Mr Craig Dawson
Chief Executive Officer
Mr Dawson has over 30 years’ experience in the Australian and international mining industry. During this time, he has held senior operational positions at a number of highly successful mid-tier and global mining companies. These inlcude Mining / General Manager with the Lion Ore/Norlisk Nickel Group for their operations in Western Australia, General Manager for the Nifty Copper Mine for Aditya Birla and General Manager Operations at Sandfire’s flagship DeGrussa Copper Mine.
Mr Dawson has also held numerous Executive roles including Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Noble Mineral Resources, Managing Director of Northern Mining Limited and Non-Executive Director of Indochine Mining Limited.
Mr Dawson’s corporate, project development and operational experience provides a strong and capable background upon which to be able to successfully manage/direct a mining company, coordinate feasibility studies &/or provide senior management to operating mines or new development projects.
Mr Dawson holds a Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Applied Science (Mine Engineering), Associate Diploma in Mining and Mineral Technology (Mine Surveying), First Class Mine Managers Certificate, WA, is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and is a Graduate & Member - Australian Institute of Company Directors
Mr Albert Longo
Chief Financial Officer
Mr Longo has nearly 40 years’ experience predominantly in the Australian gold mining industry and has been involved in a number of gold operations start-ups in both Australia and overseas, including Norths Mining Kanowna Belle gold mine. His experience also includes several senior roles at heavy engineering manufacturers
A qualified Chartered Accountant and experienced commercial and corporate executive, Mr Longo has held a broad range of senior corporate, commercial, operational and financial roles in his career to date.
He was previously Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary with Cleveland Mining Company (Brazil based gold mining operation), General Manager – Commercial with Focus Minerals, Chief Financial Officer at Allied Gold and held senior financial and executive positions with Normandy, North Limited and Pancontinental Mining.
Dr Klaus Petersen
President, Brazil Operations
M.Sc (Mineralogy & Petrology), PhD (Mineralogy & Petrology), AusIMM,CREAM.Sc (Mineralogy & Petrology), PhD (Mineralogy & Petrology), AusIMM,CREA
Dr Petersen is a Brazilian national with over 20 years' experience in the Brazilian resources industry. Dr Petersen has spent the last eight years in management roles at ASX listed, Brazilian focused companies where he was responsible for project generation and exploration. This includes six years as Chief Geologist at Centaurus Resources (now Centaurus Metals) where he was one of the co-founders.
Prior to this time, Dr Petersen worked with Vale's exploration division on gold targets in Brazil's Iron Quadrangle and later completed his PhD on Anglo Gold Ashanti’s Serra Grande mine in Goiás State, Brazil. In 2003 he moved to Australia to work with the University of Western Australia on the gold mineralisation of complex hydrothermal systems in the Western Australia’s goldfields.
As a Brazilian geologist Dr Petersen has developed an extensive commercial network in Brazil ranging from drilling companies and laboratories to project vendors.
Dr Marcelo de Carvalho
VP Brazil & Chief Geologist
M.Sc (Metalogeny), PhD (Metalogeny & Geochemistry), CREA
Prior to joining Orinoco, Dr de Carvalho spent seven years working with Yamana Gold Inc, a large Canadian gold company, most recently as the Generative Exploration Manager for Brazil. During this time, Dr de Carvalho was instrumental in identifying new opportunities for Yamana Gold and advancing its exploration projects, including the 150,000ozpa Pilar Gold Mine through to feasibility study and mine construction.
Prior to working at Yamana Gold, Dr de Carvalho worked for Anglo Gold as a geologist in the exploration division in the Amazon region and as a contractor for Vale. In addition to Dr de Carvalho's Brazilian exploration experience, he has conducted exploration campaigns and due diligence work throughout South America, working in countries including Honduras, Nicaragua, British Guiana and Argentina.
Mr Richard Crew
in-country General Manager Operations
Mr Crew has a wealth of knowledge of Brazilian mining operations built up over 30 years in both open pit and underground mines. Most recently, he was Consultant General Manager Projects for the Sáo Bento Group, a private mining group operating two gold mines in the States of Mato Gross and Para producing a combined total of 100,000oz per annum of gold. In this role, he successfully managed a Bankable Feasibility Study and construction of a 2Mtpa gravity/CIL processing plant.
He has previously held a wide range of senior operational and executive positions in Brazil including as a senior mining consultant, as General Mine Manager for Cleveland Mining Company, Chief Operating Officer for Galantas Gold Corporation and General Manager and Projects Manager for AIM-listed gold and diamond company Target Resources PLC