Batero Gold Appoints Leonard (Len) Harris to Board of Directors
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Batero Gold Corporation is pleased to announce the appointment of Leonard (Len) Harris to the Board of Directors of the Company. Mr. Harris is a metallurgist with over six decades of experience in the mining sector, including extensive experience building and operating mines in South America and worldwide. He joins Batero as the Company evaluates the most efficient leach processing operation at its Batero-Quinchia gold project in Colombia.
"I would like to welcome Mr. Harris to the Board of Directors of Batero. We are very pleased to have the opportunity to work with Len. In addition to his vast technical expertise, he provides an enormous wealth of knowledge in community and government relations in South America," stated Brandon Rook, President and CEO of the Company. "Mr. Harris will provide valuable technical, environmental and community input as Batero focuses on developing the most efficient and cost effective leach processing circuit at La Cumbre gold deposit."
Mr. Harris held various senior positions at Newmont Mining over 20 years. He was the first General Manager at Newmont's Yanacocha heap leach mine in Peru. Mr. Harris was instrumental in advancing the exploration project through to a mining operation at Yanacocha, which is now the largest gold mine in South America. He later became President & General Manager Newmont Peru and Vice President & General Manager Newmont Latin America. Prior to Newmont, Mr. Harris spent over 15 years at Cerro de Pasco Corporation's smelting, refining and ore processing operation in Peru, his last position as Director of Metallurgy.
Mr. Harris is a member of numerous associations including a Life Member of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (CIM), Member of the Mining and Metallurgy Society of America (MMSA), Member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Inc. (SME), and Member and former Director of the Peruvian Institute of Mining Engineers (IIMP). He has also chaired numerous committees including twice Chairman International Gold Symposium, Lima, Peru, and Chairman International Congress on Environmental, Safety and Social Responsibilities in Mining and Metallurgy, Lima, Peru. Len Harris and his wife, Rosa Harris, are recipients of a special SME award in recognition of their efforts to improve mining and community conditions.
Mr. Harris is a currently a Consultant and Director of a number of exploration and development companies.