Board of Directors

Brian Labadie- (1,2) Chairman of the Board

Mr. Labadie has been a director of Solitario since June 2006. He is an independent mining industry consultant. He also was a director of Crown from June of 2002 until August 2006 upon completion of the Crown-Kinross merger. Mr. Labadie has over thirty years experience in the mining industry including ten years with Miramar Mining Corporation from November 1996 to September 2006 as the Executive Vice President, COO. Prior to that, Mr. Labadie spent nine years with Echo Bay Mines, Ltd. as Vice President of Operations, including full operational and management responsibility for the Kettle River Mine in Republic, Washington. Mr. Labadie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geological engineering from the University of Toronto.

Leonard Harris- (1,2,3)

Mr. Harris has been a director of Solitario since June 1998. Prior to his retirement from Newmont Mining Corporation, Mr. Harris gained over 50 years experience in the mining industry including serving as General Manager of Minera Yanacocha, South America's largest gold mine, and Vice President and General Manager of Newmont Latin America. Mr. Harris has over 20 years experience in managing mining operations in Latin America that include base metal and gold deposits, underground and open pit mines, gold and base metal processing plants and smelting and refining operations. Mr. Harris currently serves on the boards of Alamos Gold Inc., Aztec Metals Corp., Canarc Resources, Cardero Resources Corp., Endeavour Silver Corp., Indico Resources Ltd., IMA Exploration Inc., Golden Arrow Resource Corp. and Sulliden Exploration Inc. He is a 1949 graduate metallurgist of The Mount Morgan School of Mines (Australia).

Christopher E. Herald

Mr. Herald has been a director of Solitario since August 1992. He has also served as Chief Executive Officer since June 1999 and President since August 1993. Mr. Herald also served as a director of Crown since April 1989, as Chief Executive Officer of Crown since June of 1999, President of Crown since November 1990 and was Executive Vice President of Crown from January 1990 to November 1990. Prior to joining Crown, Mr. Herald was a Senior Geologist with Echo Bay Mines and Anaconda Minerals. Mr. Herald was a past Chairman of the Denver Gold Group, a not-for-profit industry association recognized for organizing preeminent North American and European gold conferences for institutional investors. Mr. Herald received a M.S. in Geology from the Colorado School of Mines and a B.S. in Geology from the University of Notre Dame.  

John Labate (1)

Mr. Labate is a seasoned executive with over thirty years of financial management and accounting experience. Mr. Labate is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Gold Resource Corporation (NYSE-MKT: GORO) and has served in that capacity since May 2015. From August 2008 to February 2012, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Golden Star Resources Ltd., a gold mining company with securities listed on the NYSE MKT and TSX. Prior to that, from March 2004 to August 2008 he was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Constellation Copper Corporation, a copper mining company with securities formerly traded on the TSX. Prior to March 2004, Mr. Labate held senior financial management positions in mining and technology companies, including chief financial officer positions at Crown Resources Corporation and Applied Optical Technologies. Mr. Labate received a bachelor's degree in Accounting from San Diego State University.


1- Member of the Audit Committee
2- Member of the Compensation & Management Development Committee
3- Member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee

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