Board

Mehmet Nazif Gűnal

Non-Executive Chairman & Director:

Mr Günal graduated from the Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, as a civil engineer in 1971 and has an MBA from the same university.

Mr Günal founded his first company in 1976 and is the owner of the MNG Group.  The MNG Group now employs more than 20,000 people and has interests including construction (high-rise buildings, shopping & commercial centres, hotels, resort villages, industrial plants, dams, hydroelectric power plants, irrigation systems, tunnels, roads & highways), railways including high technology metro cars & compatible electrical locomotives manufacturing, energy production & marketing including renewable energy, a domestic and international cargo airline and MAPA Construction, one of largest firms in Turkey.

Serhan Umurhan

Chief Executive Officer & Director

Mr Umurhan graduated as an electrical and electronic engineer from Cukurova University, Adana.
Mr Umurhan’s experience in the mining industry includes overseeing the construction of four CIL / Heap leach gold mines in Turkey and West Africa.

Serhan previously worked for 7 years at Koza Gold Corporation where he worked as the Assistant General Manager – Technical.  Prior to that Serhan held various positions with Normandy Mining and Newmont Mining Corporation Limited between 2001 and 2005.

Mr Umurhan is the CEO of Avesoro Holdings.

Geoff Eyre

Chief Financial Officer & Director

Mr Eyre is a Chartered Accountant and member of the ICAEW.  Mr Eyre also holds a first class BEng degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Warwick.

Mr Eyre has more than 10 years experience in the mining industry mostly gained in West Africa.  He was the Group Financial Controller for Ferrexpo Plc during its IPO on the London Stock Exchange and was the CEO of Amlib Holdings Plc prior to its acquisition by MNG Gold in 2014.

He previously spent 8 years with accountancy firm Ernst & Young focussed on engineering and automotive businesses and undertook a 3 years strategic secondment to Ernst & Young Global.  Mr Eyre also undertook an engineering apprenticeship with the engineering group Hawker Siddeley where he worked for 5 years prior to moving into accountancy.

Mr Eyre is the CFO of Avesoro Holdings.

David Netherway

Non-Executive Director:

Mr Netherway is a mining engineer with over 35 years of experience in the mining industry. Mr. Netherway received a B.E. in Mining Engineering from the University of Melbourne in 1975 and a Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance from the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants in the United Kingdom in 1985. He was until the takeover by Gryphon Mineral Ltd (GRY-ASX), the CEO of Shield Mining Limited, an Australian listed company exploring for gold and base metals in Mauritania. Prior to this, Mr Netherway served as the CEO of Toronto listed Afcan Mining Corporation, a China focussed gold mining company which was successfully taken over by Eldorado Gold. He is also a former director of Crusader Resources Ltd (ASX:CAS), Afferro Mining Inc., Gryphon Minerals Ltd.(ASX:GRY), Altus Resource Capital Ltd, GMA Resources plc, Orezone Resources Inc. Kazakhgold Ltd and Equigold NL. Mr Netherway is a mine developer and operator who was involved in the construction and development of the Iduapriem, Siguiri, Samira Hill and Kiniero gold mines in West Africa and has extensive worldwide mining experience.

Mr Netherway is currently the Chairman of Kilo Goldmines Inc. (TSX-V:KGL), Canyon Resources Ltd (CAY:ASX) and Altus Strategies Ltd.

Jean-Guy Martin

Non-Executive Director:

Mr. Martin is a chartered accountant and a certified public accountant (Illinois) with over 35 years experience in the financial reporting, auditing and transaction areas.

Mr. Martin has recently retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”) after serving 35 years with the Firm in Canada of which the last 25 years were as a partner. Mr. Martin has advised various multinational companies looking to complete acquisitions and divestitures. Mr. Martin has held a number of senior partner positions during his career with PwC. His industry experience spans many market sectors, including mining, energy and utilities, industrial products, and forest and paper. He has assisted numerous international clients, such as Rio Tinto Alcan, Bain Capital, Blackstone, Domtar and Hydro-Québec in several cross-border transactions.

Loudon Owen

Non-Executive Director:

Mr. Owen is an international businessman and lawyer. He co-founded and manages McLean Watson Capital, a private Toronto-based venture capital company.

Mr. Owen has extensive public and private company Board experience and he currently serves on the boards of a range of private corporations including Quantec Geoscience Limited (Chair), as well as Kilo Goldmines Ltd. (TSX-V), Genesis Land Development Corp., and Posera-HDX (TSX, Chair).
Mr. Owen holds a BA (Economics and International Relations) from Trinity College, University of Toronto, a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.