John Smith, MBA
President and CEO, Director
Mr. Smith is our President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors. He is responsible for our day to day operations as well as strategic planning and the raising of capital to fund our operations. We have employed Mr. Smith as our President since August 2010 and have entered into an employment agreement with him. Mr. Smith has over 30 years of varied experience in the resources industry. He started his career in the North Sea oil industry and spent the 18 years prior to joining Silver Standard with BHP Billiton, most recently as Vice President, Resourcing and Development, based in Melbourne, Australia. He has worked in various operational, strategic, M&A, and commercial roles within BHP Billiton, including over three years as CEO of the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance, which operates one of the world’s largest coal operations in the Bowen Basin of Queensland, consisting of nine mines, a port, and 4,000 employees. Under his leadership, four of the mines completed significant expansion projects, one new mine was brought into operation, and a tenth mine was developed to within a year of production. He has a BA, Commerce degree from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland, and an MBA from Aberdeen University (Distinction).
W. John DeCooman, M.Sc.
Vice President, Business Development and Strategy
Mr. DeCooman’s experience prior to joining Silver Standard in 2009 includes over 15 years of mining project finance and advisory responsibilities at Candente Resource Corporation, Deutsche Bank, Alex Brown and Standard Bank, as well as corporate positions in finance, business development and exploration. Mr. DeCooman holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science degree from the Colorado School of Mines.
Edward Kirwan, B.Sc.
Vice President, Environment and Community Relations
Mr. Kirwan has over 28 years of experience in the mining industry, of which 20 years were spent in the environmental field. Prior to joining Silver Standard, Mr. Kirwan was the VP-Environmental at KGHM International for 7 years. During his career he has been involved in the permitting, development, management, and closure of mines as well as community relations and sustainable development in 10 countries on four continents. Mr. Kirwan obtained his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (Biology Emphasis) from Northern Arizona University.
Gregory J. Martin, MBA, CGA, P.Eng.
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Martin has served as our Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since January 2012. Before joining Silver Standard, Mr. Martin served as Vice President, Business Development and Treasurer for NovaGold Resources Inc. Prior to that Mr. Martin held executive financial roles with Finning International Inc., Zincore Metals Inc. and Placer Dome Inc. Mr. Martin is a Certified General Accountant, holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario’s Ivey School of Business and is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering.
Alan N. Pangbourne, B.Ap.Sc.
Senior Vice President, Projects
Mr. Pangbourne is our Senior Vice President, Projects. Before joining Silver Standard, Mr. Pangbourne was the Vice President Projects, South America, at Kinross Gold Corporation. Prior to this, he held a number of senior project and operational roles at BHP Billiton, including President and Chief Operating Officer of Cerro Matoso, BHP Billiton’s nickel business in Colombia. He was also the Projects Director for BHP Billiton’s Uranium Division, which includes the Olympic Dam Expansion, and Project Manager for BHP Billiton’s Spence copper project in Chile. Mr. Pangbourne holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Extractive Metallurgy) and a Graduate Diploma in Mineral Processing from the Western Australian School of Mines.
Andrew Sharp, B.Eng., FAusIMM
Vice President, Technical Services
Mr. Sharp has over 25 years of experience in the mining industry covering 8 countries and 5 continents. Prior to joining Silver Standard, Mr. Sharp held positions with Great Panther, Pan American Silver, Ok Tedi Mining and Worsley Alumina among others. Over the last 15 years he has held management roles in the areas of mine engineering, grass roots and brown fields exploration, metallurgical studies and plant design, UG mining, open cut mining, and site general management. His later experience has centered on site management roles and project evaluation. Mr. Sharp graduated with honors from the Kalgoorlie School of Mines with a degree in mine engineering.
Kelly Stark-Anderson, LLB
Vice President, Legal and Corporate Secretary
Ms. Stark-Anderson has over 20 years of experience as a lawyer. Before joining Silver Standard, she ran a law firm providing corporate secretarial, governance and securities compliance services to public, private and crown entities. Prior to starting her own firm, Ms. Stark-Anderson held progressively senior in-house counsel positions with the Spectra Energy group of companies. She also practiced law with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in the firm’s Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver offices. Ms. Stark-Anderson obtained her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts, Honours Economics from the University of Calgary. Ms. Stark-Anderson volunteers as the Chair of the Board of Diving Plongeon Canada, the national governing body for the sport of springboard and tower diving.