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Thomas S. Kaplan
Chairman

Dr. Thomas Kaplan is NOVAGOLD's Chairman of the Board and is also Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of The Electrum Group, a privately-held global natural resources investment management company which manages the portfolio of Electrum, the single largest shareholder of NOVAGOLD.  Dr. Kaplan is an entrepreneur and investor with a track record of both creating and unlocking shareholder value in public and private companies.  Most recently, Dr. Kaplan served as Chairman of Leor Exploration & Production LLC, a natural gas exploration and development company founded by Dr. Kaplan in 2003.  In 2007, Leor’s natural gas assets were sold to EnCana Oil & Gas USA Inc., a subsidiary of Encana Corporation, for $2.55 billion.  Dr. Kaplan holds Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral Degrees in History from Oxford University. 

Sharon Dowdall (1,2,4)

Ms. Sharon Dowdall has a 30-year career in the mining industry. Ms. Dowdall served in senior legal capacities for Franco-Nevada Corporation, a major gold-focused royalty company, and Newmont Mining Company, one of the world’s largest gold producers. During her 20-year tenure with Franco-Nevada, Ms. Dowdall served in various capacities, including Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary and Vice President, Special Projects.  Ms. Dowdall was one of the principals who transformed Franco-Nevada from an industry pioneer into one of the most successful precious metals enterprises in the world. Prior to joining Franco-Nevada, she practiced law as a partner with Smith Lyons in Toronto, a major Canadian legal firm specializing in natural resources. Ms. Dowdall is the recipient of the 2011 Canadian General Counsel Award for Business Achievement. She currently serves on the boards of several Canadian exploration and development companies. Ms. Dowdall holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Calgary and an LLB, from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. 

GregORY A. Lang (3,5)

Mr. Greg Lang is NOVAGOLD's President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Lang has over 35 years of diverse experience in mine operations, project development and evaluations, including time as President of Barrick Gold North America, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barrick Gold Corporation. Mr. Lang has held progressively responsible operating and project development positions over his 10-year tenure with Barrick and, prior to that, with Homestake Mining Company and International Corona Corporation, both of which are now part of Barrick. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and is a Graduate of the Stanford University Executive Program. 

gillyeard J. Leathley (3)

Mr. Gillyeard Leathley joined NOVAGOLD in January 2010 and served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of NOVAGOLD from November 2010 to November 2012.  In February 2013, Mr. Leathley was named Chief Operating Officer of Sunward Resources Ltd.  Mr. Leathley was instrumental in advancing the NOVAGOLD’S Donlin Gold and Galore Creek projects. He trained as a mine surveyor and industrial engineer with the Scottish National Coal Board, working in coal, bauxite, gold and copper mines. Mr. Leathley has over 25 years of experience overseeing the development of several major operating mines.  Additionally, Mr. Leathley has over 55 years of experience working in the mining industry worldwide in positions of increasing responsibility ranging from Engineer to Chief Operating Officer. 

Igor Levental (4,5)

Mr. Igor Levental is President of The Electrum Group, a privately-held global natural resources investment management company. Affiliates of The Electrum Group are currently the largest shareholders of NOVAGOLD. With more than 30 years of experience across a broad cross-section of the international mining industry, Mr. Levental has held senior positions with major mining companies including Homestake Mining Company and International Corona Corporation.  Mr. Levental is a Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Alberta. 

Kalidas V. Madhavpeddi (1,2)

Mr. Kalidas Madhavpeddi has over 30 years of international experience in business development, corporate strategy, global mergers and acquisitions, exploration, government relations, marketing, trading and sales, and mining engineering and capital. He is President of Azteca Consulting LLC, an advisory firm to the metals and mining sector.  He is also Overseas CEO of China Molybdenum Co. Ltd.  His extensive career in the mining industry spans more than 30 years including Phelps Dodge Corporation from 1980 to 2006, starting as a Systems Engineer and ultimately becoming Senior Vice President for Phelps Dodge, a Fortune 500 company, responsible for the company’s global business development, acquisitions and divestments, including joint ventures, as well as its global exploration programs.  He was contemporaneously President of Phelps Dodge Wire and Cable, a copper and aluminum cable manufacturer with international operations in over ten countries, including Brazil and China.  Mr. Madhavpeddi is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India; the University of Iowa and the Harvard Business School. 

