Vernon Baker


Mr. Vernon Baker was appointed Chief Executive Officer on August 6, 2019. Mr. Baker brings over 36 years of mining industry experience. He has extensive management and operations expertise at globally focused mid-tier and senior mining companies. Most recently, he was General Manager at Goldcorp’s Cerro Negro Mine in Argentina, overseeing 3,000 tonnes per day of high-grade production and implementing programs to reduce costs, grow production and development, and leading strong safety improvement to achieve an AIFR of 0.28 in 2017. Previously, Mr. Baker held management and senior leadership roles with various mining companies including President at Duluth Metals Limited, Vice President of Operations at FNX Mining, General Manager at Barrick Goldstrike Mines Inc., and General Manager of Hemlo Operations, a Joint Venture of Teck Cominco and Barrick Gold.

Jonathan Victor Hill

VP Exploration & Mine Geology

Jon was appointed Advisor to the JMMC, in July 2017 and has over 30 years’ experience of global exploration, mining operational and project development experience including, Africa, Australia and the Americas. Jon spent most of his formative years as a geologist with AngloGoldAshanti, where he recently held the title of Exploration Manager, Colombia Greenfields. During his tenure at AngloGoldAshanti he was involved in the discovery of world class projects. His broad range of experience includes, exploration and development of projects including due diligence, corporate development, mine geology including coordination and liaison with mine planning and reporting of mineral resources and reserves. Jon is a Non – Executive Director of Royal Road Minerals Limited and Stratabound Minerals Corporation. Jon holds a BSc (Hons) Economic Geology 1988 (University of Cape Town), and a BAppSc. Applied Geology 1985 (Queensland University of Technology). He is a fellow of the AUSIMM an organisation he has been a member of since 1986.

Marina Fagundes de Freitas

VP Projects

Marina has joined senior management as VP of Administration after almost 12 years working in different areas within the company where she developed the Internal Audit function and implemented a Risks and Compliance program. Marina has over 17 years’ experience including extensive knowledge in external and internal audit gained while working at Deloitte and Holcim respectively. After participating in several process reviews and major changes in previous years, she now oversees Strategic Planning, Legal, CSR, Admin, Security, Technology, Innovation and Growth projects.

Eric Duarte

VP Operations

Eric came to Jaguar Mining with an executive background in operations and project management . He has 20+ years of experience in the international mining Industry, having worked in the USA, South Africa, Australia, and Tanzania. Eric has in-depth knowledge gleaned from managing both underground and open-pit mining operations with an emphasis on safety, strategic planning, production, management of performance indicators, process improvement and multi-year budgeting. He has shown himself to be to leader in developing multidisciplinary teams, implementing projects, managing complex production processes, negotiating contracts and overseeing high value budgets. Eric graduated with a degree in Geology with post-graduate degrees in Business Administration/Management from the University of Cape Town. He also attended C-Level training and Executive management courses at Harvard Business School and the Stanford Business School. Eric joined Jaguar in 2017 as GM Operations at the CCA complex, and was promoted to VP Operations in 2019.