Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Wang, has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer on June 1, 2018.
Mr. Wang is a seasoned mining professional, having accumulated over 30 years of project management and operational experience and has worked on a number of mining projects in Mongolia and across the globe. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Wang was Manager of QHSE (Quality, Health, Safety and Environment) at China Nonferrous Metal Industry’s Foreign Engineering and Construction Co., Ltd. (Shenzhen Stock Exchange: 000758) (“NFC”) from March 2017 until May 2018, during which he was responsible for project quality control, health, environmental protection, and workplace health and safety matters. Mr. Wang held various senior project management positions at different international mining projects operated by NFC and its parent company, China Nonferrous Metal Mining (Group) Co. Ltd. (“CNMC”), including Project Manager of the Chambishi copper mine, a large-scale copper mine in Zambia, and Project Manager and Vice President from 2000 to 2006 and Chief Executive Officer from 2011 to 2017 of Tsairt Mineral LLC, the parent company of the Tumurtiin-Ovoo zinc mine in Mongolia.
Mr. Wang is a certified engineer and obtained his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Kunming University of Science and Technology in China in 1989 and a master’s degree in business administration from Renmin University in China in 2013.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Zhang has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer on June 1, 2018.
Mr. Zhang has over 30 years of experience in financial accounting, auditing and corporate finance. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Zhang spent over 30 years working in a number of different senior finance roles in NFC and CNMC’s various subsidiaries and global offices, including as President of NFC’s Kyrgyzstan office (November 2012 to December 2017), Deputy Manager of NFC’s audit department (January 2003 to January 2004) and Chief Financial Officer of Guangdong Zhujiang Rare Metal Co. Ltd (January 2004 to September 2007), during which he was responsible for financial and accounting management. He was the Vice Manager of NFC’s corporate development (investment) department (September 2007 to November 2012). Most recently, Mr. Zhang served as Manager of the cost control department of the first construction division of NFC (December 2017 to May 2018).
Mr. Zhang obtained his bachelor’s degree (September 1982 to July 1986) in economics at Dongbei University of Finance and Economics in China.
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Guo has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer on June 1, 2018.
Mr. Guo is a certified engineer with over 20 years of project management experience. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Guo was Deputy Chief Engineer at Shanxi Hongsha First Construction Co., Ltd. (“Shanxi Hongsha”) from January 2014 until May 2018, during which he was responsible for technical management. Mr. Guo spent over 9 years working in various management capacities in Shanxi Hongsha’s Mongolia project department.
Mr. Guo holds a bachelor’s degree (September 1991 to June 1995) in survey engineering from the China University of Mining and Technology.
Mr. Zhang has been appointed as a vice president of the Company and as a director of various of the Company’s subsidiaries, with effect from July 3, 2018. Prior joining the Company, Mr. Zhang was the senior supervisor of the corporate development (investment) department of NFC from June 2016 to May 2018. He joined NFC in March 2007 and has served as a manager in the sales and human resources departments and as a superintendent of the general manager’s office in Tsairt Mineral LLC, the parent company of the Tumurtiin-Ovoo zinc mine in Mongolia, from November 2007 to December 2012. Between December 2012 and June 2016, Mr. Zhang was a supervisor in the quality, health, safety and environment department of NFC.
Mr. Zhang is a certified safety engineer in China. Mr. Zhang obtained his bachelor’s degree in mining and geotechnical in 2004 and a master’s degree in mining and safety engineering management in 2006 from the Central South University in China.
President and Executive Director, SouthGobi Sands LLC
Mr. Munkhbat Chuluun has been appointed as President and Executive Director of SouthGobi Sands LLC effective September 7, 2015. Prior to this, Mr. Munkhbat has served as Interim President and Executive Director of SouthGobi Sands LLC since March 26, 2015. He joined the Company as an Advisor in 2012 and later was appointed as the General Manager of Government Relations and Compliance of SouthGobi Sands. Before joining the Company, Mr. Munkhbat was a Project Director at Asian Development Bank funded project and a Coordinator at World Bank project.
Mr. Munkhbat has a Bachelor of Law from the Institute of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Leningrad, Russia. He also earned a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Administration from the Academy of Management in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. In 1998, Mr. Munkhbat has graduated University of Waikato, New Zealand with Master of Social Science majoring in Public Policy and Administration. Mr. Munkhbat also serves as Honorary Consul of New Zealand to Mongolia.
Allison Snetsinger has rejoined SouthGobi as Corporate Secretary in November 2014. Ms. Snetsinger was the Corporate Secretary of the Company from May 2012 to March 2014. Prior to her position as Corporate Secretary, she held the position of assistant corporate secretary since the Company's Canadian initial public offering in December 2003.
Ms. Snetsinger spent over 10 years providing regulatory and corporate services to public and private companies, primarily in mining and resource development. She is a member of the Canadian Society for Corporate Secretaries.