Mr. Archer is a co-founder of the business and as President, Chief Executive Officer and a director, he is responsible for the development of the strategic direction Great Panther Silver and for its day to day operations. Mr. Archer has more than 30 years’ experience working for mining companies throughout North America, including Newmont Exploration of Canada Ltd., Rio Algom Exploration Inc., Placer Dome Canada Ltd. and Noranda Exploration Inc. He also served as President of Consolidated Magna Ventures Ltd.
Presently, he also serves as President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Cangold Limited, and is a non-executive director of Altair Ventures Incorporated, both publicly listed companies on the TSX Venture Exchange.
Mr. Zadra joined Great Panther in September 2011 and has responsibility for corporate finance, including financial reporting, planning & forecasting, taxation, and treasury. Mr. Zadra is a Chartered Accountant and has over 15 years of experience in senior corporate finance roles with significant experience in the areas of financial reporting, taxation, strategic planning, capital markets, M&A and corporate governance.
Prior to joining Great Panther, Mr. Zadra served over three years as Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of DDS Wireless International Inc. (DD: TSX). Prior to DDS he was Vice President of Finance, North America, at Sophos, (2003-2008) a leading global information technology security company with a offices in 19 countries. Mr. Zadra has also held senior roles at ActiveState Corporation, Canaccord Capital and Deloitte, and has served as a director for several venture stage public companies.
Mr. Zadra holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Queen's University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of British Columbia.
Mr. Ali Soltani was appointed Chief Operating Officer in September 2014 and has responsibility for overseeing Great Panther's operations.
Mr. Soltani has more than 30 years of mining experience in precious metals and copper operations. Prior to joining Great Panther, and during his tenure with Newmont Mining and Phelps Dodge, Mr. Soltani served in numerous senior operating and technical leadership roles, including planning and engineering, management of unit operations and mine sites, project evaluations, and mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Soltani holds a master's degree in Mining Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
Mr. Brown has been our Vice President of Exploration since April 30, 2004. He is responsible for overseeing all exploration activities undertaken by our Company, and has particular experience in the immediate area of our Company's projects in the Sierra Madre Region of Mexico.
Mr. Brown is a Professional Engineer with a degree in Engineering Geology from Queen's University. His 30 years of experience in the mining industry includes 15 years with Lac Minerals in Canada, culminating in the position of Exploration Manager. For more than 13 years, he held senior management positions in the junior sector, working on projects throughout the Americas, Eastern Europe and Indonesia, primarily in gold and silver exploration.
Ing. Ramirez is a Mexican mining engineer with more than 30 years of mining experience. A graduate from the University of Guanajuato, he took the role of Mine Manager at our Topia Mine in early 2006, and brings a wealth of experience to our Company. Prior to joining us, he worked for Plata Panamerica S.A., Real del Monte y Pachua, S.A., Baztan del Cobre, S.A., Compañía Baramin S.A., and Minera La Calentan, among which he served as Mine Superintendent and Mine Manager.