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Board of Directors

David Laing

David Laing

Independent Board Chair

Jorge A. Ganoza

Jorge A. Ganoza

President, CEO and Director

Kylie Dickson

Kylie Dickson

Independent Director

David Farrell

David Farrell

Independent Director

Kate Harcourt

Kate Harcourt

Independent Director

Mario Szotlender

Mario Szotlender

Director

Alfredo Sillau

Alfredo Sillau

Independent Director

Executive Leadership Team

Jorge A. Ganoza

Jorge A. Ganoza

President, CEO and Director

Linda Desaulniers

Linda Desaulniers

Corporate Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

Luis D. Ganoza

Luis D. Ganoza

Chief Financial Officer

Cesar E. Velasco

Cesar E. Velasco

Chief Operating Officer – Latin America

Paul Criddle

Paul Criddle

Chief Operating Officer – West Africa

Paul Weedon

Paul Weedon

Senior Vice President, Exploration

Eric Chapman

Eric Chapman

Senior Vice President, Technical Services

Management Leadership Team

Manuel Ruiz-Conejo

Manuel Ruiz-Conejo

Senior Vice President, Mining

Jose Pacora

Jose Pacora

Senior Vice President, Special Projects

Carlos Manrique

Carlos Manrique

Vice President, Operations – Latin America

David Whittle

David Whittle

Vice President, Operations – West Africa

Julien Baudrand

Julien Baudrand

Vice President, Sustainability – West Africa

Eric Gratton

Eric Gratton

General Manager External Relations – West Africa

Rafael Helguero

Rafael Helguero

Country Head, Peru

Luiz Camargo

Luiz Camargo

Country Head, Mexico

Wilber Zamora

Wilber Zamora

Country Head, Argentina

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David Laing

David Laing

Independent Board Chair

David Laing joined the Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. Board in 2016. David is a mining engineer and independent mining executive with global experience. He was formerly Chief Operating Officer for Equinox Gold, True Gold Mining, and COO and EVP of Quintana Resources Capital. David was an original executive of Endeavour Mining, a gold producer in West Africa. He previously held senior positions in mining investment banking and debt advisory at Endeavour Financial, Standard Bank, MRDI, Bema Gold, and various roles at Billiton.

 

Chair of the Sustainability Committee and a Member of the Compensation Committee.

Jorge A. Ganoza

Jorge A. Ganoza

President, CEO and Director

Jorge A. Ganoza co-founded Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. in 2004 and currently serves as our President and CEO and as a Director on our Board. Jorge is an experienced geological engineer who has worked on mineral exploration, mining and business development projects throughout Latin America since 1995. Before founding Fortuna, he worked in business development at senior levels for several private and public Canadian junior mining companies operating in Central and South America. He graduated from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 1995. Jorge served as director of Ferreycorp from March 2017 to July 2020.

Kylie Dickson

Kylie Dickson

Independent Director

Kylie Dickson joined the Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. Board in 2017. Kylie is a CPA,CA who has worked with companies throughout the mining lifecycle and played a pivotal role in multiple financings and M&A transactions. She was most recently the VP, Business Development at Equinox Gold and, before that, VP, Business Development at Trek Mining. Kylie previously worked as CFO for JDL Gold, Anthem United and Esperanza Resources, and served as the Corporate Controller of Minefinders.

 

Chair of the Audit Committee and Member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee.

David Farrell

David Farrell

Independent Director

David Farrell joined the Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. Board in 2013. David has over 25 years of corporate and mining experience and founded Davisa Consulting, a private consulting firm working with global mining companies, in 2011. Prior to creating Davisa, he worked at boutique investment banking firm Endeavour Financial and Canadian law firm Stikeman Elliott. As managing director of M&A, David has negotiated, structured, and closed more than US$25 billion worth of M&A and structured financing transactions for natural resource companies. He graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BComm (Honours, Finance) and an LLB and holds the ICD.D designation from the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management and the Institute of Corporate Directors.

 

Chair of the Compensation Committee, Chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committees and Member of the Audit Committee.

Kate Harcourt

Kate Harcourt

Independent Director

Kate Harcourt is a sustainability professional with over 30 years of experience, principally in the mining industry. Kate has worked with a number of mining companies and as a consultant for International Finance Corp. Kate received a BSc Hons, Environmental Science, from Sheffield University and a MSc Environmental Technology, from Imperial College, London, and is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and a Member of the Institution of Environmental Scientists.   

 

Member of the Sustainability Committee.

Mario Szotlender

Mario Szotlender

Director

Mario Szotlender co-founded Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. in 2004 and currently serves as a Director on our Board. Mario holds a degree in International Relations and is fluent in several languages. He has successfully directed Latin American affairs for numerous private and public companies since 1985, including various mineral exploration and development joint ventures in Central and South America. Previously, he served as President of Rusoro Mining, formerly Mena Resources.

 

Member of the Sustainability Committee.

