Rui Feng, Ph. D., Geology
Dr. Feng has worked as both a geologist and an executive in the mineral resource industry for over 17 years and is the current CEO, Chairman and director of Silvercorp Metals Inc. He is an entrepreneur with an extensive track record in successfully acquiring and exploring mineral properties and ultimately turning them into profitable mining operations. Dr. Rui Feng obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Geology in China and his Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada in 1992. He was awarded a Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the National Engineering and Science Council of Canada from April 1992 to April 1993 to work as a Research Scientist at the University of Montreal. From 1993 to 1994, Dr. Feng worked for the Institute of Sedimentary and Petroleum Geology of the Geological Survey of Canada in Calgary as research scientist.
Mr. Neal has extensive experience in the metals and mining sector, capital markets and government communications. He was most recently the Vice President of Corporate Development for Silvercorp Metals Inc., New Pacific’s largest shareholder. Previous to that role he held the same position at MAG Silver Corp. Mr. Neal’s career also saw him working in the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada as a senior communications advisor. Mr. Neal will be responsible for overseeing the management team in Bolivia, working to develop the recently acquired Alcira properties (see news releases of April 10, 2017 and June 20, 2017). The team’s primary focus will be establishing strong community and government relations accompanied by an extensive drill program at the Company’s flagship Silver Sand property.
Jalen Yuan, C.P.A., C.A.
Chief Financial Officer
Jalen Yuan is a professional accountant with over nine years of diverse international experience in financial reporting, auditing, internal control, and accounting. Mr. Yuan is a member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia (“CPA, CA – BC”). Mr. Yuan has also held the position of financial controller at Silvercorp Metals Inc. for over five years. Prior to joining the mining industry, Mr. Yuan had three years audit experience with Grant Thornton LLP where he focused on audits of financial information and internal controls for Canadian companies. Mr. Yuan has a Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Laurentian University, Canada and a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from Tongji University, China.
Robert Cinits, P. Geo
Vice President, Corporate Development
Mr. Cinits has over 30 years of experience in the mineral resources industry with an extensive background in corporate development, M&A, exploration, project development, QA/QC, engineering studies, and NI 43-101 reports. Prior to joining New Pacific, Mr. Cinits held the positions of Chief Operating Officer with Mason Resources Corp. and Vice President, Corporate Development with Entrée Resources Ltd. Mr. Cinits received his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from University of Toronto. Mr. Cinits is also a P.Geo registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of British Columbia.
Alex Zhang, M. Eng., M.Sci., P. Geo.
Vice President, Exploration
Mr. Zhang has 20 years of experience and has worked with Eldorado Gold, Afcan Mining, Sino Gold, and New Pacific Metals. He supervised the exploration activities of two major gold projects from exploration through development to production, and brings a full range of technical and managerial skills related to exploration and mining projects.
Yong-Jae Kim, LL.B.
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Yong-Jae Kim is called to the British Columbia bar. He previously practiced law at Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP in their corporate finance group where he advised a number of large companies in the resource sector active in various international jurisdictions. Yong-Jae has been recognized as a leading cross-border corporate lawyer and awarded a Rising Star award by Lexpert. Yong-Jae earned his LLB at the Queen’s University and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from UBC.