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Board of Directors

Bobby Godsell
Bobby Godsell

Chairman of the Board of Directors

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Appointed 29 September 2011.

Previous experience Chairman of Business Leadership South Africa, President of the South African Chamber of Mines, Chairman of Eskom, Chief Executive of AngloGold Ashanti, Director of African Barrick Gold and Solar Capital, Chair of the Board of Optimum Coal Holdings, acquired by Glencore plc. Director of Platmin Limited, Member of the South African National Planning Commission.

Qualifications BA from the University of Natal and MA from the University of Cape Town.

Other roles Co-Chairman of the South African Millennium Labour Council. Non-executive Director of the South African Industrial Development Corporation. 

Christine Coignard
Christine Coignard

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

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Appointed 01 July 2014.

Previous experience 30 years’ experience in the banking industry and advisory services world-wide, gained in banking at the Royal Bank of Canada, Société Générale and Citi; International Consultant for the Apogee Gold Fund based in Boston; project manager for Interros in Russia; Director of investments and financing for Norilsk Nickel; Managing Director at HCF.

Qualifications Business degree from EMLYON, France, and MBA from the Schulich School of Business, Toronto, Canada.        

Other roles Managing Director and Founding partner of Coignard & Haas GmbH, Independent director at Eramet and member of its Audit, Risks and Ethics Committee and Strategy and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee.

Vitaly Nesis
Vitaly Nesis

Group Chief Executive Officer

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Appointed 29 September 2011.

Previous experience JSC Polymetal’s Chief Executive from 2003, Member of its Board, 2004–2012. CEO of Vostsibugol, 2002–2003. Strategic Development Director at the Ulyanovsk Automobile Plant in 2000. Head of the Investment Planning Department at SUAL-Holding, 2001-2002. McKinsey in Moscow, 1999-2000. Merrill Lynch in New York, 1997-1999.

Qualifications BA in Economics from Yale University; MA in Mining Economics from St. Petersburg Mining Institute.

Marina Grönberg
Marina Grönberg

Non-Executive Director

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Appointed 29 September 2011.

Previous experience Board member of JSC Polymetal, 2008-2012. Various positions in banks and private equity firms.

Qualifications Degrees in Economics and Finance, and in Law from Moscow State Law Academy and in Applied Mathematics from Moscow State University. 

Other roles Board member of Waterstones (UK), Hachette-Atticus, MIG Credit, Marenco Swiss Helicopters, PIK Group and Nexwafe GmbH; member of the Board of A&NN Investments, and Vitalbond; Member of the Supervisory Board of Tallano Technologie (France); Chairman of Alpha Trust Investment committee; President of the Charity Fund named after Nadezhda Brezhneva.

Jean-Pascal Duvieusart
Jean-Pascal Duvieusart

Non-Executive Director

Appointed 29 September 2011.

Previous experience Managing Partner for Central Europe and the CIS at McKinsey; joined McKinsey in 1992 and worked in Brussels, New York and Central Europe before becoming Managing Partner in Prague. Advised to banks, insurers and industrial companies in Russia and Central Europe. Former Executive Director of Nomos Bank.

Qualifications MBA from the University of Chicago; Master’s degree in Commercial Engineering, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.

Other roles Shareholder of PPF Group N.V. since 2010. Board member of Home Credit B.V., the Anglo-American School of Moscow and Charity foundation Foodbank Rus. Member of the European Regional Business Council of the World Economic Forum Davos.

Konstantin Yanakov
Konstantin Yanakov

Non-Executive Director

Appointed 29 September 2011.

Previous experience Member of JSC Polymetal’s Board of Directors, 2008-2012 and member of its Audit Committee. Various positions at MDM Bank. CFO of JSC Polymetal until 2004. Member of the Board at Piraeus Bank, Inbank, Greek Organisation of Football Prognostics (OPAP S.A.) and Tiscali S.p.A.

Qualifications MBA from the London Business School; PhD in Economics from the Russian State University of Management; degree in Global Economics from the Government of Russia’s Finance Academy.

Other roles Deputy Director General in charge of Finance at CJSC ICT, Director of ICT Holding Ltd, member of the Board at O1 Properties Limited, member of the Supervisory Board of Rigensis Bank, and member of the Board of the non-state pension fund ‘Future’. 

Russell Skirrow
Russell Skirrow

Independent Non-Executive Director

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Appointed 29 September 2011.

Previous experience Board member of JSC Polymetal, 2008–2012. Total of 36 years’ experience working in the global mining industry and investment banking, including ten years at Merrill Lynch in London as Head of Global Metals, Mining & Steel Research and subsequently as Global Chairman of the Metals/Mining investment banking team, and during the 1980s and early 1990s in Gold Fields Ltd (South Africa) and Western Mining Corporation in Australia, and the USA. Chairman of Dampier Gold Ltd 2010-2013.

Qualifications BSc with Honours in Geology from Durham University and a PhD from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London. Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining with Chartered Engineer status and Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

Jonathan Best
Jonathan Best

Independent Non-Executive Director

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Appointed 29 September 2011.

Previous experience Over 35 years’ experience in the mining industry. Board member of JSC Polymetal, 2006-2012; Chairman of the Audit Committee of Gulf Industrials; Chairman of Sentula Mining and Bauba Platinum, and member of their nomination and remuneration committees; Chairman of GoldStone Resources; Interim CEO of Trans-Siberian Gold in 2006; CFO and Executive Director of AngloGold Ashanti.

Qualifications MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA), Associate of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators.

Other roles Non-executive Director of AngloGold Ashanti Holdings plc and Chairman of its Audit Committee; Non-executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Metair Investments.

Leonard Homeniuk
Leonard Homeniuk

Independent Non-Executive Director

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Appointed 29 September 2011.

Previous experience Board member of JSC Polymetal, 2010-2012. President, CEO and member of the Board of Directors of Centerra Gold, 2004-2008. Chair, President and Chief Executive Officer of Polygon Gold Inc., 2011-2014. Held executive positions with Centerra Gold, Kumtor Gold and Cameco Corporation.

Qualifications MSc from the University of Manitoba. Member of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada. Honorary Professor at the Kyrgyz Mining Institute. Other roles Director of Trade Ideas LLC.