Management Team



 
Keith Neumeyer
Position: President & CEO
Mr. Neumeyer has worked in the investment community since 1984. He began his career at a number of Canadian national brokerage firms. Mr. Neumeyer moved on to work with several publically traded companies in the resource and high technology sectors. His roles have included senior management positions and directorships responsible in areas of finance, business development, strategic planning and corporate restructuring. Mr. Neumeyer was the original and founding President of First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (T-FM). Mr. Neumeyer founded First Majestic Silver in 2002. Mr. Neumeyer has also listed a number of companies on the Toronto Stock Exchange and as such has extensive experience dealing with the financial, regulatory, legal and accounting issues that are relevant in the investment community.

 
Ramon Davila, Ing
Position: Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Davila, a Mexican citizen residing in Durango, has an Engineering degree in Mining and Metallurgy and a Masters degree in Minerals Economics'. He worked for Industrias Penoles, the largest silver producer in Mexico from 1978 to 1987 and then became the VP of Mining Operations for Luismin until 1993. Since 1998 Mr. Davila was President of Plata Panamericana SA de CV, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pan American Silver Corp. (PAA: TSX; PAAS: NASDAQ) where he was in charge of all aspects of production, exploration and administration of Pan American's Mexican operations.

Mr. Davila was also the National President for the Association of Mining Metallurgist and Geologists in Mexico from 1996 to 1998 and is currently a member of the board of Directors of the Chamber of Mines in Mexico. He is also a member of the Society of Mining Metallurgical and Exploration Engineers.

 
Raymond Polman, B.Sc (Econ), CA
Position: Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Polman has over 28 years of public accounting and corporate finance experience in the Canadian and US financial markets and has been Chief Financial Officer of the Company since February 2007. Prior to First Majestic, Mr. Polman had been a Chief Financial Officer for six years with a number of publicly traded high technology companies, prior to which he served several years as the Director of Finance for Rescan Environmental, a large privately owned company serving the global mining community. Mr. Polman has a Bachelor of Science (Economics) Degree from the University of Victoria and he is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia. Mr. Polman also brings eight years of prior public accounting experience with Deloitte, LLP.

 
Martin Palacios, MBA, CMC
Position: Chief Information Officer
Mr. Palacios brings over 20 years of information technology experience to First Majestic, including over three years with Goldcorp, a senior gold producer, where he held the position of Director of Global Applications and IT (Mexico Region). During his tenure at Goldcorp, he created and implemented the global applications framework for most of Goldcorp's sites, standardized and automated consolidation process. Mr. Palacios was also responsible for prototyping Goldcorp's business intelligence strategy which allows for management at Goldcorp to monitor consolidated operations on a continuous basis with operational dashboards. In addition to his experience with Goldcorp, Mr. Palacios has also consulted for Gemcom Software (a mining solution vendor), provided advisory services to the Jimmy Pattison Group across their portfolio of companies, led the western region IT effectiveness practice for KPMG, he was previously the CIO of Pivotal Corporation and Vice President of Information Technology for Seagate Software.

 
Robert McCallum, B.Sc., P.Eng.
Position: Director
Mr. McCallum was most recently the president of Kensington Resources Ltd., a Canadian public mining company, prior to its merger with Shore Gold Inc. (SGF:TSX). During Mr. McCallum's tenure at Kensington, he successfully advanced Kensington from a junior exploration company to an advanced stage development company, dramatically increasing the company's profile and eventually orchestrating a merger with Shore Gold. Mr. McCallum graduated in 1959 from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) followed in 1971 by a PMD (Program for Management Development) at Harvard Graduate School of Business, Boston, Massachusetts. He has a wealth of experience in mining having worked with DeBeers Consolidated Mines and Anglo American Corp. Ltd. in South Africa followed by Denison Mines Limited, Cyprus Anvil Mining Corp., Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan in Canada and Philex Mining in the Philippines.

 
Connie Lillico, B.A.
Position: Corporate Secretary
Ms. Lillico has worked in public company management and administration since 2000. Ms. Lillico was previously the Corporate Secretary of several publicly traded mining and oil & gas companies for three years, prior to which she was a Paralegal with a publicly traded software company for 2 1/2 years. Prior to her industry experience, Ms. Lillico worked in corporate and securities law as a Paralegal with a large national legal firm for eight years. Ms. Lillico has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University and a Paralegal certification from Capilano College.

 
Douglas Penrose,
Position: Chairman and Director
Mr. Penrose received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto. He has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario from 1974 to 2008 and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia since 1978. Mr. Penrose brings over 20 years of experience in leadership positions in accounting and corporate finance. Mr. Penrose was formerly the Vice President of Finance and Corporate Services for the British Columbia Lottery Corporation.

 
David A. Shaw Ph.D.
Position: Director
Since completing his doctorate in 1980, Mr. Shaw has worked both in the technical and financial communities within the resource industry. Seven years were spent with Chevron Resources in Calgary and Vancouver, employed initially as an in-house structural consultant on both metal and hydrocarbon exploration programs and then as a member of a hydrocarbon project financial evaluation team. Upon leaving Chevron, he initiated and developed the Resource Research Group at Charlton Securities Ltd., Calgary before assuming the position of Senior Mining Analyst, Corporate Finance, at Yorkton Securities Inc. in Vancouver. Throughout Mr. Shaw's career, he has built strong relationships with European financial institutions and the global mining community.

 
Tony Pezzotti
Position: Director
Mr. Pezzotti joined the board of First Majestic in November 2001. Tony is a seasoned board member who has served on several public company boards, including Offshore Systems International Ltd. (OSI-T), First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (FM-T), and Kensington Resources Ltd. which recently merged with Shore Gold Inc. (SGF-T). Tony was General Manager and co-owner of a steel fabrication company and is now retired.