Mr. Read has served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and director of the Company since January 15, 1999. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Read was Managing Director of Investment Banking ay Merrill Lynch in London. Previous to that, Mr. Read was an Investment Banker and the Head of Mining at Smith New Court, London.
Mr. Read has a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) degree from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland and is a fellow of the Securities Institute.
Ted Button joined the company as Chief Financial Officer in February 2001. Mr. Button has more than 20 years of mining industry experience gained at Rio Tinto. Mr. Button holds an MBA from London Business School and a MA in Mathematics from St. John's College, University of Oxford.
Bernard Pryor joined the company as Chief Operating Officer in August 1999, and a director of the Company since October 3, 2003. Mr. Pryor is a chartered Metallurgical Engineer from the Royal School of Mines, London and has over 18 years experience in the international mining industry, including senior management positions in mine operations, engineering consultancy and project development. Mr. Pryor previously worked for Western Pinnacle Mining Ltd, Minproc Engineers Ltd and JCI Ltd.
Mr Colette is a Civil Metallurgical Engineer from the Liège University with 28 years mining industry experience in management and consultancy and 15 years as a senior manager with Gécamines, the state owned mining company in the DRC.