Orocobre
Leadership

Robert Hubbard

ROBERT HUBBARD  (BA (Hons), FCA)

Non-Executive Chairman

Robert was appointed a Director in November 2012 and appointed Chairman in July 2016 following the resignation of James Calaway. Robert was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers for over 20 years until 2013. During his time as a PwC partner, he served as auditor and adviser for some of Australia’s largest resource companies with activities throughout Australia, Papua New Guinea, West Africa and South America. His experience has covered a range of commodities including base metals, gold, oil and gas and thermal and metallurgical coal.

Robert also serves as a non-executive Director in various community and commercial focussed organisations. He is currently a Director of JK Tech Pty Ltd and Council member of the University of the Sunshine Coast. Mr Hubbard is a non-executive Director of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited, Primary Health Care Limited and Chairman of Central Petroleum Limited. Robert is currently a member of the Remuneration Committee and the Audit Committee. He was formerly the Chairman of the Audit Committee.

Richard Seville

RICHARD P. SEVILLE  (BSc (Hons) Mining Geology, MEngSc Rock Engineering, MAusIMM, ARSM)

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Richard joined the Board of Orocobre as Managing Director in 2007, when it was an unlisted Argentinian explorer, chaired by Neil Stuart.  Neil and Richard took Orocobre through to listing on the ASX in December 2007.

Richard is a mining geologist and geotechnical engineer and has over 30 years’ experience in exploration, development and production, and over 20 years in the corporate field as a Director involved in resource development funding.

Richard has managed Orocobre’s growth from an explorer in Argentina to become a successful producer of lithium carbonate at the Olaroz project and he was instrumental in negotiating the Toyota Tsusho Joint Venture in 2010.

He is a graduate of the Royal School of Mines and James Cook University in North Queensland and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honours in Mining and Geology and a Master of Engineering Science. Richard is also a director of Leyshon Resources, a small ASX listed company.

John Gibson

JOHN W. GIBSON, JR.  (BGeolSc, M.S Geology)

Non-Executive Director

John was appointed a Director in March 2010. John is a recognised leader in the energy technology and services industry with more than 25 years of global energy experience. John was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Tervita Corporation and is currently a Director of Tervita, a major Canadian environmental and oil field services company.

Prior to joining Tervita, John served as Chief Executive Officer of an enterprise software solutions company serving oil and gas industry clients and has held senior positions with the Halliburton Group of Companies, most recently as President of Halliburton’s Energy Services Group. John serves on the Boards of Directors for Tervita, Blue Spark Energy Inc., and I-Pulse Inc. He is a member of the University of Houston Energy Advisory Committee, and Houston Baptist University Board of Trustees.

John holds a Bachelor of Science from Auburn University and a Master of Science from the University of Houston and is a member of several professional societies. He is currently Chairman of the Audit Committee.

Courtney Pratt

COURTNEY PRATT

Non-Executive Director

Courtney was appointed a Director in March 2010. Courtney has enjoyed a 40-year career at the helm of some of Canada’s top industrial businesses, particularly in the energy, minerals, and mining sectors. From 2004 to 2006, he was President and CEO of Stelco, a major Canadian steel producer, guiding it through a court supervised restructuring, and then served as Stelco’s Chairman until the company’s sale to the US Steel Corporation in 2007. Earlier, Courtney served as the President and CEO of Toronto Hydro, North America’s largest municipally owned electricity distributor. He also served as President and subsequently as Chairman of Noranda Inc., a global diversified natural resource company headquartered in Toronto. In this capacity he served as a Director of Noranda Minerals Inc., Falconbridge Ltd., Battle Mountain Gold Company, Noranda Forest Inc., (Chairman), Norcen Energy Resources Limited and Canadian Hunter Exploration Limited.

Courtney served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Region Research Alliance to March 2010. He is also a board member of MD Financial Holdings and Chairman of CMA Holdings, the physician services arm of the Canadian Medical Association. Mr. Pratt was awarded the Order of Canada in January 1999. He is Lead Independent Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee.

 Fernando Oris Deroa

FERNANDO ORIS DE ROA (M.P.Adm.)

Non-Executive Director

Fernando was appointed a Director in June 2010. Fernando is a highly successful business leader with a history of developing and operating large enterprises within Argentina and has a reputation for upholding integrity and social responsibility in his business practices. He began his career in 1970 with large trading company Continental Grain, working in the USA, Spain, Switzerland, Brazil and Argentina eventually rising through the ranks to be responsible for all of Latin America. As Chief Executive of S.A. San Miguel, Fernando was widely credited with turning the company into the largest and most profitable lemon products company in the world. The process of restructuring included listing S.A. San Miguel on the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange in 1997.

Fernando was Chief Executive and significant shareholder of Avex S.A. from 2004 to 2012. He has also held the role of Director of Patagonia Gold Ltd. He holds a Masters of Public Administration from The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

During 2015, Fernando led the turnaround of the largest fruit exporter Expofrut S.A. (apples, pears and grapes) implementing a new business model and redesigning the organization accordingly. He is currently the Undersecretary of Investment, Government of the City of Buenos Aires.

Fernando is a member of the Audit Committee.

Federico Nicholson

FEDERICO NICHOLSON  (LL.B.)

Non-Executive Director

Federico was appointed Director in September 2010.
Federico has been a member of the Board of Ledesma, a diversified Argentine agro-industrial producer since 1991, also serving as Executive Director until June 2014.

