Vice President-Development and Executive President of Compañia Minera Vizcachitas Holding
Mr. Palma is a Mining Engineer from the University of Chile and holds a Master of Science in Rock Mechanics from Columbia University, New York. He has over 40 years of diverse experience in design, construction, and operation of major copper and gold projects in Chile. Before joining Los Andes, Mr. Palma was General Manager (Division CEO) for the Andina Division of Codelco during a four-year period. Andina is located in the same region as Vizcachitas. Prior to Andina, he was Country Manager for Yamana Gold during four years and worked for a couple of years in Barrick Gold Corporation (in the Pascua-Lama and Veladero projects).
Prior to Barrick, Mr. Palma, worked during nine years in Cia Minera Dona Ines de Collahuasi, the joint venture controlled by Glencore and Anglo American that operates one of the largest copper mines in the world. He was initially Operations Vice President responsible for completing construction of the original project, commissioning and then running the operation. He then became Vice President of Development, in charge of exploration, resource development and expansion. He also worked for Homestake’s gold operations in Chile, the El Salvador Division of Codelco, and Cemento Melon (at the time owned by Blue Circle Industries).
During his career, Mr. Palma has received awards from the Instituto de Ingenieros de Mina de Chile (1999), and from the Instituto de Ingenieros de Chile; Premio Julio Donoso Donoso (2012).