As President, CEO and a Director of Kaizen, Matthew Hornor provides strategic leadership and is responsible for leading the development and execution of long-term strategy with a view to creating and maximizing shareholder value. Mr. Hornor has extensive experience in the mineral exploration industry where he has participated in the structuring and execution of complex financial transactions and capital raising activities. Mr. Hornor has been Executive Vice President, Business Development and Legal of Ivanhoe Mines (formerly Ivanplats) since May 2010 and was instrumental in a Japanese consortium's US$280 million investment in Ivanhoe's Platreef platinum group metals project in South Africa in 2011.
Mr. Hornor previously served as Vice President with Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (now Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd.) and was based out of Beijing, China. Before joining Ivanhoe, Mr. Hornor worked as a Senior Associate with the international law firm, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, LLP in Tokyo, Japan, representing Japanese clients in out-bound cross border transactions, and top-tier U.S. investment banks in corporate finance projects and merger and acquisition transactions totalling several billion dollars in the aggregate. Mr. Hornor also sits on the board of directors of Western Lithium and DuSolo Fertilizers Inc.
Mr. Hornor is a graduate of the University of Southern California (Bachelor of Arts) and the University of Virginia School of Law (Juris Doctorate). Mr. Hornor received two Japanese Ministry of Education (Mombusho) fellowships and completed graduate and post-graduate work at Tohoku University in Sendai and at Tokyo University in Law and Economics.