Directors

Directors

  • 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.

  • Wang Xiaoshen

    Director

    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

    Director

    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

    Director

    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

    Director

    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.

  • Franco Mignacco

    Director

    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.

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