Board Of Directors
Executive Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Mr Burns was Managing Director of Sphere Minerals Limited from 1998 – 2010. During this period, the company acquired and evaluated iron ore properties in Mauritania, West Africa. Sphere was subsequently taken over by Xstrata PLC in November 2010 for $514 million. Mr Burns was also a non-executive Chairman of Shield Mining Limited (Shield), which was spun out of Sphere in 2006. Shield was a gold and base metals exploration company active in Mauritania and was taken over by Gryphon Minerals Limited in mid-2010.
Mr Hills has extensive experience in senior finance roles in public companies listed on the ASX and TSX, the past fourteen years of which have been in mining companies with gold, nickel and copper producing assets.
Prior to committing to join Alta Zinc, he was with Democratic Republic of Congo based copper producer Tiger Resources Limited from 2010 where as Finance Director he was involved with the financing, commissioning and operations of the Kipoi copper project in Katanga province. Before this Mr Hills was Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of Mirabela Nickel Limited from 2006, where he was involved in the company’s listing on the TSX and subsequent capital raisings and the initial syndicated project financing which was completed in 2009 for the Santa Rita nickel mine in Brazil. From 2003 he was the Chief Financial Officer of Botswana-based gold producer Gallery Gold Limited, and since the early 1990’s prior to that was Chief Financial Officer of Scientific Services Limited which provided laboratory services to the resources sector.
Mr Hills is a Chartered Accountant and has a B.Com from the University of Natal and a B.Compt (Hons) from the University of South Africa.
Mr Cardaci is a partner of Gilbert & Tobin’s Corporate Advisory Group. Mr Cardaci advises on a range of corporate and commercial matters including public and private equity fund raisings and public and private mergers, acquisitions and divestment. Mr Cardaci also regularly advises on issues relating to Corporations Act and Australian Securities Exchange Listing Rules. He has cross-border experience, having advised on numerous overseas transactions including capital raisings, takeovers, schemes of arrangements and the structuring of acquisitions and joint ventures in numerous countries. Mr Cardaci has also lectured in the securities law course conducted by the Securities Institute of Australia and is a past committee member of the State Branch of the Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association Limited.
He is currently a director of Manhatten Corporation Limited.
Mr Olsen is Chief Executive Officer, Director of Arete Capital Partners, a resource-focussed global private equity firm. He has had a long career in Private Equity and operational management in the mining industry. He has deep experience in international private equity practice and process having spent several years as an Investment Manager with Nomura Jafco and then General Manager (Australasia) with Advent International, a Boston-based multi-billion dollar international private equity company.
In 2003, Mr Olsen established Polarity Capital, a private equity & advisory firm that specialized in a “hands-on” approach to its investments, with Mr Olsen regularly assuming the CEO role of investee companies for varying durations to provide turnaround and expansion strategies as well as drive and directional clarity. From an operational perspective, he has acquired, managed and run downstream mineral processing operations along with upstream resources assets both in Australia and abroad. His experience encompasses asset/opportunity identification, due diligence, negotiations of acquisition terms and structure, on-going operational reform & improvement through to exit strategies. He has managed exploration programs, JORC- compliant resource estimate programs, mine design and operations primarily across iron ore, silver and rare earth metals.
Mr Olsen has completed a Bachelor of Engineering from Victoria University and a Masters in Business Administration from Melbourne Business School.