Board of Directors, CEO, and Vice-Presidents

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Roque Benavides

Chairman of the Board

Received his degree in Civil Engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP) in 1977. Master of Business Administration from the Henley Business School at the University of Reading in the U.K. in 1980. Completed the Management Development Program at the Harvard Business School in 1985 and the Advanced Management Programme at Oxford University in 1997. He is currently Chairman of the Board and Director of some of the Company’s related entities. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Banco de Crédito del Perú and UNACEM. He was previously President of the Peruvian Mining, Oil, and Energy Association (SNMPE) and the Peruvian Confederation of Private Business Institutions (CONFIEP).

Felipe Ortiz de Zevallos

Director

Member of the Board of Directors since August 2003. He was the Rector of the Universidad del Pacífico from 2014 to 2016. He is the founder of Grupo APOYO, and has been the president of the organization since 1977. He received his degree in Industrial Engineering from the National University of Engineering (UNI), and obtained his MSc in Administration and Systems from the University of Rochester. He graduated from the OPM Program at Harvard Business School in 1996. He was also Peruvian Ambassador to the United States from September 2006 to March 2009.

José Miguel Morales

Director

Attorney at law graduated from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP) in 1958. Completed the Sloan Program at the Stanford University School of Business. Chief Counsel to the Company from 1973 to 2012, and elected as a Member of the Board in 2012. He has been a Senior Partner at Estudio Aurelio García Sayán law firm since 2007, and worked for the firm since 1965. Director of related companies, and various other businesses. He was President of the Institute of Mining and Oil Law, the Peruvian Mining, Oil, and Energy Association, and the Peruvian Confederation of Private Business Institutions (CONFIEP). He is currently the President of the Entrepreneurs for Education Association.

Germán Suárez

Director

Bachelor of Economics graduated from the National University of San Marcos (UNMSM) in 1965 and received his M.A. in Economics from Columbia University in 1969. He has been a Board Member of Buenaventura since March 2015. He was also Chairman of the Board of the Peruvian Central Reserve Bank (BCRP) from 1992 to 2001, spending the bulk of his professional career with said entity. He has been a Board Member of Bladex, Extebandes, and Arlabank, Latin American Reserves Fund, Credicorp Ltd., and Banco de Crédito del Perú. He was President of the Banco de la Nación, director of various companies, and a governor to the IMF and IDB. He presided over the G-24 for IMF and World Bank affairs.

William H. Champion

Director

Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering and Biology from the University of Arizona, in Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A. He has been a Member of the Board since January 2016. He is also a Director of Gladiator Mining Group LLC, a private mining investment company based in the United States. Over 40 years of executive, management, and operating experience in the mining sector. He worked at Rio Tinto PLC from 2002 to 2014 in different positions; was Managing Director of Rio Tinto Coal Australia, Managing Director of Rio Tinto Diamonds, and President and CEO of Kennecott Utah Copper. He also worked at Phelps Dodge Mining Company from 1984 to 1995, where he held different positions (President of de Phelps Dodge Chile).

Diego de la Torre

Director

Holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Universidad del Pacífico in Lima and an MBA from the London Business School in England. He is a cofounder and Chairman of the Board of La Viga and Quikrete Perú. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, as well as an economics columnist for the newspaper El Comercio. He was previously a professor at the Universidad del Pacífico for twelve years, and a member of the Board of Directors of important companies and institutions such as Endeavor Perú, IPAE, and Perú 2021. Since 2005, he has been the President of the United Nations Global Compact in Peru. In 2013, he received the award “Empresario Integral” given by the Latin American Business Council. Also, in 2015, he was selected among the Top 100 influential leaders by AACSB International. He has been a member of Buenaventura’s Board of Directors since 2017.

Nicole Bernex

Director

PhD in Geography from the Paul Valéry University of Montpellier (France). Professor of the Department of Humanities of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP). Academic Director of the Research Center in Applied Geography (CIGA) of the PUCP. President of the Geographic Society of Lima and President Emeritus of the Peruvian Forum for Water (GWP Peru). Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Peru and national focal point of the Water Program of the Inter-American Network of Academies of Sciences (IANAS). Member of the Steering Committee of 2030 WRG. Director of several research projects and programs, such as the "Scientific, legal and financial design of the Scientific Institute of Water - ICA" (CONCYTEC-IRD-PUCP) and the "Water, Climate and Development Program - PACyD" of Global Water Partnership South America. She has more than 160 publications among books and articles.
CEO, and Vice-Presidents

Víctor Gobitz

Chief Executive Officer

General Manager of Buenaventura since January 2017. He has also been a Director of Sociedad Minera El Brocal since that same year. He was previously the CEO of Compañía Minera Milpo from 2013 to 2016, as well as General Manager and Director of Río Alto Mining (now Tahoe Resources). General Manager and Director of Castrovirreyna Compañía Minera, Operations Manager of Sociedad Minera El Brocal, and Assistant General Manager and Director of Volcan Compañía Minera. He is currently the President of the Peruvian Institute of Mining Engineers (IIMP), a Director of Gerens Escuela de Negocios, and a professor at Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP). With over 25 years of experience in managing mining operations and projects, he is a graduate of the PUCP (1986), with an MBA from the ESAN School of Business (1998) and specialized studies at the Kellogg School of Management (2015) and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (2005).

Leandro García

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Universidad del Pacífico and Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the same university. Master of Business Administrative from the University of Miami in Florida. He completed the Management Development Program at Harvard Business School. He worked at Buenaventura from 1990 to 1997, where he held the position of Treasury Head. He also worked at Sociedad Minera El Brocal as Finance Manager up until 2000. He was General Manager of Boticas BTL until 2005, and General Manager of Boticas Inkafarma until June 2011. He rejoined Buenaventura as Controller General in July 2011. He has been a Director of Química Suiza Retail, the business that manages the Mi Farma pharmacy chain, since January 2016.

Gonzalo Eyzaguirre

Vice President of Operations

Engineer of Mines of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. He received an MBA from the Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Canada and participated in the General Management Program at Harvard University. He was previously the General Manager of Sociedad Minera El Brocal since October 2014, as well as General Manager of Gold Fields La Cima in Cajamarca. He has been part of other prestigious companies like Yanacocha, among others. Assumed the Vice-presidency of Operations of Buenaventura in July 2017.

Raúl Benavides

Vice President of Business Development

Bachelor’s Degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Missouri—Rolla, Master of Mining Administration from Pennsylvania State University, and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School (AMP-160). He has served as President of the IIMP, as well as being the Founder and President of the Mining Safety Institute (ISEM). He is currently the President of the vocational mining school CETEMIN. He has worked at Buenaventura since 1980, and is the Director of 11 related companies.

Alejandro Hermoza

Vice President of Labor, Social and Environmental Affairs

Mechanical Engineer graduated from the University of Maryland, with a Master’s in Engineering from the same university and a Master’s in Administrative from the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences (UPC). He previously worked as Development Manager of the Peruvian Confederation of Private Business Institutions (CONFIEP) and has worked at Buenaventura since 2003, where he has held the position of Community Relations Manager, from 2008 to 2011; and Deputy Manager of Administration and Human Resources, from 2003 to 2008. In 2011, he graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School (AMP).