Board of Directors
Mark Hohnen – Executive Director / Chairman
Mr. Hohnen has experience in the Japanese, Chinese and Korean markets, all of which play a significant role in the production of lithium ion batteries and the development of electric vehicle technology. Mr. Hohnen has been involved in the mineral resource sector since the late 1970s. He has had extensive international business experience in a wide range of industries including mining and exploration, property, investment, software and agriculture. He has held a number of directorships in both public and private companies, including Anglo Pacific Resources Plc. Mr. Hohnen was also a director of Kalahari Minerals and Extract Resources, having successfully negotiated the sale of both companies to Taurus (CGN). Mr Hohnen is currently a director of Pensana Rare Earths Plc, the ASX and LSE listed rare earth metals explorer. He also served as Non-Executive Chairman of BOSS Resources Ltd and director of Salt Lake Potash Limited.
Peter Secker – Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director
Mr. Secker is a mining engineer with over 35 years experience in the resources industry. During his career he has built and operated a number of mines and metallurgical processing facilities in Africa, Australia, China and Canada. His operating and project experience spans a number of commodities, including titanium, copper, iron ore, gold and lithium. For the past fifteen years Peter has been Chief Executive of a number of publicly listed companies in Canada, UK and Australia.
Eileen Carr – Non-Executive Director
Ms Carr has been a key member of teams behind the development of a number of successful mining operations across the world, including the Freda Rebecca gold mine in Zimbabwe, the Ayanfuri gold mine in Ghana, the Kalsaka gold mine in Burkina Faso and the Angovia gold mine in Ivory Coast. She has served as Finance Director/ CFO for both private and public companies starting with Cluff Resources in 1993. She has since gone on to hold several executive directorships in the resource sector, including CFO at both AIM traded Monterrico Metals plc and Alexander Mining plc, and Director at European Goldfields Inc. Ms Carr has also held a number of Non-Executive Directorships and currently sits on the Board and the Audit Committee of Sylvania Platinum Limited and Firestone Diamonds plc. Her first non-executive role was for Banro Corp in 1998 and more recently she was a Non-Executive Director for Talvivaara Mining Co, the Finnish nickel company, and Goldstar Resources NL, an ASX listed gold company. Ms Carr is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, holds an MSc in Management from London University and is a SLOAN fellow of London Business School.
James Strauss – Non-Executive Director
Mr. Strauss has 30 years’ experience within the stockbroking and mining finance sector. Currently, he is Founder and Director of Digbee Ltd, an Expert Network and Alternative Research Platform that is transforming due diligence within the mining industry. He is also Director of mining finance boutique, Strauss Partners Ltd, based in London, UK. He was Managing Director at BMO Capital Markets from 2007 to 2009. He has raised in excess of $1bn for projects spanning the globe in both energy and mineral world on behalf of leading institutions in UK, Europe, North America and Australia. Mr. Strauss is an Independent Director of Altius Minerals and Gold Standard Ventures.
Dr Andres Antonius – Non-Executive Director
Dr. Andres Antonius is a Mexican national who has held positions in the Government of Mexico as well as in the private sector and academia. Dr. Antonius previously served as Undersecretary for Energy Policy and prior to that was a staff member at the Agriculture Secretariat. Dr. Antonius is currently CEO of Plan B, a provider of strategic advice to a range of clients. Prior to founding Plan B, he was the President of the Consulting Services Group at Kroll, a world leader in risk management, business intelligence, and investigations. Dr. Antonius has also held the position of Director of Strategic Planning at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México ('ITAM') and has taught economic theory, game theory, and crisis management at both the ITAM and the Universidad Iberoamericana. He received a B.A., Masters and PhD degree in Economics from Harvard University.
Junichi Tomono – Non-Executive Director
Mr. Tomono has over 23 years' experience with Hanwa, during which time he has worked in the metals, chemicals, alloys, scrap metals and mining divisions. Mr. Tomono has a special focus on the battery chemicals sector including lithium. As head of the newly formed Primary Metal department and as a director of two of the companies Hanwa has invested in, Mr. Tomono has played a key role in Hanwa adopting a more global focus in response to the rapid growth in the lithium battery sector.
Wang Xiaoshen – Non-Executive Director
Mr. Wang Xiaoshen is the Vice President of Ganfeng and the vice-chairman of its board of directors. Mr. Wang Xiaoshen is primarily responsible for the marketing, investment and overseas business of Ganfeng and has over 25 years of experience in sales and marketing of lithium products. He is a director of Ganfeng Lithium Limited International, Mariana Lithium, RIM and Lithium Americas. Mr Wang obtained a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering management from North China University of Technology in the People’s Republic of China in 1990 and an EMBA from the China Europe International Business School in the People’s Republic of China in 2002.
Graeme Purdy - Non-Executive Director
Mr. Graeme Purdy has over 25 years’ experience in the resources and battery industries and is Chief Executive Officer of Aim-listed Ilika Plc (“Ilika”) (ticker: IKA), a solid-state lithium battery technology developer. Since joining Ilika in 2004, Graeme has led two successful rounds of venture funding before floating the company on AIM in 2010. Earlier in his career, Graeme worked with Shell, the global energy group, focusing on the design, construction and commissioning of large process engineering projects in remote locations, including Latin America.
Graeme holds a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge and an MBA from INSEAD business school in France. Graeme is a Chartered Engineer and a Sainsbury Management Fellow.