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ABOUT US

Company Overview
COMPANY OVERVIEW

Euro Manganese is a battery materials company focused on becoming a leading producer of high-purity manganese for the electric vehicle industry. The Company is advancing development of the Chvaletice Project in the Czech Republic and exploring an early-stage opportunity to produce battery-grade manganese products in Bécancour, Québec.
 

The Chvaletice Project is a unique waste-to-value recycling and remediation opportunity involving reprocessing old tailings from a decommissioned mine. It is also the only sizable manganese orebody in the European Union, strategically positioning the Company to provide battery supply chains with critical raw materials to support the shift to a circular, low-carbon economy.
 

Euro Manganese is dual-listed on the TSX.V and the ASX, and is also traded on the OTCQB.

MANAGEMENT & DIRECTORS

The management and directors of Euro Manganese Inc. have extensive experience in project planning and development, geology, metallurgy, engineering, environmental planning and permitting, project finance, commodities marketing and corporate development.  Our team brings together competencies and perspectives that are crucial for tackling the complexities of developing a project such as the Chvaletice Manganese Project, while meeting the demanding social and environmental standards of the Czech Republic and the European Union. 

 

Our success depends on the talent, dedication and cohesion of our management team, along with that of the many engineers, metallurgists, geoscientists, environmental scientists, financial experts, legal advisors and administrators who work with us.

MANAGEMENT
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Matt James – President and Chief Executive Officer

Matt James joined Euro Manganese as President and CEO in December 2021. Matt has extensive leadership experience in both established global industrials and small growth companies across the natural resources, chemicals and environmental services sectors. Previous executive roles include: Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Communications at Lynas Corporation; founding Managing Director of Rutila Resources; and Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Harsco Corporation.
 

At Lynas Corporation, a specialty metals company, Matt played an instrumental role in raising over A$1 billion in equity and debt funding, and over US$800 million of long-term offtake agreements across the automative, chemical and engineering sectors. Under his leadership, Lynas grew from a junior miner with a market capitalisation of A$12 million in 2002 to an ASX100 company with a market capitalisation of over A$3 billion in 2011. At Rutila Resources, Matt negotiated the purchase of a vanadium-titanium-magnetite deposit and secured native title agreements in the Pilbara. He led the company through an A$80 million take-over in 2014.
 

Matt holds 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.

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Martina Blahova – Chief Financial Officer
Martina Blahova has 20 years of international experience in finance; including public practice with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young in the Czech Republic and UK. She held senior positions in automotive and mining industry as a corporate controller at Euro Manganese Inc, Manager of Financial Reporting at SSR Mining Inc. and FP&A manager for KS Kolbenschmidt Inc., a Czech subsidiary of the Rheinmetall Group AG, and consulted Canadian public and private companies in senior finance roles and with transition to IFRS. Martina is a member of CPA Canada (CGA) and of ACCA (UK) and holds a Master’s Degree in International Business from the University of Economics in Prague, Czech Republic, and from the Université d'Orléans, France.
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James Fraser – Vice President, Commercial
James Fraser joined Euro Manganese as Vice President Commercial in October 2022 and brings over 25 years of experience from the geosciences, consulting, mining, carbon credit and automotive sectors. After completing his doctorate in Himalayan Tectonics, James worked as a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company and then held a range of senior positions during his 11 years at Rio Tinto in commercial and technical fields across different commodities. He subsequently worked for Permian Global, an investment fund focussed on forest carbon and most recently held Head of Sales & Sourcing and Managing Director roles with two UK-based specialist automotive / motorsport engineering firms.  

