Jake assumed the role of Executive Chairman at Evolution Mining Limited in November 2011 following the merger with Conquest Mining Limited where he was Executive Chairman. Prior to joining Conquest Mining, Jake had been President and CEO of Sino Gold Mining Limited where he managed the development of that company into the largest foreign participant in the Chinese gold industry. Sino Gold Mining Limited was listed on the ASX in 2002 with a market capitalisation of $100 million and was purchased by Eldorado Gold Corporation in late 2009 for over $2 billion. It became an ASX/S&P 100 Company, operating two award-winning gold mines and engaging over 2,000 employees and contractors in China. Prior to joining Sino Gold (and its predecessor) in 1995, Mr Klein was employed at Macquarie Bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Jake is a non-executive director of Lynas Corporation Limited (since August 2004) and formerly a non-executive director of OceanaGold Corporation, both ASX- listed companies.
Mr Conway was appointed Finance Director and Chief Financial Officer of Evolution Mining Limited with effect from 1 August 2014 (previously a non-executive director since October 2011).
Mr Conway has more than 26 years’ experience in the resources sector across a diverse range of commercial, financial and operational activities. He has held a mix of corporate and operational commercial roles within Australia, Papua New Guinea and Chile with Newcrest and prior to that with BHP Billiton. He most recently held the position of Executive General Manager – Commercial and West Africa with Newcrest Mining where he was responsible for Newcrest’s group Supply and Logistics, Marketing, Information Technology and Laboratory functions as well as Newcrest’s business in West Africa.
Mr Johnstone is a mining engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the resources sector with extensive experience building and operating mines in Africa, Australia, Asia and South America. Mr Johnstone was formerly Vice-President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer at Equinox Minerals Limited, prior to the C$7.6 billion acquisition by Barrick Gold Corporation. Prior to that role, Mr Johnstone was Chief Operating Officer of Sino Gold Mining Limited. He has also served as General Manager at some of Australia’s largest mines including the Kalgoorlie Super Pit in Western Australia, the Olympic Dam Mine in South Australia and the Northparkes Mine in New South Wales.
Mr Sawiris is currently the chairman of the advisory board of La Mancha Holding S.à r.l, the Chairman of the Board of Orascom TMT Investments S.à r.l. and the Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding S.A.E. Mr Sawiris founded Orascom Telecom Holding and developed it into a leading regional telecom player until a merger with Vimpelcom Ltd created the world’s sixth largest mobile telecommunications provider.
Mr Sawiris serves on a number of additional Boards, Committees and Councils including the Advisory Committee to the NYSE Board of Directors, the International Advisory Board to the National Bank of Kuwait, the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs and the Arab Thought Foundation.
Mr Askew is a mining engineer with over 40 years’ broad international experience as a Director and Chief Executive Officer for a wide range of Australian and international publicly listed mining, mining finance and other mining related companies. He also has extensive technical expertise in open pit and underground mines including design, construction and operations. He has also served on the boards of numerous resource public companies, which currently include the Chairman of OceanaGold Limited (chairman since November 2006) and Syrah Resources, as well as Director of Nevada Copper and Asian Mineral Resources (since 2012)
Mr de Montessus is the Chief Executive Officer of Endeavour Mining. Prior to his role with Endeavour, he was the Chief Executive Office of the La Mancha Group since 2012, where he oversaw La Mancha double its production through optimisation efforts before undergoing a portfolio restructure which enabled La Mancha to become the main shareholder of both Evolution and Endeavour Mining. Prior to his role with La Mancha, Mr. de Montessus was a member of the Executive Board and Group Deputy CEO of AREVA Group and CEO of AREVA Mining. Prior to this role, he was the Vice President Strategy, Marketing and Business Development for AREVA’s Transmission and Distribution – network electrical equipment business.
Before joining AREVA in 2002, Mr de Montessus was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley in London (M&A and Equity Capital Market).
Mr Freestone has over 40 years’ experience in the natural resources industry. He has a broad finance, corporate and commercial background obtained in Australia and internationally through senior finance positions with the Shell Group, Acacia Resources Limited and AngloGold. He was Acacia Resources Limited’s Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary from 1994 until 2001. From 2001 to 2009 he was a non-executive director of Lion Selection Limited and its Audit Committee Chair (2001-2009) and Catalpa Resources Limited (Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee) (2009-2011)
Mr McKeith is a geologist with 25 years’ experience in various mine geology, exploration and business development roles. He was formerly Executive Vice President: Growth and International Projects for Gold Fields Ltd where he was responsible for global greenfields exploration and project development. Mr McKeith was also Chief Executive Officer of Troy Resources Ltd and held non-executive director roles at Sino Gold Ltd and Avoca Resources. Mr McKeith is currently also Chairman of ABM Resources (from June 2016).
Mr Adawy is the Chief Financial Officer of the La Mancha Group.
He is an international finance executive, with 20 years’ experience in finance and management in telecoms and retail sectors.
Prior to joining La Mancha he served as Chief Financial Officer of WIS Telecom (since 2010) and at the same time was Chief Executive Office of the Italian subsidiary, MENA SCS SpA (since 2011). Prior to joining the Orascom group, Mr Adawy held senior finance management positions in several multinational companies, such as Adler-France, Pepsi Cola – France and in a JV of Carrefour – France with Majid Al Futtaim group for its activity in the Middle East.
Mr Adawy holds a Finance Management and Accounting degree from CNAM of Paris.
Mr. Benoit has more than 20 years of corporate finance, investor relations and M&A experience in the mining, energy and telecom sectors. He joined Endeavour Mining as Executive Vice President Strategy and Business Development in November 2015 following the transaction with La Mancha Group. He will take up the newly created position of Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Development effective November 1, 2016. While at La Mancha from 2013 to 2015, he was Executive Vice President, Strategy & Business Development where he successfully led the group’s portfolio restructuring which repositioned La Mancha as a leading private mining investor.
Prior to this he worked at France Telecom Orange where he acted as Director of Strategy & Investor Relations from 2006 until 2010, and subsequently as Director of Merger & Acquisitions until 2013. Mr. Benoit has previously held various finance positions with Areva, Bull Information System, and PwC. He holds a business degree from ESC-Bordeaux Business School and is a Chartered Accountant.