Golden Minerals Company
 
 
 
  
  
  BOARD OF DIRECTORS
   
 

Jeffrey G. Clevenger
Chairman

Currently, Mr. Clevenger serves as Chairman of Golden Minerals. He previously served as Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Apex Silver Mines Limited. Mr. Clevenger worked as an independent consultant from 1999 when Cyprus Amax Minerals Company, his previous employer, was sold until he joined us in 2004. Mr. Clevenger served as Senior Vice President and Executive Vice President of Cyprus Amax Minerals Company from 1993 to 1998 and 1998 to 1999, respectively, and as President of Cyprus Climax Metals Company and its predecessor, Cyprus Copper Company, a large integrated producer of copper and molybdenum with operations in North and South America, from 1993 to 1999. He was Senior Vice President of Cyprus Copper Company from August 1992 to January 1993. From 1973 to 1992, Mr. Clevenger held various technical, management and executive positions at Phelps Dodge Corporation, including President and General Manager of Phelps Dodge Morenci, Inc.

He is a Member of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers and the Metallurgical Society of America. Mr. Clevenger holds a B.S. in Mining Engineering with Honors from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and is a graduate of the Advanced International Senior Management Program of Harvard University.

   
 

W. Durand Eppler
Director (1,3-Chairman)

Mr. Eppler has over 30 years experience in the natural resources industry. He has served as Chief Executive Officer of Sierra Partners, LLC, a private investment and advisory firm since he founded it in 2004. The firm has an exclusive focus on mining, oil and gas and energy resource industries and international experience. From 1995 to 2004, Mr. Eppler held various positions with Newmont Mining Corporation, the world's second largest gold producer, and its subsidiaries, including Vice President of Newmont Capital, Ltd. (2002 to August 2004), Vice President, Corporate Development of Newmont Mining Corporation (2001 to 2002), President of Newmont Indonesia (1998 to 2001), and Vice President, Corporate Planning of Newmont Mining Corporation (1995 to 1998). Prior to joining Newmont, Mr. Eppler served as the Managing Director, Metals & Mining for Chemical Securities, Inc., a subsidiary of Chemical Bank (now JPMorgan Chase), where he was responsible for relationship management, technical support, corporate finance services, credit marketing and transaction execution for clients in the global precious, industrial and energy resources businesses. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Vista Gold Company, Augusta Resource Corp., and Allied Nevada Gold Corp. and is the Chairman of the board of directors of Northern Energy & Mining Inc.

Mr. Eppler holds a B.A. in Geography & Religion from Middlebury College and an M.S. in Mineral Economics from the Colorado School of Mines. Mr. Eppler is a member of the Society of Mining Engineers of A.I.M.E. and a member of the Global Leadership Council, College of Business, Colorado State University.

   
 

Michael T. Mason
Director (3)

Mr. Mason is a metallurgical engineer with more than 35 years experience in the minerals industry. Over the course of his career, he has held several senior positions and has been engaged in providing evaluation, marketing, development and/or financing strategies for various projects. He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Geovic Mining Corporation, a Canadian mining development company. He is also a Managing Partner of Mineral Services, LLC, a financial and technical consulting firm. From 1999 - 2011, he was President, CEO and Director of MBMI Resources Inc., a nickel-cobalt development company. He also served as President and COO of Global Gold Corporation, a Director of Euromax Resources Ltd and a Director of ECU Silver Mining Inc.

Mr. Mason holds a BSc in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Arizona and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from the University of California at Los Angeles.

 
 

Ian Masterton-Hume
Director (2)

Mr. Hume has served as a director of our company since March 2009. He has over 30 years' experience in the natural resources industry. From January 2000 until December 2008, he was a partner of The Sentient Group, a manager of closed−end private equity funds specializing in global investment in the natural resources sector headquartered in Sydney, Australia, which he also co−founded. Since December 2008, Mr. Hume has acted as a consultant to The Sentient Group. From 1994 to 2000, Mr. Hume served as a consultant to AMP Society's Private Capital Division, focused on international mining and telecommunications investments primarily in North and South America, Russia and the Pacific Rim. His experience prior to 1994 includes serving as a consultant to Equatorial Mining in Santiago, Chile, regarding development of its copper assets, and approximately 23 years of investment management and investment banking experience for companies in Australia and the United Kingdom, including Impala Pacific Corporation in Hong Kong, Bain & Company in Sydney, Australia and the Jessel Group of companies in London and South Africa. He is currently a director of Andean Resources Ltd., Norsemont Mining Inc., and Iron Road Limited, and he served as a director of Apex Silver from April 2007 through
March 2009. Mr. Hume attended both Harrow School (England) and Nice University (France). In determining Mr. Hume's qualifications to serve on our board of directors, the board has considered, among other things, his experience and expertise in mining industry public and private finance and corporate development and mine project development in South America, together with his experience serving as a director of small publicly held mineral exploration and development companies operating in South America.

