Brian Zatarain

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Zatarain is a senior executive with over 20 years of hands-on and diverse corporate and business development, finance and investment management experience. Prior to joining the Company, he co-founded Zaff Capital and was a managing director where he was responsible for investment origination, due diligence, structuring, financing, documentation, negotiation and exit strategy execution. Prior to Zaff Capital, Mr. Zatarain was an executive vice president at AEI where he chaired the investment committee and was responsible for corporate and business development, strategy and enterprise risk management. Before joining AEI, Mr. Zatarain worked in the international business development and asset management group at Enron Corp. and was a key member of the team that created and executed the equity spin-off exit strategy of Enron Corp.’s international businesses through the formation of Prisma Energy, which was subsequently sold to AEI. Prior to Enron Corp., he worked at Coastal Corp. supporting the execution of its international energy infrastructure acquisition and greenfield development strategy. Mr. Zatarain has served as a director on the boards of directors of multiple power generation, power distribution, gas transportation, and gas distribution companies, including publicly listed power and gas utilities and an energy infrastructure fund, and an advisor to various public and private companies. Mr. Zatarain holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Texas and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University.

Rafael Rangel

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Rangel is a senior executive with over 30 years of experience leading accounting, tax and treasury functions for both public and private companies. Prior to joining Itafos Mr. Rangel held positions of increasing responsibility at AEI, Enron, Baker Hughes and United Technologies. Mr. Rangel has particular expertise in accounting and tax due diligence, non-routine transaction and purchase accounting and post-acquisition accounting and tax integration. Mr. Rangel is certified public accountant and holds a bachelor of business administration with a double major in accounting and finance from the University of Texas and a master of business administration from the University of Houston.

Paul Dekok

Head of Operations

Mr. Dekok is a senior executive with over 25 years’ experience in the phosphate industry within all levels of operations management. Prior to joining Itafos Mr. Dekok was the President of PED Quality Consulting where he provided diversified operations related consulting services to a variety of clients in the fertilizer and animal feed industries. Before starting his consulting business Mr. Dekok worked at Potash Corporation where he held positions of increasing responsibility over a long and successful track-record culminating as the President of Phosphates. As President of Phosphates at Potash Corporation Mr. Dekok oversaw six phosphate operations and an animal feed operation together with other related functions such as environmental, health and safety. Mr. Dekok has advanced studies quality engineering and quality auditing with perquisites in good manufacturing practices, hazard analysis and critical control points and preventative controls from North Carolina State University.

Marten Walters

Head of Engineering

Mr. Marten Walters is a Chemical Engineer and President of KEMWorks, a company specializing in Phosphate Project Development based in Lakeland, Florida. He has more than 35 years’ experience in the design, start-up and operation of fertilizer and chemical plants. Mr. Walters has designed and started up phosphoric acid, granulation, and animal feed plants in Australia, Brazil, China, Morocco, US and UK. He was Project Manager for beneficiation and fertilizer plant feasibility studies including: Minemakers, Australia (Bankable Feasibility Study); Cominco, DR Congo; VKG, Estonia; GB Minerals, Guinea-Bissau (Bankable); Sunkar, Kazakhstan; Texuna, Uzbekistan (Bankable); Vale, Peru and Mozambique; Wadi Group, Egypt. He served as Technical Manager at Jacobs Engineering Fertilizer Center for three years and was responsible for all aspects of process engineering and lab testing. Mr. Walters earned his Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from the University of Manchester. He is honored as the 1997 Engineer-of-the-Year by the Central Florida AIChE and is a Fellow of AIChE (US) and IChemE (UK).

Sarvin Patel

Head of Corporate Development and Commercial

Mr. Patel is a senior executive with over 15 years of principal investing, business development, mergers and acquisitions, portfolio analysis and risk management experience globally. Prior to joining the Company, he worked in senior roles at Carval Investors and Cargill. At CarVal, proprietary trading desk of Cargill, Mr. Patel was responsible for portfolio analysis and investment activities related to Emerging Markets platform, building a successful track record on investments across a broad range of sectors including power generation and distribution, telecom, sugar, steel, natural resources, media, and financial. At Cargill, Mr. Patel worked in business development and finance within the food ingredients platform which included cocoa, soy protein, texturizers, flavors, sweeteners, and nutraceuticals businesses. Mr. Patel also spent several years as lead for risk assessment and internal audits of Cargill’s diverse businesses within Asia. Mr. Patel holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Florida State University, Masters in Environmental Engineering from University of Florida, and a Master of Business Administration from University of Michigan.

Fernando Planchart Padula

Head of Legal and Corporate Secretary

Mr. Planchart is a senior executive with over 15 years of corporate, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, project financings and litigation experience. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Planchart worked as in-house senior counsel at AEI Services LLC, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, financing and development (including construction matters) of greenfield and brownfield projects in the energy sector. Earlier in his career, Mr. Planchart worked at international law firms in New York and Venezuela, focusing on litigation and corporate matters. Mr. Planchart holds a Juris Doctor from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Caracas, Venezuela) and a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School.

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