Highly experienced industry professionals.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS & MANAGEMENT
Fernando E. Villarroel
President, Interim CEO and director
Mr. Villarroel has 12 years of experience in the mining industry in Argentina with a focus on Lithium process development. From 2009 to 2013 he worked with Lithium Americas Corp. (Minera Exar S.A.) as Project Manager which included construction management and commissioning of the initial pilot evaporation facilities and laboratory at the Cauchari Olaroz Lithium Project. He has also acted as a consultant to Neo Lithium and International Lithium Inc. Currently, he serves as Chief Operating Officer and Director for Lithium South Development Corporation, managing the exploration and development of the Hombre Muerto North Lithium Project, located in Salta, Argentina. Mr. Villarroel is the founder of Eon Minerals Inc., a technical laboratory located in Salta, Argentina. Eon Minerals Inc. is developing a patent pending absorbent and process for the extraction of lithium from brines. He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering and has specialized training in Data Modeling & Analysis for Business and Engineering from M.I.T.
Christopher P. Cherry
Interim Chief financial Officer
Mr. Cherry has over 20 years of corporate accounting and audit experience. Mr. Cherry has extensive corporate experience and has held senior-level positions for several public mining companies, including director, CFO and secretary. Mr. Cherry has been a chartered accountant since February, 2009, and a certified general accountant since 2004. In his former experience as an auditor, he held positions with KPMG and Davidson and Co. LLP in Vancouver, where he gained experience as an auditor for junior public companies and as an initial public offering specialist. Mr. Cherry served as CFO of the Company in 2012 and 2013, and has extensive knowledge of business in Guyana.
Austin C. Hobkirk
Independent Director & Member of the Audit Committee
Mr. Hobkirk holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Western Washington University. He has several years of marketing experience, having founded and developed his own private internet marketing business. He serves as an independent director and member of the auditing committee.
Exploration Manager & Qualified Person
Exploration Manager & Qualified Person
40 year’s experience exploration and developing gold deposits including the Brisas in Venezuela (14 million ounces ) Member of Society of Metallurgical Engineeers and A.I.P.G.
Ms. Urata brings over 20 years experience in public company corporate finance and securities related matters including her years as a paralegal at McMillan. She also serves as Corporate Secretary of other TSX Venture issuers.
EON LITHIUM DEVELOPMENT TEAM
Mr. Vargas has been a practicing lawyer in Mendoza, Argentina with Vargas Galindez Abogados since 2004. He has many years of experience in the mining industry in Argentina. He holds a law degree from the Universidad de Mendoza, Argentina (2001), a Masters of Business Law from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (2002), an MBA from University of Wales, Aberystwyth (2004), and a Programa de Direccio Gerencial , IAE Business School, Buenos Aires , Argentina (2007).
EON LITHIUM LAB TEAM
Eon Lithium has a full-scale laboratory in Salta Argentina, equipped for lithium test work. The team is very accomplished in the lithium industry with a combined experience of more than 50 years in process development, and more than 15 years of extensive lithium experience. Past and current clients include Ganfeng Lithium, Neolithium and Rincon Ltd.
- Susana Martinez, PhD in Chemistry with specialization in synthesis and nanomaterials.
- Ivan Machin, PhD in Chemistry with specialization in thermodynamic and catalysis.
- Lorena Perez, MSc has substantial experience in R&D of technologies.
- Gonzalo Chaparro, Process Engineer, participant in several important lithium projects in Argentina.