Director and Executive Chairman
Mr. Porcile is a Mining Engineer for the University of Chile and holds a Masters of Science in Mineral Engineering from Columbia University, New York. Mr. Porcile has over 50 years of experience in the mining business. He has been responsible for the development, implementation, commissioning and operation of several new mining projects as well as managing various world-class mining operations. His experience with engineering companies is vast and varied, as senior process engineer, and as client and consultant. Most of his experience has been in copper, but has also included nitrates, iodine and iron ore. During the period 2010-2014, he was Director of the Codelco Board and lately he has been consultant for other mining companies with developments of copper, iron and gold projects.
Mr. Porcile was President of Compañía Doña Inés de Collahuasi in the period 2007-2009; he was also President of the Falconbridge Copper Business Unit for five years. During his presidency Falcombridge was developing projects that included El Morro, Pachón and the expansion of Collahuasi. Prior to these responsibilities he was Vice President Project Development for BHP Billiton’s Base Metals Division and before that President of Compañía Minera Cerro Colorado of Rio Algom.
Mr. Porcile joined Rio Algom as Vice-President of Operations of Cerro Colorado in 1991 and later was promoted to Rio Algom Vice President of Engineering and Development, participating in the development of the Antamina and Spence projects. From 1989 to 1991, he was Operations Manager of Soquimich, responsible for the operations to produce nitrate and iodine in Chile’s Region of Antofagasta.
Mr. Porcile worked for Codelco for nine years , from 1980-1989. At Codelco he worked in the El Teniente and Chuquicamata Divisions. At Chuquicamata he was General Manager at a time when a large expansion program was developed at the mine, concentrator, smelter, electrolytic refineries, leaching and supporting facilities. Prior to joining Codelco he worked four years for A. G. McKee Engineering and Construction Company in the USA. Mr. Porcile also worked for six years in Spain for Rio Tinto Patino. During the first seven years of his career he worked for the El Teniente mine which, at that time, was operated by Kennecott Copper Co.