About

Board of Directors

Our Board

Piedmont Lithium owes much of its leadership, direction, and conviction to its Board of Directors. Encompassing the mission and vision of Piedmont Lithium, our Board is a highly experience group of professionals that are all committed to advancing our work, maximizing our impact, and incorporating many points of view.

Mr. Keith D. Phillips

Mr. Keith D. Phillips

President & Chief Executive Officer
Appointed on July 6, 2017, Mr. Phillips has a career on Wall Street spanning 30 years during which he has worked on strategic and financing transactions representing over $100 billion in aggregate value. Mr. Phillips was most recently a Senior Advisor with merchant banker Maxit Capital, after leading the mining investment banking teams for Merrill Lynch, Bear Stearns, JPMorgan and Dahlman Rose. Mr. Phillips has worked with numerous mining companies, including many established global leaders, and has dedicated most of the past decade to advising exploration and development-stage companies in achieving their strategic objectives, with a particular focus on obtaining relevance in the United States capital markets. Mr. Phillips received his Master of Business Administration from The University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Commerce from Laurentian University in Canada.
Mr. Jeff Armstrong

Mr. Jeff Armstrong

Chairman of the Board

Mr. Armstrong has served as Chairman of our Board since May 2021. He also served as Chairman of the board of our predecessor company prior to the Redomiciliation. He served as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of North Inlet Advisors, a FINRA-regulated entity, from 2009 until 2022. North Inlet provides investment banking services to middle market companies in the industrial, consumer, business services and agriculture space. Mr. Armstrong has served on the Boards of private companies in the chemical, solar, healthcare device and direct to consumer sectors. Prior to 2009, Mr. Armstrong served as Head of Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity Coverage and Leveraged Capital at what is now Wells Fargo’s Investment Bank. Mr. Armstrong also worked as an investment banker in the late 1980’s and 1990’s for Citigroup and for Morgan Stanley. Mr. Armstrong resides in Charlotte, NC and is actively engaged in the community. He received an M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business, a B.S. from the McIntire School of Commerce and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Mr. Jorge M. Beristain, CFA.

Mr. Jorge M. Beristain, CFA.

Director

Mr. Beristain has served as a member of our Board since May 2021 and as a member of the Board of our predecessor company prior to the Redomiciliation. Mr. Beristain was appointed the Vice President of Finance for Ryerson Holding Corporation (NYSE: RYI) in 2022. With revenue of $6bn, RYI is North America’s second largest service center with approximately 100 global locations, supplying carbon and stainless steel, aluminum, red metals and semi-fabricated products to the machinery, transport, consumer durables, food processing, construction and energy sectors. He previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of Central Steel & Wire Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Ryerson, since July 2019 where he was integral to the financial transformation of that subsidiary. From June 2000 to November 2017, Mr. Beristain served as Managing Director and Head of Deutsche Bank AG’s Americas Metals & Mining equity research, where he was consistently ranked by institutional investors as one of the top analysts in the U.S. During his over 20-year career on Wall Street, Mr. Beristain has lived and worked in the U.S., Latin America and Canada and has visited hundreds of industrial companies worldwide. Mr. Beristain received a B. Comm. from the University of Alberta and holds a C.F.A. designation.

Mr. Claude Demby

Mr. Claude Demby

Director

Mr. Demby has served as a member of our Board since June 2021.  He has served as President of Cree LED, a Smart Global Holdings, Inc. company (Nasdaq: SGH), since 2021.  Prior to SGH acquiring Cree LED from WolfSpeed (Nasdaq: WOLF) Mr. Demby held various positions including SVP and GM of the Cree LED business and SVP of Corporate Development.  Mr. Demby served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Noël Group, LLC, a global manufacturer of synthetic foam materials, from 2008 to 2014 prior to joining Wolfspeed and  after serving on the Noël Group Board starting in 2001.  From 2001 to 2008 Mr. Demby was President and Chief Operating Officer of L&L Products Inc., a global manufacturer of NVH and structural devices for the automotive and aerospace sectors.  Mr. Demby began his career in engineering roles with Procter & Gamble Company and GE Plastics focused on the chemical processing and manufacture of consumer and industrial products.  He has served as Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee on the board of Brown Capital Management Mutual Fund Trust, a mutual fund, since 2016 and on the board of Eos Energy Enterprises, an energy storage company, since 2021.  He previously served on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond – Charlotte branch from 2021 to 2017, including time as Chairman.  Mr. Demby has a strong record of community service through his founding and running of Valour Academy Schools, Inc., in Raleigh, North Carolina, and serving as an advisory board member of Duke Raleigh Hospital.  Mr. Demby received an M.B.A. from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware.

Ms. Susan Jones

Ms. Susan Jones

Director

Ms. Jones has served as a member of our Board since June 2021. Ms. Jones spent 15 years of her career at Nutrien Ltd. (NYSE: NTR), a multibillion-dollar global mining and agricultural enterprise. Her most recent role prior to retirement in October 2019 was serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Potash, the world’s largest underground soft-rock miner. Over the course of her career, Ms. Jones has served in roles ranging from Senior Vice President and President, Phosphate Business Unit, Chief Legal Officer, Business Development and Strategy, Managing Director of European Operations and several other critical leadership positions. Ms. Jones has served on the board of TC Energy Corporation (NYSE: TRP), a $50 billion market cap an energy infrastructure company, since May 2020 and Arc Resources Ltd. (OTCMKTS: AETUF), an oil and gas company and its predecessor company, since May 2020. Ms. Jones previously advised the boards of both Agrium Inc. and Nutrien, as an executive, and also previously served on the boards of Gibson Energy Inc. (OTCMKTS: GBNXF) and Canpotex Limited. Ms. Jones received a L.L.B. from the University of Ottawa (Canada) and a B.A. in Political Science and Hispanic Studies from the University of Victoria (Canada). She also earned a Leadership Diploma from the University of Oxford and holds a Director Certificate from Harvard University.