Martyn Konig was appointed Chairman in April 2016, having previously been Non-Executive Director on the Board since April 2015. He is currently the Chief Investment Officer for T Wealth Management SA, the private family office for partners and senior management of the Trafigura Group, as well as Non-Executive Chairman at Euromax Resources and Director at Newgold.
Mr Konig has over 35 years of experience in investment banking and the commodity markets as well as extensive experience in the natural resource sector. He was Executive Chairman and President of European Goldfields Limited until its acquisition by Eldorado Gold Corp. in February 2012 and was Chief Executive Officer of the Blackfish Capital Group from 2005 until August 2009. Mr Konig was a main Board Director of NM Rothschild and Sons Ltd. for 15 years and held senior positions at Goldman Sachs and UBS. He is a Barrister and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.
Jesús Fernandez, Non-Executive Director, is currently Head of M&A at Trafigura Group Pte. Ltd. and sits on the board of their mining division. Jesús is a board member of a number of companies including Bowie, Atalaya Mining and Mawson West and is a Principal of the Galena Private Equity Resources Fund. He has more than 15 years of experience in corporate finance, having previously worked for International Power PLC in its project finance division. Jesús holds a Masters in Finance and Investment from Exeter University, and an Honours Degree in Economics from the University of Cantabria.
Anne Fahy, Non-Executive Director, currently sits on the Boards of Interserve Plc and SThree Plc, and Chairs the Audit Committees of both companies. Prior to joining the board of SThree in October 2015, Anne was Chief Financial Officer of BP's Aviation Fuels business, having worked in a variety of finance and finance-related roles in her 27 years at the company. Anne is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and worked at KPMG in Ireland and Australia prior to joining BP in 1988. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University College Galway.
Carole Cable, Non-Executive Director, is currently a Partner of the Brunswick Group, an international communications firm, where she is the joint head of the energy and resources practice specialising in the metals and mining sector.
Prior to her current position, she worked at Credit Suisse and JPMorgan where she was a mining analyst and then moved into institutional equity sales covering the global mining sector as well as Asia ex Japan. Previous to that, she worked for an Australian listed mining company. She is a Member of the Safety, Health and Environment Committee. Ms. Cable holds a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of New South Wales, Australia and is currently on the Board of Women in Mining UK.
Christopher Cox, Non-Executive Director, currently serves on the Trafigura Supervisory Board.
He was also formerly the Head of the Non-ferrous and Bulk trading division at Trafigura and a member of the Trafigura Management Board between March 2004 and December 2011 as well as a member of their Board of Directors from October 2013 until early September 2014. Prior to working for Trafigura, Christopher was employed by Gold Fields of South Africa holding positions in mine and project evaluations and marketing of base metal concentrates and refined metals. Chris was educated in South Africa and holds a BSc (Hons) in Geology and an MBA from University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business.
Hilmar brings to Nyrstar more than 20 years of experience in the metals (zinc, copper, coal and diamonds), paper & packaging and chemicals industries. He has worked at BHP Billiton, Glencore, Mondi, Anglo American and Praxair in senior management roles spanning operations, strategy, business development and R&D. At Glencore and Anglo American he accumulated extensive experience in zinc & lead mining and smelting.
Most recently, he led the successful transformation of Minera Escondida, the largest copper mining and processing project in Chile operated by BHP Billiton. Prior to BHP Billiton, Hilmar led a restructuring and business optimisation project at Glencore’s Kazzinc operation in Kazakhstan for two years. While at Anglo American, Hilmar worked on the Skorpion zinc project in Namibia for four years from pre-feasibility through to commissioning.
He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering and a Masters in Environmental Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a first-class degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Stellenbosch. He also completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School.