European Electric Metals appoints Jose Mario Branco as chief geologist
Mr. Branco has a record of success throughout Europe, including exploration leadership roles at Lundin Mining Corp., Rio Tinto and Rio Narcea Gold Mines SA.
In addition to experience forming and executing exploration programs, Mr. Branco is also an experienced deal maker, being involved in the negotiation of multiple successful corporate, joint venture and earn-in agreements.
For six years, Mr. Branco was the regional exploration manager, Europe, for Lundin, a global mining company with multiple projects varying from exploration through to development and mining.
While at Lundin, he led the team credited with discovering the Semblana mineral deposit near Neves Corvo.
He also provided expert assessments and project evaluations for Lundin, including at Las Cruces in Seville, which is now in production, as well as an additional major undertaking which is currently at the prefeasibility stage.
Prior to his time at Lundin, Mr. Branco was for nine years a project geologist for Rio Tinto.
Mr. Branco was attracted to European Electric Metals due to the significant potential of the company's Rehova copper project in Albania.
In addition to his leadership role as the company advances Rehova, he will also be tasked with generating and evaluating other European projects that host metals important to electrification.
Mr. Branco is a member of the Society of Economic Geologists, the Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits and the European Federation of Geologists.
He is also a member and a director of the Portuguese Association of Geologists. ■