James D. Calaway, Executive Chairman

James Calaway was the Non-Executive Chairman of Orocobre Ltd for eight years until his retirement in July 2016. He led Orocobre from early development to become a significant producer of lithium carbonate and a member of the ASX 300.

James is currently Chairman Distributed Power Partners Inc, a Canadian international distributed power development company which is a leader in clustered distributed solar power development. 

He has also been a chair of several other U.S. corporate boards including the Centre for Houston's Future, and the Houston Independent School District Foundation.

James was appointed Executive Chairman on 1 July 2020. 

Bernard Rowe, Managing Director
Bernard Rowe

Bernard Rowe was appointed managing director in August 2007. He has more than 25 years’ international experience in mineral exploration and mine development. His diverse mineral industry experience includes gold, copper, zinc, diamond, lithium and boron exploration in Australia, Europe, Africa, North America and South America.

He led the Company’s listing on the ASX in 2007 with a focus on gold and copper exploration in Nevada and Peru.

In early 2016 Bernard visited a little-known lithium-boron deposit in southern Nevada – later to be renamed Rhyolite Ridge. 

Julian Babarczy, Non-Executive Director
Julian Babarczy

Julian Babarczy brings over 20 years finance and investment industry experience, having held several analyst and portfolio leadership and management roles over that time. Almost two-thirds of his career was as a key member of Australia's largest actively managed and arguably most successful hedge fund, Regal Funds Management. Regal Funds Management has been a long-term shareholder in ioneer.

He is currently the Chairman of Perpetual Resources Limited, an ASX listed explorer of silica sands, striving to produce high purity silica for domestic and international markets.

Julian holds a Bachelor of Business degree from Monash University and a Graduate Diploma in Mineral Exploration Geosciences from Curtin University.

Alan Davies, Non-Executive Director
Alan Davies

Alan Davies  has expertise in running and leading mining businesses with Rio Tinto, most recently as chief executive, Energy & Minerals. Former roles include chief executive, Diamonds & Minerals and chief financial officer of Rio Tinto Iron Ore.

Alan held management positions in Australia, London and the US for Rio Tinto's Iron Ore and Energy businesses, and has run and managed operations in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North and South America. He is also a former director of Rolls Royce Holdings plc.

John Hofmeister, Non-Executive Director
John Hofmeister

John Hofmeister was the president of Shell Oil Company (U.S.A.) from 2005 to 2008 and director of human resources. Mr. Hofmeister also has held executive leadership positions in General Electric Company, Nortel Network Corporation and AlliedSignal (now Honeywell International Inc.).

He founded Citizens for Affordable Energy. He is also a key member of the United States Energy Security Council.

John currently serves as non-executive director of Applus+ and was formerly a non-executive director of Hunting Plc London (United Kingdom).

Senior Management

Ian Bucknell
Ian Bucknell

Chief Financial Officer

Ian has more than 20 years of international resource experience including being CFO of AWE Limited and Drillsearch Energy Limited. During this time, he has worked in several high-growth organisations and financed projects from discovery to production.

Matt Weaver

Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations 

Matt manages all engineering and operational aspects of the Rhyolite Ridge Project. He has more than 30 years‘ international mining experience working on both small and large-scale development projects at BHP, Rio Tinto and Newmont, as well as for several junior mining companies.

Ken Coon

Vice President Human Resources

Ken has more than 30 years of human resources experience holding international and regional leadership roles with Royal Dutch Shell’s downstream refining and chemicals organisation and Entergy, a US Gulf Coast utility company.

Yoshio Nagai

Vice President Commercial Sales & Marketing

Yoshio has more than 20 years chemical and mining industry sales and marketing experience, most recently as Sales Vice President at the Rio Tinto Group accountable for borates, salt and talc products in Asia and the USA. He is a highly experienced senior sales and marketing executive with a strong focus on customer relationships. 

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