He is currently Chairman of CEADS (Consejo Empresario Argentino para el Desarrollo Sustentable), an Argentinian local division of WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development), and president of La Payana S.A.

Additional positions held throughout his career include President of Argentine North Regional Center and President of Chacra Experimental Agricola Santa Rosa for 19 years respectively, Vice President of the Argentine Pulp and Paper Association, Deputy Secretary of the Food Industries Association, and Vice President of the Argentine Corn Starch and Syrups Chamber, Vice President of the Argentine Industrial Union (UIA) for fourteen consecutive years (1999-2013), and President of the National Industrial Movement.

Federico has been a Board member of various sports organisations, including Mar del Plata Golf Club among others, where he was the president from 2002 to 2009.

Since graduating from the University of Buenos Aires with a Law qualification, Federico has continued his association with the institution as a member of the Company’s Remuneration Committee.

Leanne Heywood

LEANNE HEYWOOD  (BBus MBA CPA AICD AUSIMM)

Non-Executive Director

Leanne was appointed a director in September 2016. Leanne is an executive and leader with over 25 years corporate experience in the mining sector, including 10 years with Rio Tinto. Her experience includes strategic marketing, business finance and compliance and she has led organisational restructures, disposals and acquisitions. Additionally, she has had significant experience in complex cross-cultural negotiations and international customer and stakeholder relationship management (including governments, communities and investment partners).

Leanne holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Charles Sturt University and an MBA from the Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, CPA Australia and AUSIMM.

Leanne serves as a non-executive director for Gunawirra, a not-for-profit organisation working to empower young Aboriginal parents, and is a member of the NSW Council for Women’s Economic Opportunity. Ms Heywood is a member of the Audit committee.

Neil Kaplan

NEIL KAPLAN  (BAcc, CA)

Chief Financial Officer & Joint Company Secretary

Neil was appointed Chief Financial Officer on 7 January 2013 and Company Secretary on 1 July 2013. Neil is a Chartered Accountant and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Company with over 20 years of experience in managerial and finance positions obtained on four different continents.

Neil’s experience in the resources sector was achieved working in executive financial roles for Glencore International and formerly TSX listed company Coalcorp Mining, both based in Colombia. Neil holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and is a member of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA) and South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).

Alex Losada

ALEX LOSADA (BGeoSC (Honours), PhD, MAusIMM)

Chief Operating Officer

Alex joined Orocobre as General Manager of Operations in May 2016 and has more than 25 years’ experience in senior management roles in Australia and overseas as a Non-Executive Chairman, Non-Executive Director, Managing Director, Vice President of Exploration, Country Manager, Project Manager and Business/Market Development Manager and has past experience as a consultant for mining and technology companies, government agencies and universities.

Alex holds a Bachelor Degree (Honours) in Geological Sciences from Universidad Nacional del Sur (Argentina) and a PhD in Economic Geology and Geochemistry from Monash University (Australia) is a competent person as defined under JORC and NI43-101 and is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Rick Anthon

RICK ANTHON  (BA LLB FAIM MAICD)

General Counsel and Joint Company Secretary

Rick was appointed Joint Company Secretary on 10 March 2015. Rick is a practicing lawyer with over 30 years’ experience in both corporate and commercial law. He also has extensive experience in the resource sector, as a director of a number of resource companies and as legal adviser, including project acquisition and development, capital raising and corporate governance.

 David Hall

DAVID HALL  (BBus Mgt (Mktg))

Business Development Manager

David has extensive business management, market development, marketing and logistics experience in domestic and international chemical and industrial mineral markets across a wide range of products and geographies.

Prior to joining Orocobre, he worked for 19 years in a number of executive roles with ICI Australia and Orica Australia and subsequently with Queensland Magnesia.

David holds a Bachelor of Business Management (Marketing) degree from the Queensland University of Technology.

Cristian Saavedra

CRISTIAN SAAVEDRA  (MBA, BEng (Chem), MEng (Chem))

General Manager, Olaroz Project Sales de Jujuy

Cristian has extensive experience in executive and operational positions in chemical–mining companies including General Management, Production Management, Head of the Technical/Development Department and Process Engineering roles. His experience includes the technical and commercial development of chemical compounds, industrial gases and polymers. Cristian has specific experience in the successful construction, commissioning, ramp up and expansion of chemical-mining plants.

He holds an MBA from Federico Santa María Technical University, Santiago de Chile, a Degree in Chemical Engineering from Federico Santa Maria Technical University, Valparaiso, Chile and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Chemistry, UTSM, Valpo.

IVAN GOMEZ

IVAN GOMEZ  (PhD & MEng., MIIOP)

General Manager, Borax Argentina

Ivan has over 17 years of experience in Project, Operations and Site Management, involved in the exploration, designing, and development of over 20 open pit mines and quarries. He has managed mining operations in mineral resources such as industrial minerals (silica sand, quartz, dunite, serpentinite, gypsum, clay), dimension stone (granite, limestone, quartzite) and aggregates. As a consultant, Ivan has worked over 10 years in projects, studies, and expert reports related to mining, hydrology and renewable energy. For seven years, he worked simultaneously as a University Professor and Researcher, teaching courses in surface and underground mining, tunnelling, rock and soil mechanics, maintenance, and health and safety.

Ivan holds a Master’s Degree in Mining Engineering, a PhD in Mining Engineering, and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Innovation and Process Optimisation, all from the University of Vigo, in Spain.

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