Board of Directors
Mr Ian Ashby, Independent Non-Executive Chairman
Mr Ashby was appointed as Independent Non-Executive Chairman on 22 June 2017.
Experience: Mr Ashby has 36 years of international experience in the minerals industry across a range of commodities that include copper, iron ore, coal, silver, gold, lead and zinc. In his most recent executive role between 2006 and 2012, Mr Ashby was President of BHP Billiton’s Iron Ore division, the largest and most profitable business within BHP Billiton, where he was responsible for global strategy development and execution, opportunity identification, project development and operations. Post his executive career, Mr Ashby has pursued Non-Executive Director roles at Genco Shipping and New World Resources.
Mr Ashby holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mining from the University of Melbourne.
External Appointments: Mr Ashby currently holds NED positions on the board of Anglo-American PLC, Nevsun Resources and Alderon Iron Ore Corporation.
Committee Membership: Chairman of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees.
Mr Roman Deniskin, Chief Executive Officer
Mr Deniskin was appointed as Chief Executive Officer on 16 April 2018.
Experience: Mr Deniskin has extensive experience at strategic and senior operating levels within mining and industrial companies. Whilst his focus in mining was on iron ore, coal and gold in Russia and CIS, it also included successful gold sector expansion in Africa. During his diverse career, Mr Deniskin spent significant time working at global management consulting firms McKinsey & Company and Boston Consulting Group, focused primarily on metals and mining. In his most recent role, he served as Deputy Chairman of Eurasian Resources Group, a leading diversified mining and smelting group based in Kazakhstan. Prior to this, Mr Deniskin held senior positions at Rostec, MMK and Severstal Resources.
Mr Deniskin holds degrees in mechanics and economics.
External Appointments: None.
Committee Membership: None.
Mr Bruce M. Buck, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr Buck was appointed to the Board as Senior Independent Director on 22 June 2017.
Experience: Mr Buck has been practicing law in Europe since 1983. His work at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, where he was a partner and latterly Of Counsel retiring from this role in July 2017, included a broad range of mergers, acquisitions and capital markets transactions, including IPOs and high-yield transactions. Mr. Buck has been involved in work in Central and Eastern Europe, and particularly in the Russian Federation, since 1990.
External Appointments: Mr Buck is the chairman and a director of Chelsea FC plc and he also holds a Non-Executive Director position on the Board of AIM-listed Globalworth Real Estate Investments Limited.
Committee Membership: Mr Buck is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and HSE Committees.
Mr Garrett Soden, Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr Garrett Soden was appointed to the Board as Independent Non-Executive Director on 22 June 2017.
Experience: Mr Soden has extensive experience as a senior executive and board member of various public companies in the natural resources sector. He has worked with the Lundin Group for the last decade. Previously, he was Chairman and CEO of RusForest AB, CFO of Etrion and PetroFalcon Corporation and a Non-Executive Director of PA Resources AB. Prior to joining the Lundin Group, Mr. Soden worked at Lehman Brothers in equity research and at Salomon Brothers in mergers and acquisitions. He also previously served as Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Energy.
Mr Soden holds a BSc honours degree from the London School of Economics and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
External Appointments: Mr Soden is currently President and CEO of Africa Energy Corp., a Canadian oil and gas exploration company focused on Africa. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Etrion Corporation, Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd., Panoro Energy ASA and Phoenix Global Resources PLC.
Committee Membership: Mr Soden is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees.
Mr Bektas Mukazhanov, Non-Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr Mukazhanov was appointed to the Board as Non-Independent Non-Executive Director on 8 February 2018.
Experience: Mr Mukazhanov brings a wealth of knowledge from his professional experience at a senior level in the financial and information technology industries.
Mr Mukazhanov holds degrees in computer science and information technology and is a CFA charterholder.
External Appointments: Mr Mukazhanov is a Director of and Investment Advisor at Fincraft Holdings Ltd, the major shareholder of Petropavlovsk.
Committee Membership: None.
Mr Adrian Coates, Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr Coates was appointed to the Board as Independent Non-Executive Director on 16 February 2018.
Experience: Mr Coates has many years’ experience in the investment banking industry, having held senior positions with HSBC Bank plc and UBS Investment Bank amongst others, latterly with a specialisation in the natural resources sector. Since then, Mr Coates has held Non-Executive positions at both Polyus Gold International Limited, Kazakhgold Group Limited and Regal Petroleum plc. He has also worked as a strategic consultant to prominent clients in the metals and mining industry
Mr Coates holds MA degrees in Economics from Fitzwilliam College of Cambridge University and an MBA from London Business School.
External Appointments: Mr Coates holds Non-Executive positions at JKX Oil and Gas plc, where he is Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee, and at Thor Explorations Ltd, where he is Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee.
Committee Membership: None.