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.
Clive T. Johnson President, Chief Executive Officer & Director
Clive Johnson has served as a Director and the President of B2Gold since December 2006 and Chief Executive Officer since March 2007. Mr. Johnson oversees our long-term strategy and development as well as the day-to-day activities of B2Gold. Previously, Mr. Johnson was involved with Bema Gold and its predecessor companies since 1977. Mr. Johnson was appointed the President and Chief Executive Officer of Bema after it was created by the amalgamation of three Bema group companies in 1988. He was a driving force in Bema’s transition from a junior exploration company to an international intermediate gold producer. Mr. Johnson is currently a director of Uracan Resources Ltd. In 2004 Mr. Johnson received the 2004 Viola MacMillan Developer’s Award from the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada and in 2013 he received the Pacific Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Mining and Metals.
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.
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.
Kevin Bullock is a registered Professional Mining Engineer in the province of Ontario. Kevin was Volta Resources Inc.’s President and CEO and was the founding President and CEO of Goldcrest (a Volta predecessor company) since its inception in 2002. Kevin was instrumental in the growth of Volta from a shell company through to the ultimate sale of the company to B2Gold at the end of 2013. Kevin has over 25 years of experience, at senior levels, in mining exploration, mine development and mine operations. Throughout his career, Kevin has been involved in projects from inception through exploration to development and production.
George Johnson served as B2Gold’s Senior Vice President of Operations from August 2009 until April 2015 when he retired. Mr. Johnson was responsible for overseeing all of the operational activities of B2Gold. Mr. Johnson is a mining engineer with over 35 years of experience in underground and open pit mine construction and operations management. Mr. Johnson joined Bema Gold Corporation in 1999 after 16 years with Hecla Mining Company. Following the merger of Bema Gold Corporation and Kinross Gold Corporation, he managed the construction and completion of the Kupol mine in Northeastern Russia. Mr. Johnson has a Bachelor of Science degree in mining engineering from the University of Washington.