Mr. Keith D. Phillips
President & CEO
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. Patrick Brindle
Vice President – Project Management
Mr. Brindle has over 18 years of experience in the development of US and global mining operations, minerals processing plants and materials handling projects, and has expertise in all phases of project development from concept design, pre-feasibility and feasibility study, detailed design engineering, construction and commissioning, including EPC projects in North and South Carolina. He most recently worked as Vice President of Engineering for DRA Taggart in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and has a BS in Environmental Science and a BS in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Lamont Leatherman is an exploration geologist with over 25 years of experience. Mr. Leatherman is the former project geologist for BHP Minerals and Noranda. He has extensive experience in numerous styles of mineralization including lithium bearing pegmatite systems.
Mr. David Buckley
Vice President – Chief Process Engineer
Mr. Buckley is a 25-year veteran of the lithium business, having worked most recently as Chief Process Engineer of Quebec-based Critical Elements Corporation after senior positions with FMC's Lithium Division and Albemarle (former Rockwood Lithium). Mr. Buckley has extensive experience in lithium extraction from both hard rock resources and lithium bearing brines. He also brings experience in converting the extracted lithium into lithium carbonate, lithium hydroxide and other downstream lithium chemicals. He has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Mr. Bruce Czachor
Vice President – General Counsel
Mr. Czachor is a former partner of major international law firm Shearman & Sterling, and brings almost 30 years of experience in corporate governance, securities, M&A and commercial transactions. Mr. Czachor has represented a range of clients from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, and he has extensive experience in the mining industry and with initial US listings. He earned his BA from Binghamton University and his Juris Doctor from New York Law School.
Mr. Gregory (Greg) Swan
Mr. Swan is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Secretary. He commenced his career at a large international Chartered Accounting firm and has since worked in the corporate office of a number of listed companies that operate in the resources sector. Mr. Swan was appointed Company Secretary of the Company on 31 October 2012.
Dr. Vijay Mehta
Dr. Vijay Mehta will initially oversee the Company’s upcoming metallurgical testing to be conducted on the drill core from both the Phase 1 and Phase 2 drilling campaigns and will then be involved in the technical studies with regards to process and plant design on the Piedmont Lithium Project. His past experience with processing the spodumene pegmatites from the TSB will be invaluable to the Company over the coming years. Dr. Mehta is a lithium industry veteran with more than 45 years of experience in mineral and brine based processing technology and importantly he is based in Gastonia, just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Dr. Mehta holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Flotation Technology , and has authored more than 15 U.S. Patents relating to lithium processing and has published over 50 technology reports and 10 academic papers all related to lithium processing and related products.