Chairman of the Board
Mr. Ireland has over thirty-five years of experience in the mining and metals industry in positions ranging from field geologist to banking and venture capital. Mr. Ireland founded Geologic Resource Partners in 2004 and serves as Chief Investment Officer and CEO. From 2000 to 2004, he was General Partner of Ring Partners, LP, a predecessor investment partnership to GRP. From 1993 to 2000, Mr. Ireland was an analyst for and a partner in Knott Partners LP where he specialized in resource investing. Prior to 1993, Mr. Ireland held a variety of positions at Cleveland-Cliffs Inc, The Chase Manhattan Bank, ASARCO Inc. and VenturesTrident LP. Mr. Ireland graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS from the School of Natural Resources and is a Fellow in the Society of Economic Geologists. Mr. Ireland also serves on the boards of Africo Resources Ltd, Amerigo Resources Ltd, Rathdowney Resources Ltd., Taseko Mines Ltd. and Merrill & Ring Inc, a private timber company in the US.
Mr. Evans serves at the Chief Operating Officer of Diversitech Corporation; a portfolio company of the private equity firm Permira. He has more than 20 years of operations and executive management experience across businesses of various sizes and industries. Before joining DiversiTech he was the EVP of Global Operations and Supply Chain and later the interim President/CEO at Arysta LifeScience, a $2B+ global agrochemical manufacturer formerly owned by the private equity firm Permira. Prior to that he served as the vice president and general manager for the Lithium Division at FMC Corporation, a leading global lithium supplier. Evans spent more than a decade with General Electric in the earlier part of his career in various global supply chain and executive management roles in their Advanced Materials and Plastics businesses. After earning a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University, Evans served in the United States Army as an Armor/Cavalry officer. He subsequently earned a master’s of science in business management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
John Macken acted as President of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (now Turquoise Hill Resources) between January 2004 and April 2012, as Chief Executive Officer between March 2006 and October 2010 and as a Director from December 2003 to February 2011 while Ivanhoe Mines was focused on the development of the multi-billion dollar copper/gold Oyu Tolgoi mine in Mongolia. Prior to Ivanhoe Mines, John was Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning at Freeport McMoran, where he was involved with the development and operations of the copper/gold Grasberg Mine in Indonesia for over a nineteen year period. John holds an engineering degree BA, BAI from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.