Dr. James’ appointment is the result of a robust process, assisted by the global executive search firm Korn Ferry.
Dr. Matthew James is a highly experienced corporate executive in both established global industrials and small growth companies. He will bring his extensive experience in the natural resources, chemicals and environmental services sectors to drive the plans of the Company to transition from development stage to a producer of high purity battery raw materials, principally for the growing European electric vehicles market.
Dr. Matthew James has extensive experience in developing companies within the global natural resources industry. As Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Communications at Lynas Corporation, a speciality metals company, he played an instrumental role raising over A$1 billion of equity and debt funding, including a US$250 million government backed loan and over US$800 million of long-term advanced sales contracts from Japanese, European, and US industrial companies across the automotive, chemical, and engineering sectors.
During Dr. James’ time at Lynas, from 2002 to 2011, the company grew from a junior miner with an undeveloped project to an ASX100 Company with a market capitalisation of approximately A$3.5 billion, with mining operations in Australia and chemical plant operations in Malaysia. In 2011, Dr. James became the founding Managing Director of Rutila Resources, where he negotiated the purchase of a vanadium-titanium-magnetite deposit and secured native title agreements and new Western Australia port infrastructure licences in the Pilbara. Rutila was acquired by Todd Corporation in 2014.
Upon returning to the UK in 2014, Dr. James led a strategic growth consultancy focused on natural resources, materials and environmental services. From 2017 to 2020, he was Vice President of Strategy and Business Development on the executive leadership team at Harsco Corporation, a global industrial environmental services company.
Dr. James worked in London at Deutsche Bank from 1995-1998, followed by four years at McKinsey & Company, where he provided support and advice to clients at the CEO and board level of major companies in strategic, organisational and operational projects. Dr. James received a B. Eng. (Hons) degree in Ceramic Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia and a Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering from Queens’ College at the University of Cambridge. He is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Directors.
Dr. James will succeed Marco Romero, the founder of Euro Manganese and one of its largest shareholders. Mr. Romero will relinquish his executive role with effect from January 4th and will step down as a directorFor personal use only of the board.
He will continue as an advisor to the Company, assisting with the transition to Dr. James and on the generation of potential growth opportunities for the Company, in line with the Board’s strategy.