Directors and Management Profiles

  • Board of Directors

    • Gerardo Perez Delgado

      Executive Chairman

      Mr. Gerardo Perez is an attorney at law and serves as the Legal Director at KVL Consult Latam S.A.C., a firm that specializes in providing advice to infrastructure and EPC projects in Latin America. Mr. Perez has recently been involved with the tender process of a multipurpose port terminal in Trujillo, the Third and Fourth Line of the Lima and Callao Metro, both in Peru, and the Second Line of the Bogota Metro, in Colombia. Mr. Perez has extensive experience in management, including administrative and regulatory matters, and his areas of expertise include administrative law, regulation, infrastructure, and concessions. Before joining Minera IRL, Mr. Perez spent six years as the General Manager of Peru’s National Port Authority, where he was responsible for the planning, organization, direction, and management of this institution. He is highly experienced in corporate and financial matters and demonstrates a sound business relationship strategy.

    • Diego Benavides Norlander

      CEO and Director

      Mr. Diego Benavides is a founding executive of Minera IRL and has been involved full-time with the Company since its incorporation in 2002, and continues to be instrumental in the development of Minera’s wider profile. He is a lawyer by profession, with a graduate degree in corporate leadership and business administration. Mr. Benavides has more than 30 years of experience within the Peruvian mining sector and has served as Director and General Manager of the Peruvian subsidiaries of companies such as Newcrest Mining Ltd., Mount Isa Mines Ltd., and Renison Goldfields Consolidated Ltd. He is one of the pioneers of Peruvian social conflict management, and as a direct result of his contributions, was appointed an Honorary Member of the Community of Ollachea in 2007, a unique honor. More recently, he was recognized by the Peruvian Congress to mark the occasion of the Bicentennial of the Independence of Peru and was honored with an award of recognition for his contributions to the economic and social development of the Puno region. In addition to this recognition, the Chairman of the Board of Puno’s Regional Government also granted an award for his contribution to the development of the Puno region, which is home to the Ollachea Gold Project.

    • Michael Iannacone

      Independent Director

      Mr. Michael Iannacone has been a Director of the Company since 2016 and is the Chief Financial Officer of Adventus Realty Services Inc., a Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust, responsible for its financial reporting and administrative functions. Previously, Michael served as Chief Financial Officer of various public companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), the TSX-Venture Exchange and the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1980 whilst employed by Coopers & Lybrand (a predecessor firm to Price Waterhouse Cooper) and has broad experience providing advice to companies in the industrial and resource sectors.

    • Jesus Armando Lema Hanke

      Independent Director

      Mr. Jesus Lema was appointed a Director of the Company in 2017. Mr. Lema is a corporate lawyer with over 25 years of experience who specializes in international economics, stock markets and foreign investment. He is a partner, as well as the Head of the Corporate Department at the law firm Thorne, Echeandia & Lema Abogados. Mr. Lema provides legal representation for multiple companies within Peru and specializes in providing advise related to the corporate strategy required for internationalization.

    • Santiago Valverde Espinoza

      Independent Director

      Mr. Santiago Valverde is a metallurgical engineer with over 30 years of experience in mining. He is a former President of the Peruvian Engineering College of Metallurgists. Mr. Valverde is a well-known and respected speaker on the topic of monitoring and environmental risk and is also the Head Professor of the doctorate program for tailings management and technology at the Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería of Peru. Mr. Valverde holds a PhD in Environmental and Sustainable Development from Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal in Peru and a master's degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería.

  • Senior Management

    • Carlos Ruiz de Castilla

      Chief Financial Officer

      Mr. Carlos Ruiz de Castilla is a Certified General Accountant with more than 30 years of professional experience and has worked within the mining industry for 16 years. Mr. Ruiz de Castilla joined Minera IRL in 2013 as the Financial Controller and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2016. He is an excellent communicator and displays effective leadership and team building skills in an often challenging and dynamic industry. He holds a MBA from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM).

    • Steve Ngatai

      Project Manager

      Steve Ngatai has almost 40 years of experience working within the mining and construction industries across several countries and companies. Mr. Ngatai has strong leadership and people skills successfully managing large teams and contractors as part of the development and ramp-up of several mining projects operated by top metal producers including First Quantum Minerals Ltd (TSX:FM) and Hudbay Minerals Inc. (NYSE:HBM). He is particularly skilled in terms of the management of bulk earthworks and pre-stripping, and the associated works required for open cut and underground mining operations and has held senior management positions with international mining contractor Stracon SAC in Peru, Panama, and Guyana.

