The Gedex Board of Directors

Our Board

  • Rudi Fronk - Chairman of the Board
  • Jim Gowans
  • Eliseo Gonzalez-Urien     
  • David Diwik
  • Sean Whiteford

Rudi Fronk
Chairman of the Board

Rudi Fronk, non-executive Chairman and Director, has over 30 years’ experience in the gold business, primarily as a senior officer and director of publicly traded companies. Since 1999, Mr. Fronk has served as CEO of Seabridge Gold. Prior to Seabridge, Mr. Fronk held senior management positions with Greenstone Resources, Columbia Resources, Behre Dolbear & Company, Riverside Associates, Phibro-Salomon, Amax, and DRX. Mr. Fronk is a graduate of Columbia University from which he holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering and a Master of Science in Mineral Economics.

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Jim Gowans

Jim Gowans is a mining executive with four decades of industry experience. He joined Barrick in January 2014 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and was appointed Co-President in July 2014. Jim is currently Senior Adviser to the Chairman, Barrick Gold Corporation. Mr. Gowans was previously Managing Director of Debswana, a joint venture between the Government of Botswana and De Beers SA. Before that, he was Chief Operating Officer of DeBeers SA, and Chief Executive Officer of DeBeers Canada. Mr. Gowans has significant gold sector experience, with eight years at Placer Dome, culminating in his role as Executive Vice President, Canadian Operations. He also held senior operating positions at PT Inco, where he was Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and at Cominco (now Teck Resources Ltd), where he held the positions of Operations Manager for Potash Operations and General Manager of the Red Dog zinc mine. Mr. Gowans is a professional engineer with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mineral Engineering from the University of British Columbia.

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Eliseo Gonzalez-Urien

With over 40 years of experience, Mr. Gonzalez-Urien is one of the most highly regarded exploration geologists in the mining industry. From 1989 through 2001 Mr. Gonzalez-Urien held various executive positions with Placer Dome Inc. including Senior Vice President of the parent company and President of Placer Dome Exploration Inc. During this period he was charged with ultimate responsibility for Placer Dome´s worldwide exploration activities. Prior to Placer Dome, Mr. Gonzalez-Urien held senior positions with BHP-Utah Inc. and Noranda. He holds a degree in Geology from the University of Santiago, Chile, followed by post graduate studies in Geology at the University of California, Berkeley.

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David Diwik

David Diwik, Director, co-founded Private Partner Holdings LLC and its predecessor firm in January 2011 as an advisory firm to Single Family Offices.  Mr. Diwik brings more than 25 years of experience in financing and strategically developing fast-growing, emerging industries.  Prior to founding Private Partner Holdings, Mr. Diwik was responsible for developing the direct investment platform for an international family office, including a $500MM renewable energy portfolio. He was also tasked with restructuring the family office’s billion dollar U.S. Energy operating company as interim CEO. Prior to his role at the family office, Mr. Diwik was Global Head of Deutsche Bank's Telecommunications Investment Banking Practice, which included sitting on the North American and European Management Committees as well as the Global Corporate Finance Compensation Committee. Prior to Deutsche Bank, he worked at Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ), as head of Telecommunications and Media Investment Banking for Europe. Previously Mr. Diwik held senior positions with both Salomon Brothers and Lehman Brothers. He was also an advisor to Groton Partners, a boutique merchant bank specializing in corporate financial advice as well as sophisticated investment opportunities.  Mr. Diwik holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of Business, and a BBA in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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Sean Whiteford

Sean Whiteford has been involved in mineral exploration and mining for over 22 years. He began his
career as an exploration geologist with BHP-Utah focused on base metals and gold. He subsequently spent
15 years with Rio Tinto in various progressive roles including Manager Mining and Technical Services for Diavik
Diamond Mines, Global Diamond Laboratory Manager for Rio Tinto Diamonds and GM Exploration Industrial
Minerals for Rio Tinto Exploration. Mr. Whiteford spent 6 years with Cliffs Natural Resources where we was VP Exploration and most recently as VP Eastern Canada Iron Ore. He is a member of 
the ICD, AUSIMM, SEG, CIM and PDAC and is based in Cleveland, Ohio.  

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