Peter Marrone founded Yamana Gold in July 2003. Mr. Marrone currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yamana. Mr. Marrone has more than 29 years of mining, business and capital markets experience and has been on the boards of a number of public companies and advised companies with a strong South American presence. Prior to Yamana, Peter Marrone was the head of investment banking at a major Canadian investment bank and before that, practiced law in Toronto with a strong focus on corporate law, securities law and international transactions. Mr. Marrone currently sits on the Board of Governors of York University.
Mr. Main joined Yamana as Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer in August 2003, with over 25 years of experience in the finance and mining industries. Prior to joining Yamana, Mr. Main held the principal positions of Director of Corporate Development of Newmont Capital Corporation and Vice President of Normandy Mining Limited, Vice President, Finance of TVX Gold Inc., and was with PriceWaterhouseCoopers for 10 years. Mr. Main is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Ontario and Canadian Institutes of Chartered Accountants. Mr. Main holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University.
Darcy Marud joined Yamana as Senior Vice President, Exploration in October 2007 and was appointed to the position of Executive Vice President, Enterprise Strategy in January 2014. Prior to that, he held the position of Vice-President of Exploration for Meridian from 2004 and the position of exploration manager for South America from 1997. Mr. Marud has a combined 27 years of experience as a gold exploration geologist in the Americas with companies such as Homestake, FMC Gold Company and Meridian Gold Inc.
Mr. Campbell joined Yamana as Senior Vice President, Human Resources in May 2011. Prior to joining Yamana, Mr. Campbell enjoyed progressively senior roles during his 21 years at TD Bank Financial Group. During his tenure at TD, Mr. Campbell worked in executive roles in the business as well as Human Resources, encompassing retail, wealth management, and wholesale/corporate banking. From April 1998 to February 2002, Richard completed international secondments in Hong Kong and London, UK with TD Waterhouse. In his role as SVP Human Resources, TD Canada Trust, Richard led a multi-functional team of HR professionals to develop, implement and execute all aspects of HR services supporting a 36,000 employee workforce across Canada. More recently, Richard’s experience as SVP Human Resources with the Ontario Lottery Group has provided him with valuable and practical executive experience in the public service sector. Mr. Campbell holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Economics, and an MA in Economic Geography from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Mr. Fernandez has been with the Company since 2000, having worked in several positions in mine operations, mine planning and project development. Most recently, Mr. Fernandez played a pivotal role in leading Mercedes into production as its Project Manager/General Manager. Mr. Fernandez holds a Masters of Business Administration from Morrison University in Reno, Nevada and degrees in Civil Mining Engineering and Engineering from the University of Chile.
Mr. McKnight joined Yamana as Vice President, Business Development in February 2004. Mr. McKnight has approximately 23 years of mining focused investment banking and corporate experience. Prior to joining Yamana, Mr. McKnight was a director in the investment banking division of Canaccord Capital Corporation (“Canaccord”), a position he held since December 2001. Prior to his tenure at Canaccord, he held various mining related positions including senior roles within other Canadian investment banks and being the President of a publicly traded Canadian junior mining company. During the year prior to joining Yamana, Mr. McKnight was instrumental in his capacity as an investment banker in structuring the reverse takeover transaction and raising the equity for Yamana that enabled the Company to re-capitalize and re-position itself as a gold production company. Mr. McKnight holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
Mr. Murphy joined Yamana in September 2014 as Senior Vice President, Technical Services. Prior to joining Yamana, Mr. Murphy held the position of Vice President Projects, Copper Division at Anglo American Corporation since 2010. Mr. Murphy first joined Anglo American Corporation in 1987 as a junior engineer and he progressed through increasingly senior positions across various divisions in numerous operational and technical capacities on both open pit and underground mines throughout the organization. From 2000 until 2002, Mr. Murphy held management positions at engineering and construction services firms Hatch and Murray & Roberts – Cementation Limited. Mr. Murphy holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of South Africa. He is a certified Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa and a Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute.
Mr. Racine joined Yamana in May 2014. From August 2012 until March 2014, Mr. Racine was President and Chief Operating Officer of Brigus Gold Corp. Prior to joining Brigus, Mr. Racine was Senior Vice President, Mining of Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited where he was responsible for Agnico-Eagle's global mining operations. Mr. Racine joined Agnico-Eagle as a junior Mining Engineer in 1988 taking on progressively senior roles throughout his tenure, including LaRonde Mine Manager, Vice-President Operations Manager, and Senior Vice President Operations. Mr. Racine holds a Bachelor of Mining Engineering degree from Laval University. He is a registered engineer with L'Ordre des Ingenieurs du Quebec, a professional engineer with Professional Engineers Ontario and a member of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers.
Ms. Tsakos joined Yamana as Vice President, Corporate Counsel in December 2007, was appointed Corporate Secretary in November 2009 and Senior Vice President, General Counsel in June 2010. Prior to joining Yamana, Ms. Tsakos was a partner practicing securities law at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP. From 2001 to 2006, Ms. Tsakos was an associate at Goodman and Carr LLP. Ms. Tsakos holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Toronto in Economics and Political Science, a Masters in Business Administration with a focus in Finance from the University of Windsor and a Bachelor of Law also from the University of Windsor.
Mr. Wulftange first joined Yamana through the acquisition of Meridian and has spent over thirty years with Yamana and its predecessor companies. Following a one year appointment as Vice President, Exploration at Andean Resources, Mr. Wulftange rejoined Yamana in January 2011 as Director, Exploration and Business Development. Mr. Wulftange was appointed Vice President, Resources & Reserves and Technical Compliance in July 2013 and assumed the position of Senior Vice President Exploration in January 2014. Mr. Wulftange has held a number of positions with Yamana and its predecessor companies including, Director – Technical Compliance, Chief Geologist and various Business Development positions. Mr. Wulftange has over 30 years of combined experience in exploration, technical compliance and business development with mining companies in the Americas. Mr. Wulftange has a Bachelor of Geology from the University of Colorado and is a founding Registered Member of the Society of Mining Engineers and a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists.
Yamana’s management team has immense experience and expertise. Our team is committed to building and managing a world-class organization focused on serving and delivering results for our shareholders and customers.