Piedmont Lithium Continues Growth, Strengthening Senior Management Team
PRESS RELEASE | September 21, 2022 | NASDAQ:PLL | ASX:PLL
New Senior Vice President of Capital Projects and Vice President of Corporate Communications add experience, expertise, and depth
BELMONT, NC, September 21, 2022 – Piedmont Lithium (“Piedmont”, “Company”) (Nasdaq: PLL; ASX: PLL), a leading global developer of lithium resources critical to the U.S. electric vehicle (“EV”) supply chain, today announced the addition of two new senior leaders as part of its growth strategy to support the increasing demand for domestic lithium hydroxide. Nick Fouche, a Rio Tinto veteran with a global resume, has been named the Senior Vice President of Capital Projects; and Erin Sanders, an award-winning integrated communications strategist, has been named the Vice President of Corporate Communications.
Keith Phillips, President and CEO of Piedmont, said the additions mark an important period of growth for the Company. “Adding these experienced leaders is key as we steadily progress in the development plans of our global portfolio of spodumene resources,” he explained. “Nick has a proven track record of successfully delivering large, multi-disciplinary projects, which will be instrumental as we move into execution mode in the targeted development of our core projects; and Erin’s broad communications background will play a key role in shaping our brand, culture, and perception among our internal and external stakeholders as we move forward. Nick and Erin are great additions to our Piedmont senior management bench, and I am excited to welcome them to the team.”
Fouche brings nearly three decades of experience to his position as Senior Vice President of Capital Projects. In his role, he oversees the development of project execution strategies for Piedmont’s global portfolio to deliver on objectives and support the Company’s safety, environment, and health commitments. Fouche has spent his career in the mining industry and worked for nearly 20 years for Rio Tinto, one of the world’s largest metals and mining corporations. He has a global background and has held a range of leadership positions for several organizations in addition to Rio Tinto, including South32, Palabora Mining Company, and Ero Copper Corp.
As the Vice President of Corporate Communications, Sanders is responsible for all corporate and executive communications, brand reputation, crisis and issues management, employee communications, community relations, public relations, and social media strategies for Piedmont. With significant experience in the mining and manufacturing industries, she has spent her 30-year career at leading global and regional communications agencies helping to build the brand identities of Fortune 500 companies and guiding some of the world’s top organizations in achieving their business objectives.
Fouche and Sanders are among a long list of new additions to Piedmont that will strengthen the senior management, technical, and administrative teams. In the past six months, the Company has hired nine new employees in addition to Fouche and Sanders who broaden our base of expertise in several key areas.
These individuals include:
Maxwell Appiah, Senior Electrical Engineer
Emily Carroll, Mining Engineer
Elvir Dedajic, Technical Accounting and Internal Controls Manager
Meredith Dugas, Senior Communications Manager
Jonathan Freeman, Property Manager
Ashley Johnson, Executive Assistant to the President
Dylan Manion, Senior Human Resources Manager
Jennifer Morales, Executive Assistant and Project Coordinator
Robert Wilkerson, Senior Mining Engineer
About Piedmont Lithium
Piedmont Lithium (Nasdaq: PLL; ASX: PLL) is developing a world-class, multi-asset, integrated lithium business focused on enabling the transition to a net zero world and the creation of a clean energy economy in North America. Our goal is to become one of the largest lithium hydroxide producers in North America by processing spodumene concentrate produced from assets where we hold an economic interest. Our projects include our Carolina Lithium and Tennessee Lithium projects in the United States and partnerships in Québec with Sayona Mining (ASX: SYA) and in Ghana with Atlantic Lithium (AIM: ALL). These geographically diversified operations will enable us to play a pivotal role in supporting America’s move toward energy independence and the electrification of transportation and energy storage. For more information, visit www.piedmontlithium.com.
Forward Looking Statements
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