Management

Our Management team has a strong track record and specialises in identifying and acquiring projects with superior exploration or development potential and quickly transforming these projects into producing mines.

Michael Wilkes, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

(appointed January 2011)

Mick Wilkes is a mining engineer with approximately 30 years of broad international experience, predominantly in precious and base metals across Asia and Australia. Most recently, as Executive General Manager of Operations at OZ Minerals he had responsibility for the evaluation studies, construction and operation of the Prominent Hill copper gold project in South Australia, which is one of the more significant recent resource developments in Australia. Preceding this, he was General Manager of the Sepon gold copper project for Oxiana in Laos. Earlier experience was in Papua New Guinea in senior roles and, at the outset of his career, at Mount Isa Mines in operations and design.  

In January 2011, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer, and was appointed to the Board of Directors as Managing Director in April 2011.

He has a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from the University of Queensland, a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

Mark Chamberlain, Chief Financial Officer

(appointed August 2011)

Mark Chamberlain has over 30 years experience covering a broad range of financial disciplines with a particular focus on treasury, capital markets, risk management and mergers and acquisitions. Mark has over 17 years experience in the mining industry, primarily in the gold and multi-product mining space gained from senior finance functions at Newcrest Mining Limited, Western Mining Corporation Limited and external consulting.

He is a qualified lawyer and a Fellow of CPA Australia.

 

Mark Cadzow, Chief Development Officer

(appointed April 1991)

Mark Cadzow is a metallurgist with over 30 years experience in mineral processing, precious metals, sulphide minerals and coal. He spent 8 years with BP Australia in coal and mineral research and development, which resulted in a number of patented processes for the recovery of gold and other minerals. Mr. Cadzow joined OGL in 1991 and held the position of Senior Metallurgist and Processing Manager for 10 years, during which time he developed the Macraes processing plant from a 1.5 Mtpa sulphide leach plant into one of Australasia’s most complex gold processing plants treating 4.5 Mtpa. In 2002, his appointment to Project Manager saw him bring on the 0.5 Mtpa oxide plant. In October 2005, he was appointed New Zealand Development Manager, and was appointed the Chief Operating Officer of OceanaGold in October 2010. In Mark’s current role, he is responsible for overseeing technical studies, expansions, new developments including the commissioning of the Didipio Project.  He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Metallurgy).

 

Michael Holmes, Chief Operating Officer

(appointed November 2012)

Michael Holmes is a mining engineer with over 25 years experience working in Australia and Argentina. Michael has broad operational experience in underground and open pit gold, copper, lead, zinc and nickel mines. Most recently, as General Manager of Minera Alumbrera Operations in Argentina (Xstrata Copper), Michael was responsible for the large open pit, processing, transport and port facilities and for the management of the feasibility study for the Agua Rica Project. Previous to this, Michael was the General Manager of the Mount Isa Copper Operations (Xstrata Copper), based in Mount Isa, managing the large scale underground mine and concentrator. Prior, Michael has had various other Mine Management positions in Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) degree from the University of Queensland and is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

 

Darren Klinck, Head of Business Development

(appointed April 2007)


Darren brings a broad range of international capital markets experience within the mining and metals sector. He was appointed Vice President, Corporate & Investor Relations in 2007 and then in 2011 was appointed Head of Business Development. In his current role, Darren is responsible for managing the business development function of the organization to identify external and as well as internal growth opportunities for the Company. Mr. Klinck is also responsible for overseeing the investor relations and corporate communications for OceanaGold. Prior to joining OceanaGold, Darren Klinck was Vice President, Corporate and Investor Relations at Kimber Resources Inc., a Canadian based, precious metals development and exploration company focused in Mexico and listed on the American (now NYSE Amex) and Toronto stock exchanges.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary.

 

Yuwen Ma, Head of Human Resources

(appointed July 2011)

Yuwen Ma is responsible for managing the Human Resources function of the organisation and lead talent & organisation development initiatives to support OceanaGold operations and growth. Prior to joining OceanaGold, his most recent assignment was Human Resources Director of Eldorado Gold China Operations. Yuwen has over 20 years human resources management experiences with multinationals building high performance organisations including Sino Gold Mining Ltd., Kimberly-Clark China and Nestle China.

 

Liang Tang - Company Secretary and Corporate Counsel

(appointed January 2013)

Liang is a practising lawyer with a broad range of legal and corporate experiences in the gold mining sector, including capital markets, debt financing, and corporate and commercial law.  She joined OceanaGold’s legal and company secretariat team in April 2009, and is currently responsible for legal affairs, compliance and corporate governance.  Prior to joining OceanaGold, Liang was a commercial lawyer in private practice.  She also worked as an accountant and tax consultant at a global accounting firm.

Liang holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne.  She is fluent in Chinese Mandarin.

 

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