Building a mid-tier gold producer

Executive Team

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Peter Breese , Director, President & CEO

Mr Breese has over 25 years of operational experience in the global mining industry, predominantly in southern Africa & Australia. Prior to joining Asanko, he was most recently CEO of Mantra Resources, before its US$1 billion acquisition by ARMZ in 2011 and Chief Executive of Norilsk International, following its acquisition of LionOre Mining in 2007, where he was COO.
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Charles Amoah , General Manager, Asanko Gold Mine

Mr Amoah is a Ghanaian national and a metallurgist with over 22 years of experience. He was promoted to General Manager, Asanko Gold Mine in early 2015, prior to this he was Manager - Processing. He has held a number of senior management positions in the Ghanaian gold mining industry, including General Manager of PMI Gold Corporation’s Obotan Project, as well as Acting General Manager and Metallurgical Manager of the Damang Mine, which is 90% owned by Goldfields. He holds a Certificate in Management Development and a Master’s degree in mineral processing.
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Frederick Attakumah , Corporate Affairs Executive

Mr Attakumah has over twenty years experience in the mining industry spanning operations, project management and sustainability. He was a former Managing Director of AngloGold Ashanti’s Obuasi Mine and held various executive roles including General Manager for Engineering Services (Obuasi Mine) as well as Vice President of Sustainability for AngloGold Ashanti’s operations in Ghana. He has served as a First Vice President of the Ghana Chamber of Mines and was also a member of the Governing Council of the Private Enterprise Federation of Ghana. Fred holds an Honours Bachelor degree in Electrical and Electronic engineering as well as a Masters degree in Business Administration.
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Frans de Bruyn , Organizational Capability Executive

Mr. de Bruyn has extensive human resources and organizational development experience. He has held senior managerial positions in South Africa and Australia with a number of mining and mining services companies, including Anglo American, Rio Tinto and Snowden. During the past 20 years, Frans has focused on business readiness and capability development and worked as a consultant with Asanko, Mantra Resources, LionOre Mining, Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, BCL, Mimosa Mining Company and Zimasco. He holds a Doctorate in Psychology.
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Fausto Di Trapani , Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Di Trapani, a Chartered Accountant, joined Asanko in 2012 as Executive: Finance and has played a major role in the transformation of the Company’s Finance function from late stage exploration through project development and production to the multi-jurisdictional fully integrated function it is today. This has included the deployment of a group wide ERP system to improve forecasting and budgetary controls, securing the Red Kite project finance facility and leading the Company’s procurement processes to bring the Asanko Gold Mine into production on time and under budget. During his 18 year career, Fausto has held a number of senior financial management roles at significant listed resource companies including Mantra Resources, Norilsk Nickel International and BHP Billiton. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Accounting Sciences degree.
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Wayne Drier , Business Development Executive

Mr. Drier has over 15 years of experience within the global mining sector spanning a wide range of commodities and jurisdictions. Most recently he was Vice President of Strategy & Development at Coalspur Mines Limited. Prior to this he was Commercial Executive at Mantra Resources with responsibility for financing and marketing . Wayne has held senior business development and corporate finance roles at BHP Billiton, Norilsk Nickel International and Shanduka Resources. He has also worked in the M&A teams of two major international investment banks. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Science degree.
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Ed Munnik , Metallurgical Executive

Mr. Munnik has over 30 years of experience working in Africa in the gold, nickel, uranium, copper and cobalt sectors. During his career, he was COO of Chambishi Metals, a copper and cobalt smelting, leaching, refining and electro winning facility in Zambia, Metallurgical Executive at LionOre Mining’s Africa division and most recently Metallurgy Manager at Mantra Resources, where he managed the process aspect of the Definitive Feasibility Study for the Mkuju River Project. Ed holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and a Bachelor of Commerce degree.
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Rob Slater , Mining Executive

Mr Sherwen-Slater has over 20 years of mining operational, project management experience and executive experience in Africa and Australia. Most recently Rob was Group Executive Mining for Coffey International based in Australia. Prior to that he was Operations Director Australia for Norilsk Nickel, Projects Director for LionOre Mining and Chief Mining Engineer for JCI Projects. In addition to these corporate roles, Rob has had significant experience as a professional mining consultant in numerous parts of the world.
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Hugo Truter , Chief Operating Officer, Asanko Gold Mine

Mr. Truter is a mechanical engineer and holds a bachelor of commerce degree in management. He has over 25 years experience of project and operational management in Africa and has worked in the gold, base metals, platinum and diamond sectors. Most recently he was Manager, Engineering for Mantra Resources’ Mkuju River Project in Tanzania before its acquisition by ARMZ, the wholly owned subsidiary of the Russian State Corporation for Nuclear Energy. Prior to this, Hugo held a number of senior roles at Tati Nickel in Botswana, one of LionOre Mining’s major mining operations, including Head of Engineering, Project Manager of the DMS plant, one of the world’s largest and acted as General Manager of Tati for two years.
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Josephat Zvaipa , Managing Director, Ghana

Mr. Zvaipa has over 25 years of experience in Operations, Human Resources, Training and Development. During his career, he has been Operations Executive at Zimasco in Zimbabwe, one of Africa’s largest integrated ferrochrome producer, Head of Training and Development at the Hwange Colliery, Zimbabwe’s largest coal producer and Head of HR at LionOre Mining’s Africa division, until its acquisition by Norilsk Nickel. Most recently Joe was Head of Organizational Capability at Asanko.
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Phil Bentley , Mineral Resources Executive

Mr Bentley has over 30 years experience in the mining industry spanning exploration, mineral resource management and project development, with extensive global experience in gold and base metals. During his career, he has worked for Randgold Resources, Metallon Gold, Central African Gold, Great Basin Gold and Trafigura.