Leadership Team

The Eriez Flotation has a leadership team that has successfully led projects, operations and businesses related to mineral processing across the globe.  This gives us the perspective and depth of experience to be a trusted equipment vendor and partner to operations, engineers and mining companies throughout the world.  Here is our global leadership team.


Jaisen N. Kohmuench, Ph.D, PE
Senior Director, Pacific Region

Based in the USA

Jaisen has a B.Sc, M.Sc and Ph.D in mining and mineral processing from Virginia Tech.  As a doctoral candidate, he was sponsored by Eriez.  During this time, he was integral in the development of several patented technologies that are now the basis of Eriez Flotation's new technology portfolio.  Jaisen has numerous publications in the field of mineral processing and continues to support Eriez Flotation technically and commercially.     

Michael J. Mankosa, Ph.D
Executive Vice President - Global Technology, Eriez
President - Eriez Flotation Board of Directors
Based in the USA

Michael J. Mankosa is a graduate of the Mining and Minerals Engineering Department at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute where he received a Ph.D in 1990 in the area of process equipment design, instrumentation and control.

Michael was later employed as Director of Research & Development for Carpco, Inc. located in Jacksonville, Florida. Subsequently, he joined Eriez Magnetics as Technical Director in 1997 and was promoted to Vice President of Operations in 2003.  In his current position, he is responsible for Research & Development, Engineering, Information Systems and Manufacturing Operations.  He is also responsible for the acquisition and operation of two international engineering affiliate offices which have since grown into a separate minerals flotation division with six offices around the world.

Eric Bain Wasmund, Ph.D, P.Eng
Global Managing Director
Based in Canada

Eric graduated in Chemical Engineering (B.Sc Queen's) and has a Ph.D in process metallurgy (Ph.D McMaster) and is a licensed professional engineer in Ontario and British Columbia.  He spent almost twenty years working for Inco and Vale in a number of technical and commercial roles worldwide related to process engineering and extractive metallurgy, most recently as the engineering manager for corporate capital projects.  He has also worked at Outotec, where he managed the North American flotation products business.


South America


Javier Baeza
Deputy Managing Director – Eriez Flotation|Chile
Based in Chile

Javier has a B.Sc in Civil Engineering from the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (UTFSM) in Valparaiso, Chile.  He is responsible for Eriez Flotation’s Chile office.

Javier has over 15 years’ experience in project management and sales in different markets such as oil and gas, construction and mining. Before joining Eriez, Javier has worked as a project manager and as a product manager at Prodalam, which specializes in the supply of equipment and materials for tunnels, civil and mining projects.

Jose Concha
Deputy Managing Director – Eriez Flotation|Peru
Based in Peru

Jose is a licensed Chemical Engineer (B.Sc, San Agustin University, Arequipa) and has a M.Sc in Metallurgical Engineering from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and an MBA from ESAN Graduate School of Business, Lima.

Before joining Eriez in 2012, Jose worked at Outotec (Peru) where he has held positions as process engineer, flotation manager and concentrator and hydrometallurgical plants manager for the Andean Market (Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia).

Prior to that, Jose has worked as a senior supervisor at Newmont’s Yanacocha Mine (Newmont), a supervisor at Milpo’s Pampa de Cobre & Atacocha Mine, and as a process engineer at Buenaventura’s Orcopampa Mine and Transmin Metallurgical Consultants.


Luciano Arantes
Deputy Managing Director – Eriez Flotation|Brasil
Based in Brasil

Luciano graduated with a Bachelor in Accounting at the Catholic University, Minas Gerais and a specialization in Cost Management from IETEC. He spent more than 15 years working as a Controller at a number of automotive multinational companies before joining Eriez in 2012.

Luciano manages the office in Brasil including management, planning, internal controls, treasury, financial statements, auditing, legal requirements, financials reporting, tax issues, IT and HR using his hands-on skill. He is also responsible for CAPEX and OPEX analyses.                  

He has additional responsibility for overseeing financials statements  and controls across all of the Eriez Flotation South America offices.


North America


Shashi Nemade, P.Eng
Operations Director, Canadian Ops
Based in Canada

Shashi is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from Pune University in India and is a licensed Professional Engineer in British Columbia, Canada.  He has also completed his diploma in Business Management from Pune University.  Shashi has been a key member of the global Eriez Flotation team since 2006 and is now responsible for running the Canadian Operations, which includes sales, engineering and project execution in North America and around the world.

Eric Yan
Deputy Managing Director – Eriez Flotation|USA
Based in the USA

Eric joined Eriez in 2005 as a Research Engineer in the R&D Process Group. He completed his undergraduate Mining Engineering degree at the National Taipei University, after which he was accepted for graduate studies at Virginia Tech. Upon completion of his graduate studies, Eric accepted the position of Product Development Manager with Outotec (formerly Outokumpu) in Jacksonville, Florida. While at Outotec, Eric was responsible for several international patents.

Since joining Eriez, Eric has contributed to the development of Eriez Flotation’s flotation and density separation product lines. Eric is currently responsible for running Eriez Flotation's very successful full-service test lab and pilot facility in Erie PA.  This lab allows customers to develop and test innovative custom-tailored flow-sheets and size Eriez' proprietary process equipment.