Senior Management

Chaarat’s Board and management are deeply invested in the Company and their interests are fully aligned with shareholders. More than 40 per cent of the Company is owned by the management and Chairman with an incentive programme entirely paid in locked-in shares and options.

The Company’s senior management brings global industrial expertise in building mines and managing them, at spotting untapped exploration potential, and at optimising opportunities via cost-effective discovery.

Artem Volynets

Chief Executive Officer

Appointment:  26 March 2018

Artem Volynets

Mr Volynets has more than 20 years’ experience in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, and senior corporate management roles.  During this time, he has led private and public transactions worth more than US$30 billion and managed leading businesses in the metals and mining industry.
His M&A, capital markets and executive experience in the mining sector, combined with his global industry and investor connections in Russia and Asia, will be invaluable to progress the Chaarat Project and achieve further growth based on acquisitions in Central Asia and the FSU.
Artem founded ACG Amur Capital Group Ltd which is an advisory and investment management firm in 2014.

Chris Eger

Chief Financial Officer

Appointment:  July 2018

Chris Eger

Mr Eger has extensive financial, M&A and commercial expertise in the metals and mining sector, gained over a 20-year career in investment banking, metals trading and private equity. He was previously the chief financial officer of Nyrstar NV, where he played a major role in developing and implementing the Company’s transformation strategy in addition to strengthening the balance sheet. Prior to that, he was M&A director at Trafigura AG and a member of the investment banking group of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he worked with metals and mining companies on debt and equity financing and M&A. He also worked as a director in the global metals and mining group at BMO.

Darin Cooper

Chief Operating Officer

Appointment:  April 2019

Darin Cooper

Mr Cooper joined Chaarat with more than 30 years’ experience in the metals and mining industry spanning operations, projects, restructuring and culture change. Immediately prior to joining Chaarat, Darin was Head of Mining at Fusion Capital, a Swiss investment firm, where he was responsible for due diligence of potential projects, assessment of early stage exploration projects, and development of capital and operating plans for proven development assets. Darin held senior roles at Nyrstar, the global multi-metals business, from 2012-2017, latterly as Vice President, Zinc Smelting. He has also served as COO of Talvivaara Mining Company (Finland) where he worked with the Finnish government, creditors and investors to secure financing options during their restructuring. Darin started his career at the Rio Tinto-Zinc Corporation. He obtained a BEng in Metallurgy from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and an MBA from the Open University Business School, Great Britain.

Dorian (Dusty) Nicol

Senior Vice President, Exploration

Appointment:  March 2018

Dorian (Dusty) Nicol

Dorian L. (Dusty) Nicol, President and CEO is a geologist with over 40 years of international experience in minerals exploration and mine development and operations. Most of his experience has been in copper, silver and gold. He has designed and managed succesful exploration programs throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa and the Pacific. Mr. Nicol holds a B.Sc. in Geology from M.I.T. and an M.A. in Geology from Indiana University and has been elected Fellow to the Society of Economic Geologists, to the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and to the London Geological Society. He is also a Registered Member of the Society of Mining Engineers. He speaks six languages.

Davron Vakhabov

General Director (Kyrgyz Republic)

Appointment:  May 2017

Davron Vakhabov

20 years of experience in both greenfield and brownfield project development. Formerly a senior project team member during construction of Amulsar Gold Mine in Armenia. Previous experience in original mine construction at the Çöpler mine and subsequent plant and heap leach expansion projects.

David Tovmasyan

General Director Kapan (Armenia)

Appointment:  November 2018

David Tovmasyan

20 years of operations management and engineering experience, including leadership roles and oversight of open pit, underground mining and ore processing operations. Previous experience with Freeport McMoRan, Zangezur CMC and Dundee Precious Metals (Kapan).