    • Zenon Ramos

      Geology Manager

      Zenon Ramos is a Geological Engineer from the Universidad Nacional Daniel Alcides Carrión, who also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Mining Management. He has over 20 years of experience and has worked for companies such as Compañia de Minas Buenaventura S.A.A., and Pacific Rim Exploration Inc., in both Peru and Argentina. Mr. Ramos played a key role in the discovery of the Corihuarmi and Ollachea deposits and has led all the drilling campaigns and programs intended to extend the mine life of Corihuarmi and to upgrade the resource and reserve bases.

    • Luis Ames

      Mine Superintendent - Corihuarmi

      Luis Ames is a Mining Engineer who also holds an MBA and a master's degree in Financial Risk and Corporate Finance. Mr. Ames brings more than 20 years of experience in open cut and underground mining projects in Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Brazil, having worked for a number of world-class mining corporations such as Glencore plc, Nystar NV, and Zhongrong Xinda Group Co., Ltd. His areas of expertise include mine planning, operations management, and engineering studies with a commitment to operational and safety practices. He serves as Operations Manager at the Corihuarmi Mine, leading several optimization projects that contributed to reducing mining and processing costs without compromising safety or operational performance.

    • Jorge Armas

      Corporate & Finance Manager

      Jorge Armas is a Certified Public Accountant in Peru and holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega and a master’s degree in Audit and Finance from the Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal. He has more than 30 years of accounting and auditing experience within the mining and oil and gas sectors. Prior to joining Minera IRL, Mr. Armas worked for leading mining companies such as Zibo Hongda Jinzhao Mining China, Nyrstar NV, Glencore plc, Royal Dutch Shell plc, among others.

    • Pedro Valdez

      Manager, Investor Relations

      Pedro Valdez has a proven background of 13 years working in planning, analytical and relationship management roles within the mining and earthmoving sectors. He brings his experience in financial analysis, forecasting of capital projects and joint venture projects. Mr. Valdez has held various senior planning and leadership positions for mining contractor Stracon SAC, where he was part of several large-scale open cut and underground mining projects in Central and South America, operated by companies such as Aluminum Corporation of China Limited (CHALCO) and First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). He has an extensive network of technical senior management and financial institution contacts and a knowledge of finance, planning and marketing.

    • Magaly Villena

      Manager, Social Responsibility

      Magaly Villena holds a bachelor's degree in Communication Science from the Universidad San Martin de Porres and a Diploma in Social Responsibility, in addition to being granted a scholarship in Economic Research from the University of Miami promoted by Reuters. With over 20 years of experience in the mining sector, Ms. Villena was pivotal in the negotiations of the unprecedented 30-year surface rights agreement with the community of Ollachea. Ms. Villena successfully manages and maintains more than 25 social responsibility programs with the different communities neighbouring our operations in Coruhuarmi and Ollechea.

    • Susan Gabbie

      Manager, Communications

      Susan Gabbie is a communications professional with a Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Certificate of Global Business Practice. Her career spans over more than 30 years, where she has been able to develop communication strategies and comprehensive solutions for specific target audiences. She also brings valuable experience within the mining and construction industries in relation to integrated facility management. Ms. Gabbie has been directly involved in the development of digital and print communication as well as relationship management including direct interaction with clients creating an extensive network.

    • Carlos Ruiz Palma

      Procurement & Logistics Manager

      Carlos Ruiz Palma holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the Universidad de Lima and a Postgraduate Diploma in International Trade and Business Logistics from the Universidad ESAN. Mr. Ruiz Palma has extensive experience working for Peruvian mining projects operated by renowned companies such as Newmont Corporation, Gold Fields Ltd., and Barrick Gold Corporation, in addition to companies within the oil and gas and iron and steel sectors. Mr. Ruiz Palma is a Supply Chain Specialist with a focus on Procurement and Contracts and Material Management.

    • Daniel Nakaya

      Environmental Manager

      Daniel Nakaya is an Environmental Engineer with a qualification from the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina and holds a master’s degree in Mining and Environment from the Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería. He also holds a number of diplomas in Environmental Modeling, Mine Closure and Environmental Liability Remediation Management, Environmental Impact Assessments and Studies, among others. Prior to joining Minera IRL, Daniel  worked for several international companies in the industrial and mining sectors, including EXSA S.A., PepsiCo, Gold Fields La Cima S.A., and Corporación Minera Centauro. He is head of the Department of Environmental Affairs and oversees the Corihuarmi Gold Mine and Ollachea Project, ensuring compliance with operational and environmental permits.