Gerald J. McConnell, QC (4,5)

Mr. Gerald McConnell has over 25 years of experience in the resource sector.  Mr. McConnell is a director and the Chief Executive Officer of Namibia Rare Earths Inc., a public Canadian company focused on the development of rare earth opportunities in Namibia.  From 1990 to 2010, he was President and Chief Executive Officer, as well as a director, of Etruscan Resources Inc., a West African junior gold producer.  From December 1984 to January 1998, Mr. McConnell was the President of the Company and from January 1998 to May 1999 he was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. McConnell is a graduate of Dalhousie Law School and was called to the bar of Nova Scotia in 1971 and received his Queen’s Counsel designation in 1986. 

Clynton R. Nauman (1,3)

Mr. Clynton Nauman is the Chief Executive Officer of Alexco Resource Corp. and Asset Liability Management Group ULC, and was formerly President of Viceroy Gold Corporation and Viceroy Minerals Corporation and a director of Viceroy Resource Corporation, positions he held from February 1998 until February 2003. Previously, Mr. Nauman was the General Manager of Kennecott Minerals from 1993 to 1998. Mr. Nauman has 25 years of diversified experience in the mining industry ranging from exploration and business development to operations and business management in the precious metals, base metals and coal sectors. Mr. Nauman holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Geology from Otago University, New Zealand.

Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse (3,5)

Mr. Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse joined NOVAGOLD as President and Chief Operating Officer in January 1998 and was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in May 1999. He resigned as President and Chief Executive Officer in January of 2012 in order to assume his current role of President and Chief Executive Officer of Trilogy Metals Inc. (formerly NovaCopper Inc.) Mr. Van Nieuwenhuyse has more than 30 years of experience in the natural resource sector including as Vice President of Exploration for Placer Dome Inc. In addition to his international exploration perspective, Mr. Van Nieuwenhuyse brings years of working experience in and knowledge of Alaska to the Company. Mr. Van Nieuwenhuyse has managed projects from grassroots discovery through to advanced feasibility studies, production and mine closure. He received the Thayer Lindsley award in 2009 for his role in the Donlin Gold discovery. Mr. Van Nieuwenhuyse holds a Candidature degree in Science from the Université de Louvain, Belgium, and a Masters’ of Science degree in Geology from the University of Arizona. 

Anthony P. Walsh (1,2)

Mr. Anthony Walsh has over 20 years of international experience in the field of exploration, mining and development and was the President and CEO of Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. (“Sabina”) (2008-2011). Prior to joining Sabina, Mr. Walsh was President and CEO of Miramar Mining Corporation (1999-2007), Vice-President and CFO of Miramar Mining Corporation (1995-1999), the Senior Vice-President and CFO of a computer leasing company (1993-1995) and the CFO and Senior Vice-President, Finance of International Corona Mines Ltd., a major North American gold producer (1989-1992). From 1985 to 1989 he was Vice-President, Finance of International Corona Mines Ltd., and from 1973 to 1985 Mr. Walsh held various positions at Deloitte, Haskins & Sells, a firm of Chartered Accountants.  Mr. Walsh currently serves on several Boards of Canadian exploration and development companies. Mr. Walsh graduated from Queen's University (Canada) in 1973 and became a member of The Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1976. 

Members of:

  1. Audit Committee
  2. Compensation Committee
  3. Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability, and Technical Committee
  4. Corporate Governance and Nominations Committee
  5. Corporate Communications Committee 
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