Coro is led by a management team of proven mine-finders and developers and supported by an experienced Board of Directors
Luis Albano Tondo
President & Chief Executive Officer
Mr Tondo is a highly experienced mining engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil; an MEngSc from the University of Queensland, Australia; and an MBA from the Fundação Dom Cabral business school in Brazil. He has some 30 years of mining experience in Latin America and prior to joining Coro, spent the seven years as Chief Operating Officer at mid-tier copper and gold producers in Chile, Uruguay and Brazil, where he was responsible for operations, projects and business development activities. Prior to this, he spent five years developing multi-million dollar capital projects for Kinross Gold Corporation in Brazil and Chile, and 16 years in operations roles with Rio Tinto in Brazil. He is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and a Qualified Person for the purposes of NI 43-101.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr Armando Véliz brings to Coro over two decades of accounting and financial experience, largely in South America and the mining sector. He has held a variety of senior accounting, finance and commercial positions at Nyrstar, Latin American Invest Chile and Xstrata. He is an Argentinian certified public accountant in addition to holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.
A graduate of the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, University of London, Mr Stephens has over 40 years of international mining experience. Before co-founding Coro, Mr Stephens was Vice-President of Exploration for First Quantum Minerals, during which time he lived and worked extensively in Chile, Mexico and Brazil. Prior to First Quantum, Mr Stephens spent ten years with Cyprus Amax Minerals Company managing exploration teams in Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia. He is a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists (US) and of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (UK). Mr Stephens is also a qualified person for the purposes of NI 43-101.
Sergio L. Rivera
Vice President of Exploration
Mr Rivera graduated from the Universidad Católica del Norte with a Masters degree in Economic Geology. His 32 years of experience in the exploration of base and precious metals is principally in the Andean Region of Chile, Argentina and Peru. For the past 17 years, and before joining Coro, Mr Rivera was General Manager of Exploraciones Andinas, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Codelco, the world’s largest copper producer where he played a prominent role in the discovery of several world-class ore deposits, which cumulatively contain more than 35 million tonnes of copper.
Vice President of Development
Mr Cortes earned an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters degree in Engineering Sciences from the Catholic University in Chile and an MBA in Environmental Management from the University of Liverpool. His 20 years of experience in mining engineering include roles such as Project Engineer for Los Bronces, Minera Disputada of Las Condes, Hydraulic Discipline Lead for Minera Michilla S.A., Construction Lead for EPC Contract of the El Tesoro Mine, and Project Lead for El Tesoro expansion project.
Vice President Corporate Development & Investor Relations
Mr Bias started his career as an equity analyst at Schroders and Citibank in London, after which he moved into industry, where he managed investor relations for high-growth mining companies Aquarius Platinum and LionOre Mining, and later, led investor relations for the flotation of Glencore, the largest IPO ever in the metals and mining sector. He holds a BA in Law from Durham University and an MBA with a specialisation in Commodity Trading, Shipping and Finance from Université de Genève in Switzerland.
Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary
Mr Towns has over 20 years’ experience in accounting and finance, mostly in the mining sector. Prior to joining Coro, Mr Towns served as Controller for First Quantum Minerals Ltd., and prior to that was an Audit Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Canada. Mr Towns holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Otago and is a Canadian Chartered Accountant, Mr Towns was the CFO of Coro Mining until April 2017 and is currently serving as Corporate Secretary during a handover with Mr Armando Véliz.