Mr. Keith D. Phillips
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
Appointed on July 6, 2017, Mr. Phillips has a career on Wall Street spanning 30 years during which he has worked on strategic and financing transactions representing over $100 billion in aggregate value. Mr. Phillips was most recently a Senior Advisor with merchant banker Maxit Capital, after leading the mining investment banking teams for Merrill Lynch, Bear Stearns, JPMorgan and Dahlman Rose. Mr. Phillips has worked with numerous mining companies, including many established global leaders, and has dedicated most of the past decade to advising exploration and development-stage companies in achieving their strategic objectives, with a particular focus on obtaining relevance in the United States capital markets. Mr. Phillips received his Master of Business Administration from The University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Commerce from Laurentian University in Canada.
Mr. Ian Middlemas
Mr. Middlemas is a Chartered Accountant, a member of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He worked for a large international Chartered Accounting firm before joining the Normandy Mining Group where he was a senior group executive for approximately 10 years. He has had extensive corporate and management experience and is currently a director with a number of publicly listed companies in the resources sector. Mr. Middlemas was appointed a Director of the Company on 14 September 2009.
Mr. Jeff Armstrong
Mr. Armstrong resides in Charlotte, North Carolina where he is actively engaged in the community and has extensive relationships with major corporations and entrepreneurs alike. He serves as CEO and Managing Partner of North Inlet Advisors, LLC, a firm providing strategic and financial advice to companies on capital formation, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings, and other corporate transactions.
Mr. Armstrong was previously a senior leader in what is now Wells Fargo's Investment Bank for nearly a decade, where his leadership roles included the Head of Corporate Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity Coverage and Leveraged Capital groups. Mr. Armstrong also worked as an investment banker for Citigroup from 1994 to 1999, and for Morgan Stanley from 1987 to 1994.
Mr. Armstrong graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in finance and marketing from the McIntire School of Commerce and an MBA from the Darden School of Business.
Mr. Jorge M. Beristain
Mr. Beristain is CFO of Central Steel & Wire Co, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ryerson Corp (RYI.N). RYI is North America’s 2nd largest Service Center with over 100 locations in the US, Canada and Mexico supplying carbon & stainless steel, aluminum, red metals and semi-fabricated products to the machinery, transport, consumer durables, food processing, construction and energy sectors. Previously Mr. Beristain was Managing Director and Head of Deutsche Bank's Americas Metals & Mining equity research, where he was consistently ranked by institutional investors as one of the top analysts in the United States. During his over 20-year career on Wall Street, Mr. Beristain has lived and worked in the United States, Latin America and Canada and has visited hundreds of industrial companies worldwide. He is a proven strategic thinker with extensive international experience in the valuation of mining projects and metals operations and downstream metal uses. Mr. Beristain holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Mr. Levi Mochkin
Mr. Mochkin has been an executive director and key leader of the Ledger Holdings Pty Ltd. Group (the Ledger Group), located in Melbourne, Australia. Mr. Mochkin has been in the resources sector for over 30 years advising companies, identifying projects, and raising capital of over $800 million for mining projects. Ledger Holdings PTY LTD assists PLL with Business development. Mr. Mochkin was appointed a Director on 3 April 2006.
Mr. Anastasios (Taso) Arima
Mr. Arima is a resource company executive with a strong history of identifying company-making resource projects. He was the founder of the Company’s subsidiary Piedmont Lithium, Inc. and instrumental in identifying and securing the company’s Piedmont Lithium Project. He has extensive experience in the formation and development of energy and resource projects in North America and Europe. He attended the University of Western Australia where he earned a Bachelor of Commerce whilst studying for a Bachelor of Engineering. Mr. Arima was appointed a Director of the Company on 1 October 2016.