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Board of Directors

Thomas S. Kaplan

Thomas S. Kaplan

Dr. Thomas Kaplan is NOVAGOLD's Chairman of the Board and is also Chairman and Chief Executive 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

Sharon Dowdall (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. 

Diane Garrett

Diane Garrett (3,4)

Dr. Diane Garrett has more than 20 years of experience in the resource sector and currently serves as the President and CEO of Nickel Creek Platinum Corp. (“NCP”), a mining exploration and development company. Prior to joining NCP, she held the position of President and CEO of Romarco Minerals Inc., taking the multi-million ounce Haile Gold Mine project from discovery to construction. Prior to that, she held numerous senior positions in public mining companies including VP of Corporate Development at Dayton Mining Corporation and VP of Corporate Development at Beartooth Platinum Corporation. Early in her career, Dr. Garrett was the Senior Mining Analyst and Portfolio Manager in the precious metals sector with US Global Investors. Dr. Garrett received her PH.D. in Engineering and her Masters in Mineral Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Gregory A. Lang

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. 

Igor Levental

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

Kalidas V. Madhavpeddi (2,3)

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. 

Clynton R. Nauman

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.

Ethan Shutt

Ethan Schutt(1,5)

Mr. Schutt is the Chief of Staff of Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC). ANTHC provides health services for Alaska Native people, as well as training, health education, disease and injury prevention, and rural water and sewer construction. In his current role, Mr. Schutt provides coordination and support to ensure proper prioritization and alignment of ANTHC resources. Prior to joining ANTHC, Mr. Schutt first served as General Counsel, and later became the Senior Vice President of Land and Energy Development, for Cook Inlet Region Inc. (CIRI). CIRI is an Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) corporation dedicated to the economic and social well-being of its Alaska Native shareholders with resources generated from its lands and businesses. As CIRI’s Senior Vice President of Land and Energy Development, he led a team of professionals that managed CIRI’s ANCSA lands including the exploration and leasing of those lands for oil and gas, mineral and other natural resource development. He also directed CIRI’s efforts in developing renewable and alternative energy projects. Mr. Schutt previously served as a member of the board of Doyon, Limited and served as General Counsel for Tanana Chiefs Conference. Mr. Schutt is an expert on ANCSA lands and resources and currently teaches a class on the topic at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Mr. Schutt holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in mathematics from Washington State University and a Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School.

Anthony P. Walsh

Anthony P. Walsh (1,2)
Independent Lead Director

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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