What are the main differences between this new role and your
previous role as CEO of Queensland Magnesia?
My previous role was in a mature operating business whereas
the current role is taking a business from the exploration,
development and feasibility stage through to project
construction and operation.
What will your main responsibility be as a CEO of a
junior company that aims to enter the bauxite
Responsibilities include leading the development and
implementation of the companys strategic plan, and
optimisation of its resource base to produce and sell sintered
bauxite, refractory and ceramic proppant products. A key
function will be securing project financing for the development
and construction of the high quality bauxite resource.
What are the major plans to bring First Bauxite in
First Bauxite is undertaking a major review of its project
strategy for the Bonasika Project, which will cover the
potential production of mullite and sintered bauxite for the
refractory market, a range of ceramic proppant products for the
fracking market and chemical grade raw bauxite. As well as
this, a potential increase in project capacity is being
assessed and the company is evaluating a more cost effective
How are you planning to secure funding to continue
with the development of your main bauxite asset, the Bonasika
project in Guyana?
This will first require completing the review of the project
strategy and the existing feasibility study to determine if a
new project concept can be developed with an acceptable level
of return and risk profile. From that point, funding of the
project can be considered. However, it is too early to be
specific on the precise nature or composition of the
What are your plans regarding the other bauxite
assets, Essequibo-Demerara and Tarakuli in Guyana?
These are currently under review by the board.
Have you contacted any other parties to set up
We have previously discussed supply arrangements for
sintered bauxite with refractory producers. Future supply
arrangements for mullite, sintered bauxite and proppants will
be discussed with potential customers as part of the project
What is your current view of the bauxite market and
its near-term outlook, considering the progressively
deteriorating supply from China and Indonesias ban on
The North American and European refractory markets are
mature and have limited growth potential. However, we think
there is scope for another player in the mullite market, which
is dominated by one supplier and also the sintered bauxite
market, which is dominated by China. We are very excited about
the prospects of the ceramic proppant market especially in
North America, which is growing very strongly and is heavily
Finally, how do you spend your spare
CEOs generally have limited spare time but, coming
into my first Canadian winter, understanding the rules of ice
hockey will probably be on the list!
Jim Rogers has been voted in as an independent non-executive
director of PhosAgro.
Commerce Resources Corp.
John Christopher Gove has been appointed president of the
HAVER Southern Africa
Demelza Mulligan has replaced Joachim Hoppe as manager.
Bing Pan has been appointed as chief operations officer and
president, effective immediately.
Rob Lammertink has been appointed as R&D manager.
Stonegate Agricom Ltd
Mark N J Ashcroft resigned as president, CEO and director of
the company in September. Co-chairman Ian McDonald and Kerry
Knoll will jointly carry out CEO responsibilities until a
replacement is found.
Bacanora Minerals Ltd
Rare Earth Minerals CEO Kiran Morzaria has been appointed as
a non-executive director of Bacanora with immediate effect.
Rare Earth Minerals holds an 11.9% share in Bacanora.
Carl Lukach has been appointed as vice president, treasury,
tax and investor relations for the new performance chemicals
company, which is expected to be separated from DuPont
mid-2015. Gregory Friedman succeeds Lukach as vice president of
investor relations for Dupont.
Quest Rare Minerals
Pierre Lortie has been appointed as chairman of the board
and director, replacing Robert Leclerc.
Phosphate Holdings Inc.
Stephen S Russo has been appointed as CEO, replacing interim
CEO James Sherbert.
NioCorp Developments Ltd
Neal S Shah has been appointed as vice president.
Dow Chemical Company
Jack Broodo, president of Dow Chemical Canada ULC and
director of feedstocks for the companys North and Latin
America regions, has been named vice president of investor
relations for the company.
Navin Fluorine International Ltd
Smt Radhika Haribhakti has been appointed as an additional
director and independent director of the board.
Norman Steiner will remain chairman of the companys
board until May 2017 and Burkhard Lohr will remain in his post
as CFO until May 2020.
Celamin Holdings Ltd
Gary Scanlan has been appointed as a non executive director
of the board and chairman of the audit committee.