), notably working on the permitting and development of the Julietta and Kupol projects in Russia for Bema. He has a B. Sc in Chemical Engineering, M. Sc. in Civil Engineering, and is a registered professional engineer (Colorado, USA).
Dale Craig - Vice President, Operations
Dale Craig has been involved in the mining industry for more than thirty years, and has worked in a variety of mine operations including lead/zinc/copper, coal and gold. Dale is responsible for operations in Nicaragua and the Masbate operation in the Philippines. Over the last twelve years he has participated in development and operation of gold mines in Northern British Colombia, Guyana, Mongolia, Peru and Nicaragua. Dale has been associated with B2Gold since 2009, initially as General Manager for the La Libertad Mine. In 2010 he was appointed Country Manager for B2Gold in Nicaragua. He has a BSC (Mining Engineering) from Michigan Technological University, BSc (Biology) from University of Toronto, and is a graduate of Haileybury School of Mines. Dale is a registered professional engineer in Alberta, Canada (APEGGA) and in Peru (IIMP).
Robert Cross – Chairman
Robert Cross has more than 20 years of experience as a financier in the mining and oil & gas sectors. He is a cofounder and Non-Executive Chairman of Bankers Petroleum Ltd., co-founder and Chairman of Petrodorado Energy Ltd., and until October 2007, was the Non-Executive Chairman of Northern Orion Resources Inc. Between 1996 and 1998, Mr. Cross was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yorkton Securities Inc. From 1987 to 1994, he was a Partner, Investment Banking with Gordon Capital Corporation in Toronto. Mr. Cross has an Engineering Degree from the University of Waterloo and received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1987.
Robert Gayton is a Chartered Accountant and has acted as a consultant to various public companies since 1987. He was Chief Financial Officer with Western Silver Corporation from 1995 to 2004 and was a director of Western Silver Corporation from 2004 to 2006 and a director of Bema from 2003 to 2007. He was a director of Northern Orion Resources Inc. from 2004 to 2007. Each of these companies was subsequently acquired by way of takeover. Mr. Gayton is currently a director of Nevsun Resources Ltd., Amerigo Resources Limited, Palo Duro Energy Inc., Western Copper Corporation, Silvercorp Metals Inc., Trans National Minerals Inc. and Eastern Platinum Ltd.
Jerry Korpan is based in London, England. He was Managing Director of Yorkton Securities UK until 1999 and a director of Bema from 2002 to 2007 and was the Executive Director of Emergis Capital S.A., a company operating out of Antwerp, Belgium until 2011. Mr. Korpan is currently a director of Mitra Energy Limited, an independent oil company operating in South East Asia, and Midas Gold Corporation.
Dr. Barry Rayment is a mining geologist with 35 years experience in base and precious metal exploration and development. Dr. Rayment obtained his Ph.D. in Mining Geology at the Royal School of Mines, London. He is the former President of Bema from 1990 to 1993 and a director of Bema from 1988 to 2007. Dr. Rayment was the President of Mining Assets Corporation, a private company, which provided consulting services to the mining industry between 1993 and 2010. He is currently a mining industry consultant based in Laguna Beach, California. Dr. Rayment is currently a director of Golden Predator Corp.
John Ivany retired from Kinross in 2006 having served as Executive Vice President since 1995. Prior to this, Mr. Ivany held executive positions with several resource companies including Noranda Inc., Hemlo Gold Mines Ltd., Prime Resources Corp. and International Corona Corporation. He is currently a director of Allied Nevada Gold Corp. and Eurogas International Inc. and an advisor to Canaccord Genuity Corp.
Bongani Mtshisi is a Mining Engineer by training with more than 12 years of experience working in key commodity sectors such as platinum, gold, diamond, nickel and copper (Anglo Platinum, Debeers/HUF joint venture and Sub Nigel Gold). Mr. Mtshisi is currently the CEO of BSC Resources Ltd. (“BSC”), a company that is involved in the exploration and development of copper and nickel commodities in South Africa. Mr. Mtshisi was also a founding member of Auryx, a leader in Namibian gold exploration and development, focused on generating shareholder value through the acquisition, discovery, growth, and development of gold resources. Mr. Mtshisi has a National diploma in Metalliferous Mining and a National Certificate in Project Management from The Technikon Witwatersrand in South Africa.
Mr. Michael Joseph Carrick joined B2Gold’s Board of Directors in 2013. He is Non-Executive Non – Independent Director of RTG Mining Inc. Mr. Carrick, since January 2004, served as CEO and a Director of CGA until the merger with B2Gold in January 2013. Mr. Carrick was previously Executive Chairman of AGR Limited, the entity which owned and developed the Boroo Gold Project in Mongolia, and Chief Executive Officer of Resolute Limited (“Resolute”). Mr. Carrick holds a Bachelor of Accounting Degree and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Australia.