 
 

Kevin R. Morano
Director (2-Chairman,3,4)

Mr. Morano has been Managing Principal of KEM Capital LLC, a private equity investment company and provider of management advisory services, since March 2007. From March 2002 to March 2007, Mr. Morano was employed by Lumenis Ltd., a laser and light-based technology company specializing in medical devices for aesthetic, surgical and ophthalmic applications. His positions with Lumenis included Chief Financial Officer from March 2002 to August 2004 and Senior Vice President for Marketing and Business Development from May 2004 to March 2007. Prior to joining Lumenis, Mr. Morano held a number of senior executive positions with major American public companies including a 21 year career at ASARCO Incorporated, a global copper mining company and specialty chemicals and aggregates producer, which was acquired by Grupo Mexico in December 1999. At ASARCO, Mr. Morano served in various senior executive capacities including President and Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He serves as a director of Bear Creek Mining Company.

Mr. Morano holds a B.Sc. in Finance from Drexel University and an M.B.A. from Rider University.

 
 

Terry M. Palmer
Director (1-Chairman,3)

Mr. Palmer has 40 years of financial, management and accounting experience with a particular focus on the mining industry. Since January 2003, Mr. Palmer has worked on a part-time basis for and is a principal of the CPA firm of Marrs, Sevier & Company LLC. He spent 36 years at Ernst & Young LLP where he rose from a staff position to partner responsible for audit and advisory services to major international mining companies and serving as the technical consulting partner in the SEC-related business. Mr. Palmer is a director of Allied Nevada Gold Corp.

Mr. Palmer holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration from Drake University and an M.B.A. from the University of Denver. He is a certified public accountant and a Member of the American Institute and Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants.

 
 

Andrew Pullar
Director(4)

Mr. Pullar joined the board of Golden Minerals Company commencing July 1, 2013, filling a newly created vacancy. Mr. Pullar has over 20 years of experience in the natural resources industry. Mr. Pullar is the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of The Sentient Group (“Sentient”), which is the Company’s largest stockholder holding approximately 19.9% of the Company’s outstanding common stock. From March 2009 until March 2013, Mr. Pullar held various senior investment management positions with Sentient. Prior to joining Sentient in 2009, Mr. Pullar worked as a portfolio manager for Baker Steel Capital Managers in London and Sydney from 2004 to 2009. Prior to this, Mr. Pullar was a senior metals and mining analyst at AME Mineral Economics in Sydney, worked as a mining engineering consultant for Behre Dolbear in London and Sydney and served in various mining engineering and production positions at De Beers and Gold Fields in South Africa. Mr. Pullar holds a degree in Mining Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, a South African Mine Managers Certificate and the UK Society of Investment Professionals Investment Manager Certificate (IMC). He is also a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

 

David H. Watkins
Director (1,2,4-Chairman)

Mr. Watkins has over 40 years experience in the mining industry, working as a senior executive with major mining companies and junior exploration and development companies. Mr. Watkins served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Atna Resources, Ltd., a company engaged in the exploration, development and production of gold properties, from 2000 until his recent appointment to Executive Chairman in January 2009. From 1993 to 1999, Mr. Watkins served as Senior Vice President, Exploration of Cyprus Amax Minerals Company, a producer of commodities such as copper, gold, molybdenum, lithium and coal. Prior to his employment with Cyprus Amax, Mr. Watkins served as President of Minova Inc., a producer of precious metals and base metals from mining operations in Canada. Mr. Watkins currently serves on the boards of directors of a number of companies, including Euro Resources S.A., Canplats Resources Corp, Commander Resources Ltd, Golden Goose Exploration Inc. and Maudore Minerals Ltd.

Mr. Watkins holds a B.A. in Geology from Queen's University at Kingston, an M.S. in Geology from Carleton University, Ottawa and is a graduate of the Executive Business Program from the University of Western Ontario. Mr. Watkins is a member of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Geological Association of Canada, Geological Society of Nevada and Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada.

 
     
 

(1) Audit Committee
(2) Compensation Committee
(3) Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee
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4) Succession Planning Committee

 

 

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