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Luis F. Saenz
CEO, President, and Director

  • Over 18 years of mining industry experience
  • Serving as CEO since joining Li3 in October 2009
  • Director on Li3’s Board of Directors since October 19, 2009
  • Formerly worked for Standard Bank’s investment banking unit, Standard Americas, Inc.
  • Joined in New York in 1997, then relocated to Peru in 1998 where he led Standard’s mining and metals organization effort in the Latin American region
  • Returned to New York in 2007 to lead Standard’s mining and metals team in the Americas
  • Previously worked in the base metals trading space for Pechiney World Trade before joining Merrill Lynch where he became Vice President for Commodities in Latin America
  • Also on the Board of Directors of Vancouver-based advanced stage gold and silver exploration and mining company Coronet Metals, which is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange
  • Received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and international affairs from Franklin and Marshall College in 1991


Luis Santillana
CFO, Treasurer and Secretary

  • Over 10 years of experience in the mining industry, specifically involving finance, strategic and financial planning, treasury management, and other financially related fields
  • Joined Li3 as Vice President of Finance in March 2012, later becoming CFO on July 1st
  • Previously served as Strategic Planning Manager for ENRC plc, a London-based diversified mining company listed on the London Stock Exchange (FTSE 100) that has $7 billion in revenue
  • Before ENRC, he was responsible for the financial planning and treasury functions at London Mining plc, an iron-ore mining company also listed on the London Stock Exchange (AIM)
  • Part of the core management team for Hochschild Mining plc, a Peruvian gold and silver producer, where he and the team led the company’s successful IPO and listing on the London Stock Exchange (FTSE 250)
  • Received his MBA from IESE Business School in Spain, and his Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de Lima in Peru