James holds an MA (Hons) and DPhil in Earth Sciences from the University of Oxford. 
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Fausto Taddei - VP Corporate Development and Corporate Secretary
For more than 35 years, Fausto Taddei has held senior financial executive positions, primarily with development and operating public companies in the mining and resource industries.  These include roles as chief financial officer of Nevsun Resources Ltd., Aura Minerals Inc. and Western Canadian Coal Corp.  He has been involved in the copper, gold and bulk commodities business, with multiple mining operations, responsible for financing, treasury functions, off-take arrangements, tax planning and public company reporting and governance matters.   Fausto earned his B.Comm. degree from the University of British Columbia in 1982 and qualified as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CA) in 1985.
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Andrea Zaradic, Vice President, Operations
Andrea Zaradic has over 30 years of experience in corporate, project and business development in the mining and renewable energy industries, having worked throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.  Previous senior roles include: President and CEO of Northair Silver, President and CEO of Troon Ventures Ltd., VP Operations and Development for Magma Energy Corp., Construction and Senior Process Operations Engineer for BHP Billiton’s Ekati Diamond Mine and Manager of Infrastructure Development for Canico Resource Corp. in relation to the Onca Puma nickel laterite project in Brazil. She now serves on the board of Sedna Wind Technologies and serves as a Technical Advisor to Northleaf Capital in relation to their geothermal investments.  Andrea holds a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia and is a registered Professional Engineer in the provinces of British Columbia and Ontario.
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Jan Votava - Managing Director of Mangan Chvaletice s.r.o.
Jan Votava is a highly skilled and respected Czech engineer and executive leader who holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering. For 17 years, he held various managerial roles at LafargeHolcim, the world’s largest construction materials company. These roles included Head of Transformation Team for Europe, Technical Director for Central Europe, Executive Chairman and Managing Director for the Czech Republic, and he oversaw, among other activities, quarrying and cement production. He also recently played a leadership role with the team that constructed a €250 million cement plant in Hungary for Lafarge using Chinese technology, equipment, engineering and construction companies, and he led the team in optimizing and developing the operation. He is now responsible for leading EMN’s activities in the Czech Republic, for its organizational and reputational development, as well as for Project permitting and development.
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Tim Kindred – Project Director, Mangan Chvaletice s.r.o.
With a strong background in hydrometallurgy, Tim Kindred is a highly skilled project and operations leader in the mining and metals industry with over 30 years’ experience. He has successfully lead project delivery from feasibility study, to FEED, construction, completion, and commissioning on multibillion dollar projects, including large and complex operations. Tim has experience in nickel, cobalt, copper, lithium, and gold and has a strong background in battery metal projects supporting decarbonisation. He has worked on four continents and multiple jurisdictions.  During his 10-plus years working with Vale Base Metals, he led the project turnaround and successful construction, completion, and commissioning of the Vale Long Harbour Project, a US$5 billion nickel processing plant project, transitioning to an integrated team delivery model that drove success and delivered the project on time and on budget. Tim Kindred is a Chemical Engineer and a graduate of the Australian Graduate School of Management.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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John Webster - Chairman and Director
John Webster is a senior finance professional who spent over 30 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers until his retirement in 2014. His former roles include BC Managing Partner, Assurance Leader in Romania and head of the firm’s mining practice in Canada. He has extensive experience as audit partner and advising private and listed clients, and he has valuable international experience with mine development projects. He is currently a director of Eldorado Gold Corporation.
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Dr. David Dreisinger - Director
Dr. David Dreisinger is a Professor and Chairholder of the Industrial Research Chair in Hydrometallurgy at the University of British Columbia. He has published over 300 papers and is co-inventor of 21 U.S. patents for work in hydrometallurgical research. He runs an active international consulting practice focused on various major hydrometallurgical projects and plants. His previous experience includes director positions at PolyMet Mining, Search Minerals, LeadFX, Cascadero Copper Corp. and officer positions with Camrova Resources, Clifton Star Resources and South American Silver.
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Matt James – President and Chief Executive Officer

Matt James joined Euro Manganese as President and CEO in December 2021. Matt has extensive leadership experience in both established global industrials and small growth companies across the natural resources, chemicals and environmental services sectors. Previous executive roles include: Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Communications at Lynas Corporation; founding Managing Director of Rutila Resources; and Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Harsco Corporation.
 

At Lynas Corporation, a specialty metals company, Matt played an instrumental role in raising over A$1 billion in equity and debt funding, and over US$800 million of long-term offtake agreements across the automative, chemical and engineering sectors. Under his leadership, Lynas grew from a junior miner with a market capitalisation of A$12 million in 2002 to an ASX100 company with a market capitalisation of over A$3 billion in 2011. At Rutila Resources, Matt negotiated the purchase of a vanadium-titanium-magnetite deposit and secured native title agreements in the Pilbara. He led the company through an A$80 million take-over in 2014.
 

Matt holds 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.

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Gregory P. Martyr - Director
Greg Martyr is an experienced resource industry banker, advisor and corporate executive. Mr. Martyr has over 30 years of experience in resources investment banking and corporate finance, as well as the management of international mining companies. He is currently CEO and Director of Battery Future Acquisition Corp and is a director of Capital Metals plc and CB Innovations Pty Ltd. From 2011 to 2016, Mr. Martyr was a Managing Director with Standard Chartered Bank ultimately as the Global Head of Advisory, Mining and Metals. From 2005 until its 2011 acquisition by Standard Chartered Bank, he was a partner with Gryphon Partners, a boutique resource advisory firm. From 1994 to 2003, he was employed in several executive roles by Normandy Mining Ltd., including President, Americas. Prior to that he held positions with Deutsche Bank and Morgan Grenfell. Mr. Martyr obtained a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney, Australia.   
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Thomas M. Stepien - Independent Director
Thomas Stepien has over 30 years of global high technology management, operations and engineering experience at small and large companies. He is currently CEO of QM Power, an innovative electric motor company.  He is also an Operating Partner at KCK Investment Group, a venture and private equity investment firm.  Tom serves as Director of Primus Power Solutions, a battery energy storage company and was its CEO from 2009 to 2020. Prior to co-founding Primus, he was a VP at semiconductor equipment manufacturer Applied Materials. Tom earned a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a co-inventor on numerous patents, and a frequent speaker at energy conferences. He brings an international perspective, having led diverse teams in several countries.
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