Golden Arrow said Benitez was an experienced geologist who had worked extensively in the public and private sector in Paraguay, including in local and international company exploration teams. Benitez "took part in the discovery of the Paso Yobai gold deposit, and the start-up and operation of the Independence mine, the first gold mine in Paraguay".
Working for the vice minister of mines and energy gave Benitez extensive insights into Paraguayan system of land tenure and permitting.
"Juan-Carlos' knowledge of the local geology, government procedures and communities has been instrumental in helping us identify, acquire and permit our new district-scale Tierra Dorada gold project," Golden Arrow VP exploration and development, Brian McEwen, said.
"With Juan-Carlos functioning as our in-country expert, supported by our experienced team in Mendoza, we look forward to a successful first exploration season in this exciting new jurisdiction."