Alfredo Sillau

Alfredo Sillau

Independent Director

Alfredo Sillau joined the Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. Board in 2016. Alfredo is Managing Partner, CEO and Director of Faro Capital, an investment management firm that manages mutual, private equity and real estate funds. Previously, he headed the business development in Peru for Compass Group, a regional investment management firm, until late 2011. As CEO of Compass, Alfredo actively took part in the structuring, promoting and management of investment funds valued at approximately US$500 million. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School.

 

Member of the Audit, Compensation, and Corporate Governance and Nominating Committees.

Jorge A. Ganoza

Jorge A. Ganoza

President, CEO and Director

Jorge A. Ganoza co-founded Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. in 2004 and currently serves as our President, CEO and as a Director on our Board. Jorge is an experienced geological engineer who has worked on mineral exploration, mining and business development projects throughout Latin America since 1995. Before founding Fortuna, he worked in business development at senior levels for several private and public Canadian junior mining companies operating in Central and South America. He graduated from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 1995. Jorge served as director of Ferreycorp from March 2017 to July 2020.

Linda Desaulniers

Linda Desaulniers

Corporate Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

Linda Desaulniers was appointed Corporate Counsel to Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. in 2018. Linda has wide-ranging legal experience with a mix of leading Canadian and foreign public companies, primarily in the mining industry.  She graduated from the University of East Anglia with LLB (Hons) in 1987 and is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Law Society of England and Wales.

Luis D. Ganoza

Luis D. Ganoza

Chief Financial Officer

Luis D. Ganoza has held the position of CFO at Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. since 2006. Luis has worked in operations and financial management of mining companies since 2000. Before joining Fortuna, he was the Controller and Treasurer for Minera Atacocha (subsequently acquired by Votorantim Group) one of Peru's largest public mining companies. Luis has a BSc in Mining Engineering from the Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria in Peru, and an MSc in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics. He also serves as Board Chair for Atico Mining.

Cesar E. Velasco

Cesar E. Velasco

Chief Operating Officer – Latin America

Cesar E. Velasco, designated leader for the Fortuna-Roxgold integration, joined Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. in 2018 and held the position of Country Head, Peru until August 2021. A skilled executive with over 22 years of global experience in the mining and manufacturing industry, Cesar has held senior management positions in large private and public multinational companies throughout Latin America, including EXSA, ENAEX-EXSA JV, and Dyno Nobel Latin America. He has a BSc in Marine Biology from the Universidad de Bogota Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Colombia and graduated from an Executive Program for Mergers and Acquisitions from Stanford Graduate School of Business in the U.S. Cesar serves as a member on the boards of the Sociedad Nacional de Minería, Petroleo y Energía and of the International Society of Explosives Engineers.

Paul Criddle

Paul Criddle

Chief Operating Officer – West Africa

Paul Criddle, a metallurgist, has more than 20 years of operating and project development experience. He recently held the position of Managing Director at Matador Mining and also served as a director of Roxgold. From 2012 to 2018, Paul was COO at Roxgold. Previously, he was the COO at Azimuth Resources where he was responsible for resource growth and development studies. Prior to that, Paul held the position of the Acting COO of Perseus Mining where he was responsible for operations at the Edikan Gold Mine in Ghana and the feasibility study for the Tengrela Gold Project in Cote d'Ivoire. Before joining Perseus, he managed the construction, commissioning and operation of the Sabodala Gold Project for Mineral Deposits. Paul has also held a variety of senior technical roles at Placer Dome/Barrick in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Tanzania.

Paul Weedon

Paul Weedon

Senior Vice President, Exploration

Paul Weedon is a senior geologist with more than 30 years of international mining industry experience in exploration, development and production in Africa and Australasia. Prior to joining Fortuna Silver Mines Inc., Paul was Exploration Director, Australia, at Newmont Mining. Before that he was Newmont’s Exploration Director, Ghana, for more than five years. Over that period he led the team that discovered the +2 Moz Apensu underground deposit. Paul also held the positions of VP, Business Development, Africa, and Geology Manager, West Africa, with AngloGold Ashanti. He holds a BSc in Geology from Curtin University of Technology in Australia.  He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG).

Eric Chapman

Eric Chapman

Senior Vice President, Technical Services

Eric Chapman is a geologist with over 20 years of experience. Having joined Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. in 2011 he was appointed VP, Technical Services in 2017. Eric is a certified professional geologist in British Columbia, Canada, and serves as Fortuna´s Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101. Before he joined Fortuna, he was a Senior Consultant for Snowden Mining Industry Consultants working on a variety of mine and exploration projects in Africa and the Americas. Eric has a BSc in Geology from the University of Southampton, and an MSc in Mining Geology from the Camborne School of Mines.

