Sofia Bianchi has extensive experience in banking, fund management and mergers & acquisitions (M&A). She is currently Portfolio Manager with BlueCrest Capital Management. She held the position of Deputy Managing Director of the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund with Standard Bank London from 2002 to 2007. She previously held a senior position with the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development. From 1987 to 1992, she was a member of a global M&A advisory team, Prudential Bache Capital Funding, where she initiated, structured and executed cross-border M&A transactions. She holds a BA in Economics from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. and an MBA from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in May 2008 and is a member of the Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees.
Board Of Directors
1. Sofia Bianchi (Non-Executive Director) +-
2. Michael Carvill (Managing Director) +-
Michael Carvill is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland (FIEI). He holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering (Queen’s University, Belfast) and an MBA (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania). He worked as a contracts engineer in Algeria and as a project engineer at Tara Mines, Ireland. He has been the Managing Director of Kenmare since 1986.
3. Terence Fitzpatrick (Technical Director) +-
Terence Fitzpatrick is a graduate of University of Ulster (Mech. Eng.). He worked as Project Manager and then Technical Director of Kenmare from 1990 to 1999. He was responsible for the development of the Ancuabe Graphite Mine, which achieved completion on schedule and budget in 1994. He was appointed to the Board of Kenmare in 1994. He served as a Non-Executive Director from 2000 to 2008. He was appointed as Technical Director in February 2009.
4. Elizabeth Headon (Non-Executive Director) +-
Elizabeth Headon has over 15 years’ experience in issue management, corporate affairs and social responsibility. She was Chief Executive of the Digicel Foundation Haiti and an advisor to the Prime Minister of Haiti. Previously she was a Director of Ireland’s leading communications consultancy and worked in Mozambique on the Kenmare-Moma Development Association strategy. She has an MBA from University College Dublin, and a BA and MA from the National University of Ireland, Galway. She was elected to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in May 2011 and is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Nomination and Audit Committees.
5. Justin Loasby (Chairman and Non-Executive Director) +-
Justin Loasby has extensive experience of international corporate finance. A graduate of Oxford University and the London Business School (MA and M.Sc. Econ), his early career was at Morgan Grenfell & Co. Ltd and at 3i plc. He held senior management positions at the European Investment Bank, Luxembourg, notably from 1994 to 2005 heading up the EIB’s financing operations in Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean. He represented the EIB as shareholder/director in a number of companies, including the African Lion Mining Fund. He retired from EIB in 2007, and continues to work in a private capacity, including currently on the Investment Committee of the AIC Caribbean Fund. He was appointed to the Board in August 2011 and appointed Chairman of the Company in January 2012. He is Chairman of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.
6. Anthony Lowrie (Non-Executive Director) +-
Anthony Lowrie has over forty year’s association with the equities business. He was a partner with Hoare Govett, London from 1976 until 1986 when it was sold to Security Pacific. He then became a member of the main Board of Security Pacific Hoare Govett for a period from 1986 to 1991. He led a management buyout of Asian Equities in 1991 and became Chairman of HG Asia Securities in 1991. He held this position until HG Asia Securities was sold to ABN Amro Bank in 1996 at which point he assumed the role of Chairman for ABN Amro Asia Securities until 2004. He was formerly also a Managing Director of ABN Amro Bank. He has been a Non-Executive Director in several quoted Asian closed-end funds. He is a Director of the Edinburgh Dragon Fund. He has been a Non-Executive Director of Dragon Oil plc, and had, for 18 years, been a Non-Executive Director of J D Wetherspoon plc. In September 2012, he was appointed as the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Petra Diamonds Limited, a FTSE 250 diamond mining and exploration company. He was elected to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in 2006.
7. Tony McCluskey (Financial Director) +-
Tony McCluskey has worked with Kenmare since 1991. He was originally appointed as Company Secretary and Financial Controller, before becoming Financial Director in 1999. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Cork and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Before joining Kenmare, he worked for a number of years with Deloitte & Touche as a senior manager in Dublin and also worked overseas.
8. Steven McTiernan (Non-Executive Director) +-
Steven McTiernan has over forty years of diverse natural resources industry and investment banking experience with Amoco, BP, NatWest Markets, CIBC and the Chase Manhattan Bank where he was Senior Vice President. He served as Senior Independent Director at Tullow Oil plc for 11 years until January 2013, was an Independent Director at First Quantum Minerals Ltd. until June 2012, and an Independent Director at Songa Offshore SE until January 2014. He received an MA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge. He was appointed to the Board in March 2013. He is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees.
9. Gabriel Smith (Non-Executive Director) +-
Gabriel Smith is an independent consultant and private investor. He sits on several boards representing companies in different industries. He began his career as a loan officer at Citibank London. He was Managing Director of Ingenior Christen Smith AS, a technical trading company. He then joined Tinfos, a Norwegian silicomanganese, pig iron and titanium dioxide producer as Chief Executive Officer from 1990 to 2007. From 2003 to 2006 he held the position of Chairman of Pan Fish ASA, and from 2007 to 2009 he held the position as Chairman of Lighthouse Caledonia, a public seafood company. He received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Dartmouth College and has an MBA from Amos Tuck School in the US. He was appointed to the Board in March 2013 and is a member of the Remuneration, Nomination and Audit Committees.