Tom Stepien has been appointed as a director of the company, Andrea Zaradic P.Eng as vice president of operations and Thomas Glück as chief technology officer.
All appointments have been effective since September 22.
“Proven leadership abilities”
Interim EMN chairman John Webster said: “We are very pleased to have been able to attract an executive of Tom’s calibre to our board.
“His depth of knowledge and his network in the energy storage industry fit well with our growth plans while his experience will be invaluable as we prepare the Chvaletice Manganese Project for commercial development and financing, complete its feasibility study and make a final investment decision.
“We feel strongly that Tom’s proven leadership abilities and impressive technical and entrepreneurial experience are ideally suited to work with our board as we strive to create value for our shareholders.”
Stepien has more than 30 years of global high technology management, operations and engineering experience at small and large companies.
Chief executive experience
He is currently CEO of Primus Power, a battery energy storage company headquartered in California’s Silicon Valley.
Prior to co-founding Primus, he was a vice president at semiconductor equipment manufacturer Applied Materials.
Stepien earned a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a co-inventor on numerous patents, and a frequent speaker at energy conferences.
He brings an international perspective, having led diverse teams in several countries.
"Strong technical and project management skills"
Zaradic has been working for EMN since April 2019 as a project director, responsible for the Chvaletice Manganese Project’s feasibility study and other special projects.
She has more than 30 years of experience in corporate, project and business development in the mining and renewable energy industries and has worked throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.
President and CEO Marco Romero said: “We are delighted to promote Andrea Zaradic to the key senior management position of vice president, operations.
“Her strong technical, leadership and project management skills have been clearly in evidence since she joined our team in early 2019.
“She is perfectly suited for this role as we enter the exciting and demanding next phase of the Chvaletice Manganese Project development.”
Chemical engineer with in-depth experience
Glück, who has been EMN’s vice president of project development since January 2018 and a manganese processing consultant to the company since 2016, has been appointed chief technology officer.
He is a chemical engineer with more than 30 years of in-depth experience in the design, development and operation of high-purity manganese processing plants.
Glück has played a key role in the evaluation, planning and design of the process flowsheet of the Chvaletice Manganese Project.
Romero said: “We are also very pleased that Thomas Glück has assumed the role of chief technology officer.
"He has been a valuable member of our team for four years and will now focus his attention on the technological aspects that are critical to the success of the project.
"He will support guide our team to achieve excellence in its mission to competitively produce exceptional quality manganese products, made in the most sustainable manner.”