SYDNEY: Australian Bauxite Limited announced that Dr Mark Cooksey has permanently joined ABx’s technology subsidiary ALCORE Limited.
Dr Cooksey was first appointed General Manager of Alcore (ASX: 24 January 2020) and then CEO(ASX: 24 August 2020), on a leave arrangement from Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO.
This appointment is now permanent, and he will lead Alcore’s development and commercialisation of a new process for aluminium fluoride (AlF3) production.
Dr Cooksey brings to Alcore an impressive history in research, development and commercialisation of new processes in the minerals and metals industry. He commenced his career as a Research Engineer in aluminium smelting with Comalco (now Rio Tinto Alcan) in 1997 and became a Senior Research Engineer in 2000.
Mark joined CSIRO in 2004 as a Senior Research Engineer and become a Senior Principal Research Leader in 2016.
Dr Cooksey holds a PhD (Chemical & Materials Engineering), Bachelor of Engineering (Materials –First Class Honours) and Bachelor of Science (Information Technology and Applied Mathematics). He has worked closely with aluminium and other metal industries, and his significant experience in commercialising new technologies and processes will enable Alcore to transition into the next phase of development.
Welcoming Dr Cooksey, Ian Levy, ABx’s CEO, commented: “In the last 12 months Mark has been instrumental in accelerating Alcore’s technical and commercial development, and we deeply appreciate CSIRO for facilitating this arrangement. Alcore is now beginning to scale-up the technology to larger scale production and needs the highly skilled and experienced leadership that Mark can provide. This is an important step in the delivery of value from the Alcore initiative to all shareholders.”