Manuel Ruiz-Conejo

Manuel Ruiz-Conejo

Senior Vice President, Mining

Manuel Ruiz-Conejo held the position of VP, Operations from 2011 until August 2021. He joined Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. as VP, Business Development in 2008 and was appointed VP, Project Development in 2009. Manuel is a mining engineer and executive with extensive engineering, financial, and community relations experience in Peru. As an executive, he devised and supervised the execution of several multimillion-dollar mining deals. Before joining Fortuna, Manuel was Chief Operating Manager of Minera Atacocha, now Nexa Resources. He graduated from the Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería in Peru in 1987 and graduated from the Executive Management Program at the Universidad de Piura in Peru in 2001.

Jose Pacora

Jose Pacora

Senior Vice President, Special Projects

Jose Pacora joined Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. as Corporate Project Manager in 2012, then held the position of VP Project Development from 2014 to 2021. Jose is a mechanical engineer with extensive engineering, construction and project management experience. Before joining Fortuna, Jose was a Project Manager for Pan American Silver, Engineering Manager at Kilborn Peru, subsidiary of Kilborn-SNC Lavalin, and worked at Kilborn Engineering in Denver, Colorado. He graduated as mechanical engineer from the Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria in Peru in 1980.

Carlos Manrique

Carlos Manrique

Vice President, Operations – Latin America

Carlos Manrique has been with Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. since 2010 and has held senior management positions at each of the company’s three mines in the region. He has over 20 years’ experience related to operational, project management and technical services. Carlos graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú with a mining engineering degree and holds a Master of Business Administration with focus on strategic planning from CEMTRUM - PUCP business school. Before joining Fortuna, Carlos held different operational and technical services positions in Volcan Compañía Minera and Pan American Silver.

David Whittle

David Whittle

Vice President, Operations – West Africa

David Whittle has more than 30 years of mining operations experience across several commodities and locations including the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Saudi Arabia and Russia. Since 2019 he has been responsible for the operational performance of the Yaramoko Mine in Burkina Faso where he implemented strategies to lower costs and improve efficiency. David has a BSc in Mining from the University of Staffordshire, and a Master of Enterprise degree from Melbourne University.

Julien Baudrand

Julien Baudrand

Vice President, Sustainability – West Africa

Julien Baudrand has 25 years’ experience in social and environmental management. He spent his first 10 years in the public sector before taking his skills to the mining industry in Africa. Julien has a BSc in Biological Sciences from Université Grenoble in France and holds a MSc in Ecology from Université Aix-Marseille III in France and a MSc Water Sciences from Institut national de recherche scientifique (INRS) in Canada. Julien also studied Forest Engineering at Laval University, and Management at École nationale d'administration publique (ENAP) in Canada.

Eric Gratton

Eric Gratton

General Manager External Relations – West Africa

Eric Gratton is a CPA with over 30 years of experience in management and has spent the last 13 years in mining industry finance. Eric also covered operational support and government relations both in West Africa and Canada. Prior to his career in the mining industry, he worked as an officer in the Canadian Army for 22 years where he held numerous positions including a six-month deployment in Afghanistan as Resource Management Director for the Canadian contingent. In the mining sector, he has worked for SEMAFO, Glencore and Nordgold before joining Roxgold as Commercial Manager in 2015.

Rafael Helguero

Rafael Helguero

Country Head, Peru

Rafael Helguero is the Country Head at Minera Bateas S.A.C., the Peruvian subsidiary of Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. that operates our Caylloma Mine in Arequipa. He joined Minera Bateas in 2013 as Administration and Finance Manager and from 2017 to 2018 temporarily served as the Administration and Finance Manager of Mansfield Minera, our Argentinian subsidiary that operates the Lindero Mine in Salta. Rafael has over 20 years’ experience in various management roles in finance, organization and business development, including process improvement, innovation and cultural transformation, in the banking, agribusiness and mining sectors. Rafael holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Piura in Peru and an MBA from RSM Erasmus University in the Netherlands.

Luiz Camargo

Luiz Camargo

Country Head, Mexico

Luiz Camargo joined Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. in 2017 and is the Country Head at Compañía Minera Cuzcatlán S.A. de C.V., the Mexican subsidiary of Fortuna that operates our San Jose Mine in Oaxaca. Prior to that, Luiz was Cuzcatlán’s Director of Finance and Corporate Affairs until 2019. He has over 40 years of extensive global experience related to primary industries in mining, steel, cement and paper. Luiz has held senior positions in several multinational companies, including Corporación Moctezuma in Mexico City, and Anglo American Plc in London, São Paulo and Luxembourg. He is a public accountant with a degree in Financial Administration from Campos Salles University in Brazil and has a diploma in the Top Management program from IPADE in Mexico.

Wilber Zamora

Wilber Zamora

Country Head, Argentina

Wilber Zamora is the Country Head at Minera Mansfield S.A., the Argentinian subsidiary of Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. that operates our Lindero Project in Salta. Previously, Wilber, an experienced mining engineer, was the Core Business Manager at Minera Bateas S.A.C., which runs our Caylloma Mine in Arequipa. He graduated with an engineering degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru, holds a Masters of Engineering from McGill University in Canada, and completed an Executive Management Program at the Universidad de Piura in Peru.