Directors & Management

ROBERT HUBBARD  (BA (Hons), FCA)
Non-Executive Chairman

Mr. Hubbard was appointed a Director in November 2012 and appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of Orocobre in July 2016 following the resignation of Mr. Calaway. Mr. Hubbard 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.

Mr. Hubbard 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. Mr. Hubbard is currently a member of the Remuneration Committee and the Audit Committee. He was formerly the Chairman of the Audit Committee.

 

 

RICHARD P. SEVILLE  (BSc (Hons) Mining Geology, MEngSc Rock Engineering, MAusIMM, ARSM)
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Mr Seville was appointed a Director in April 2007. Mr. Seville is a mining geologist and geotechnical engineer with over 30 years’ minerals sector experience covering exploration, mine development and mine operations. He has had significant corporate experience, having had many years in the role of Operations Director and/or CEO in ASX/AIM listed mining companies. Mr. Seville is a graduate of the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College and James Cook University North Queensland.

Directorships held in other ASX listed companies in the last three years:
Leyshon Resources Ltd (Feb 2007 - Present)
Elementos Limited (Nov 2013 – Oct 2015)


JOHN W. GIBSON, JR.  (BGeolSc, M.S Geology)
Non-Executive Director

Mr. Gibson was appointed a Director in March 2010. Mr. Gibson, is a recognised leader in the energy technology and services industry with more than 25 years of global energy experience. Mr. Gibson 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, Mr. Gibson 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. Mr. Gibson 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.

Mr. Gibson 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.

Directorships held in other ASX listed companies in the last three years: Nil

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COURTNEY PRATT
Non-Executive Director

Mr Pratt was appointed a Director in March 2010. Mr. Pratt 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, Mr. Pratt 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. Mr. Pratt 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.

Directorships held in other ASX listed companies in the last three years: Nil



FERNANDO ORIS DE ROA (M.P.Adm.)
Non-Executive Director

Mr Oris de Roa was appointed a Director in June 2010. Mr Oris de Roa 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. In 1970, Mr Oris de Roa began his career 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, Mr. Oris de Roa 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.

Mr Oris de Roa 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, Mr. Oris de Roa has been leading the turnaround of the largest fruit exporter Expofrut S.A. (apples, pears and grapes) implementing a new business model and redesigning the organization accordingly. Mr Oris de Roa is currently the Undersecretary of Investment, Government of the City of Buenos Aires.

Mr. Oris de Roa is a member of the Audit Committee.
Directorships held in other ASX listed companies in the last three years: Nil


 

FEDERICO NICHOLSON  (LL.B.)
Non-Executive Director 

Mr Nicholson was appointed Director in September 2010.

Mr. Nicholson 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 during Mr Nicholson’s 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.
Mr Nicholson 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, Mr Nicholson has continued his association with the institution as a member of the Remuneration Committee. Mr Nicholson is a member of the Company’s Remuneration Committee.

Directorships held in other ASX listed companies in the last three years: Nil


   

LEANNE HEYWOOD  (BBus MBA CPA AICD AUSIMM)
Non-Executive Director 

Ms Heywood was appointed a director in September 2016. Ms Heywood 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).

Ms Heywood 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.

Ms Heywood 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  (BAcc, CA)
Chief Financial Officer & Joint Company Secretary

Mr Kaplan was appointed Chief Financial Officer on 7 January 2013 and Company Secretary on 1 July 2013. Mr. Kaplan 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.

Mr. Kaplan’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. Mr. Kaplan 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).


   

RICK ANTHON  (BA LLB FAIM MAICD)
General Counsel and Joint Company Secretary

Mr Anthon was appointed Joint Company Secretary on 10 March 2015. Mr Anthon is a practicing lawyer with over 30 years' experience in both corporate and commercial law. Mr Anthon 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  (BBus Mgt (Mktg))
Business Development Manager

Mr Hall 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, Mr Hall worked for 19 years in a number of executive roles with ICI Australia and Orica Australia and more recently 2 years with Queensland Magnesia.

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

 

CRISTIAN SAAVEDRA  (MBA, BEng (Chem), MEng (Chem))
General Manager, Olaroz Project Sales de Jujuy

Mr Saavedra 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. Mr Saavedra has specific experience in the successful construction, commissioning, ramp up and expansion of chemical-mining plants.

Mr Saavedra 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 Masters Degree in Engineering Chemistry, UTSM, Valpo.

 
 

IVAN GOMEZ  (PhD & MEng., MIIOP)
General Manager, Borax Argentina

Mr Gómez 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, Mr Gomez 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.

Mr. Gómez 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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