• George Ireland

    Chairman of the Board

    Mr. Ireland has over thirty-five years of experience in the mining and metals industry in positions ranging from field geologist to banking and venture capital. Mr. Ireland founded Geologic Resource Partners in 2004 and serves as Chief Investment Officer and CEO. From 2000 to 2004, he was General Partner of Ring Partners, LP, a predecessor investment partnership to GRP. From 1993 to 2000, Mr. Ireland was an analyst for and a partner in Knott Partners LP where he specialized in resource investing. Prior to 1993, Mr. Ireland held a variety of positions at Cleveland-Cliffs Inc, The Chase Manhattan Bank, ASARCO Inc. and VenturesTrident LP. Mr. Ireland graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS from the School of Natural Resources and is a Fellow in the Society of Economic Geologists. Mr. Ireland also serves on the boards of Africo Resources Ltd, Amerigo Resources Ltd, Rathdowney Resources Ltd., Taseko Mines Ltd. and Merrill & Ring Inc, a private timber company in the US.

  • John Kanellitsas

    Director, President & Vice-Chairman

    John Kanellitsas served as the CEO of Lithium Americas Corp until its September 2015 merger with Western Lithium USA Corporation. He has over twenty five years of business experience with positions at prominent investment banks and asset management firms in San Francisco, New York, Boston and Sun Valley, Idaho. John has a Masters of Business Administration from the University of California at Los Angeles and a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University.

  • Tom Hodgson

    Director & CEO

    Tom Hodgson was Executive Chairman and a member of the Board of Directors of Lithium Americas Corp. from pre-IPO to the merger with Western Lithium. Before being actively involved with Lithium Americas, Mr. Hodgson had a career in banking, finance, and money management, and has served as COO or CEO on the Board of Directors of a number of public and private companies in Canada and the United Kingdom, including Central Guaranty Trustco,, Marathon Asset Management, and Magna Entertainment Corp. Tom holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Law from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada.

  • Wang Xiaoshen


    Mr. Wang is currently the vice-chairman and executive vice-president of Ganfeng Lithium Corporation. He possesses an in-depth understanding of the lithium industry and market through his lengthy experience in sales and marketing of lithium products in China and around the world. He was integral to the formation of Ganfeng Lithium and has been instrumental to its growth as the managing director since 2006. Mr. Wang graduated from the North China University of Technology in Beijing in 1990 and subsequently established himself in the lithium sector with China State-Owned Enterprises (SOE). He also holds an executive MBA from the China Europe International Business School.

  • Chaiwat Kovavisarach


    Mr. Kovavisarach is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Bangchak Corporation Public Company Limited. Prior to this position, Mr. Kovavisarach acted as an advisor to Avantgarde Capital Company Limited. Mr. Kovavisarach has a Master of Business Administration from Thammasat University, Thailand, and a Master of Engineering from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand and a Bachelor of Engineering (Honors) from King Mongjut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Thailand.

  • Jonathan Evans


    Mr. Evans serves at the Chief Operating Officer of Diversitech Corporation; a portfolio company of the private equity firm Permira. He has more than 20 years of operations and executive management experience across businesses of various sizes and industries. Before joining DiversiTech he was the EVP of Global Operations and Supply Chain and later the interim President/CEO at Arysta LifeScience, a $2B+ global agrochemical manufacturer formerly owned by the private equity firm Permira. Prior to that he served as the vice president and general manager for the Lithium Division at FMC Corporation, a leading global lithium supplier. Evans spent more than a decade with General Electric in the earlier part of his career in various global supply chain and executive management roles in their Advanced Materials and Plastics businesses. After earning a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University, Evans served in the United States Army as an Armor/Cavalry officer. He subsequently earned a master’s of science in business management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

  • Gary Cohn


    Mr. Cohn had a lengthy career with Magna International Inc. which began in 1989. His roles with Magna included overseeing the mergers and acquisitions function, serving as in-house legal counsel and acting as corporate secretary. From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Cohn held the position of Vice-President, Special Projects with Magna Entertainment Corp. During his career, he also practiced corporate and securities law with two large national law firms in Canada. Since his retirement from Magna, Mr. Cohn has worked as an independent consultant on corporate development matters and served as an independent director. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the former Lithium Americas Corp. from 2014 until its merger with the Company. Mr. Cohn holds a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo, a Master of Business Administration degree from York University, and a Juris Doctor degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.

  • Jean Fraser


    Ms. Fraser has had a distinguished legal career as a partner and leader at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, a pre-eminent Canadian law firm. She has been a leading advisor of boards and management of prominent public companies on corporate governance, multijurisdictional transactions and other business critical matters. Ms. Fraser holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Juris Doctor degree, both from the University of Toronto and Bar Admission from the Law Society of Upper Canada.

  • Franco Mignacco


    Franco Mignacco, has been the President of the Company's wholly owned subsidiary Minera Exar S.A., a 50/50 Joint Venture with SQM (est. March 2016) since September 2015. He was the Vice Chairman of Lithium Americas Corp., from June 25, 2013 to September 2015. Franco holds an MBA from San Andres University, Buenos Aires, Argentina and his honours in mining at Universidad Austral, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

  • Gabriel Rubacha

    Director, President of South American Operations

    Gabriel Rubacha was previously the Commercial Director of Techint Engineering and Construction. Prior to this position, Mr. Rubacha served as the Managing Director of the Southern Cone Region (Argentina, Chile and Uruguay), General Manager at Techint Chile, Project Director for the Pascua Lama Project, Business and Contract Manager at Veladero Project and Business Development, and Commercial Manager for Techint Engineering and Construction. Mr. Rubacha has an MBA from the Universidad de Belgrano/Ecole des Ponts et Chaussees, Paris, France, graduated from the Executive Program at the Darden School of Business of the University of Virginia, and has an Aeronautical Engineering degree from the Universidad Tecnologica Nacional, Argentina.

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