Marco Pires joined Oyu Tolgoi in March 2016. He is the Chief Development Officer for Underground. In this position, Marco is responsible for all aspects of the Oyu Tolgoi Underground project. Marco has more than 30 years of global mining experience in copper, gold, potash, nickel and metallurgical coal, working in Brazil, Canada and Australia. Marco joins Oyu Tolgoi from BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance, where he was head of Projects, BMA Coal and responsible for sustaining and brownfield projects from early development to construction. Prior to that, he held senior operations, business development and projects roles with Vale and Anglo American. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering with major in metallurgy and mining, and a Masters of Business Administration.