Anthony (Tony) Esplin
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Esplin has more than 30 years of experience in the mining industry including over two decades of executive and senior management roles at Tier 1 operations with Newmont and Barrick. Mr. Esplin has a demonstrated track record in developing and operating large-scale mining projects across multiple jurisdictions including Latin America. Most recently Mr. Esplin was Executive Managing Director of Barrick Nuigini Ltd., a joint venture between Barrick and Zijin Mining Group that operates the Porgera Gold Mine, an open pit/underground operation in Papua New Guinea. In this role he was responsible for managing all aspects of the joint venture, including the consultation and negotiation process with stakeholders to extend the Special Mining License. Prior to this, Mr. Esplin was General Manager of Newmont's Merian Mine from 2016 - 2017. In this role Mr. Esplin successfully managed the budgeted US$800 M mine build completion and ramp-up to commercial production, on time and under budget. Mr. Esplin was also General Manager for the Batu Hijau Mine from 2014 - 2016, a large open pit copper-gold operation in Indonesia. Batu Hijau at that time was producing approximately 750,000 tonnes of copper/gold concentrate (+500,000 oz of gold) annually via a flotation processing with a throughput rate of 40 million tpa. Earlier in his career, Mr. Esplin was General Manager Operations at the Yanacocha Mine in Peru, one of the largest gold operations globally, from 2009 - 2011, and played a significant role in Yanacocha's development over the decade prior. Mr. Esplin was also General Manager at the Newmont's Boddington Gold Mine, one of Australia's largest gold and copper producers, from 2011 - 2013, and the Jundee Gold Mine in Western Australia from 2013 - 2014.
Mr. Esplin is an Australian citizen who has lived and worked in Latin America for more than a decade over the course of his career and is fluent in Spanish.