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Preng & Associates Assists Lapis Energy in Search for Carbon Management Leader

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Lapis Energy, an integrated carbon management company, announced today that Rusty Desormeaux is joining their Executives team as Chief Operating Officer. Preng & Associates assisted in this search for an executive leader in the carbon management industry.

With over 25 years of global experience in the energy industry, Rusty has a proven track record in leading operations, production, drilling, and engineering teams, most recently serving as the Director of CCS Capital Projects at Talos Energy. Previously, he worked at Murphy Oil and Kerr McGee Oil and Gas working as various engineering and operational management roles in Offshore and Onshore Oil and Gas production. Rusty Graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering.

Rusty’s expertise and leadership will be instrumental as Lapis Energy continues to advance its industry-leading portfolio of CCS projects. Lapis is confident that Rusty will drive forward our mission to be the partner of choice delivering customized CCS solutions.

 

ABOUT LAPIS ENERGY

Lapis connects major CO2 emitters with the best CO2 storage sites. The Lapis team comprises leading industry experts with multiple decades of relevant technical, commercial and project experience with the biggest companies in the world. Backed by private equity finance infrastructure development specialists, Cresta Fund Management, Lapis is positioned to become a market leader in the rapidly evolving world of industrial decarbonization through CCS.

As the energy industry undergoes a fundamental restructuring, Lapis represents the bridge between the best traditional solutions and structures and the next generation to ensure effective and efficient project development and delivery of commercially viable investments. For more information about Lapis Energy, please visit https://www.lapisenergy.com/

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Flotek Industries Adds SVP, Commercial To Executive Leadership Team

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Flotek Industries, Inc. (“Flotek” or the “Company”) (NYSE: FTK) announced that it has appointed Leon Chad as Senior Vice President, Commercial, effective June 3, 2024. Preng & Associates assisted in this search. This appointment serves as the replacement for the Company’s Senior Vice President – Global Business Lines who departed in March 2024.

With over three decades of both domestic and international experience in the energy and chemistry industries, Mr. Chad brings invaluable expertise that will further enhance the Company’s strategy to drive market share gains through its differentiated chemistry and data solutions.

Ryan Ezell, Chief Executive Officer, said “I am thrilled to welcome Leon as the newest member of our leadership team at a time when we continue to aggressively execute accretive initiatives aimed at building a resilient business that can sustain profitability through the volatility inherent in our industry. Mr. Chad’s proven track record of developing and implementing successful business strategies around sales, marketing and commercial operations across the globe in the energy and chemistry industries will be instrumental in helping the Company to execute its strategy.”

Prior to joining Flotek, Mr. Chad served as Product Line Director at Baker Hughes, where he led the chemicals service delivery operation for the North America Offshore region. Prior to this, he was Director and Vice President at Locus Fermentation Solutions, a bio-chemical startup focused on green chemistry, where he was responsible for market growth and business development strategy and execution within the oilfield sector. Earlier, Mr. Chad was Head of Marketing and Global Head of Business Development for Clariant Oil Services, where he directed new market entry strategies, market expansion and technology-focused value-based growth initiatives. Mr. Chad’s extensive career also includes 20 years at Nalco Energy Services, where he held various sales, marketing, and commercial leadership roles. During his tenure at Nalco, he was based in diverse locations, including the UK, Houston, TX, and Dubai, where he led the MENA Region. Mr. Chad is fluent in Arabic and French and holds a Maitrise es Sciences in chemistry from the Lebanese University.

 

ABOUT FLOTEK INDUSTRIES

Flotek Industries, Inc. is an advanced technology-driven, green chemical and data analytics company providing unique and innovative completion solutions that have a proven, positive impact on sustainability and reducing the overall environmental impact of energy on air, land, water and people. Flotek has an intellectual property portfolio of over 170 patents and a global presence in more than 59 countries throughout North America, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa. Flotek has established collaborative partnerships focused on sustainable and optimized chemistry and data solutions which improve well performance and allow its customers to generate higher returns on invested capital.

Source Link: https://www.flotekind.com/flotek-enhances-executive-leadership-team-with-addition-of-leon-chad-as-senior-vice-president-commercial/

PetroTal Appoints Sudan I. Maccio as Chief Legal Counsel

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PetroTal Corp. (TSX: TAL) (AIM: PTAL) (OTCQX: PTALF) (“PetroTal” or the “Company“) is pleased to announce leadership team enhancements, the renewal of its normal course issuer bid (the “NCIB“) of approximately US$3 million per quarter (up to a maximum of US$12 million), following approval by the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX“), and other corporate updates.

Leadership Team Enhancements

Sudan I. MaccioEffective May 15, 2024, Mr. Sudan I. Maccio joined PetroTal Corp as Chief Legal Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Preng & Associates assisted in this search. Mr. Maccio brings over 30 years of extensive legal expertise in global energy, encompassing a wide range of legal, commercial, and leadership roles, including strategic projects, advising the board on corporate governance, risk management strategy, high-exposure litigation, cross-border matters, and internal investigations.

Mr. Maccio recently served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Ecopetrol USA Inc., based in Houston Texas. Before Ecopetrol, Mr. Maccio was in private practice where he provided legal support to multibillion dollar M&A transactions in the refining and petrochemical sectors. His prior roles included serving as Assistant General Counsel at Eni US Operating Company, as well as in-house roles with Valerus Compression Services LP, BJ Services Company, Baker Hughes Inc., and Harvest Natural Resources, where he developed a strong track record supporting US domestic and international (Latin America) oil and gas transactions and operations.

Mr. Maccio is a candidate for an Executive MBA from Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, holds an LL.M. from the University of Illinois College of Law, and a law degree from the Táchira Catholic University School of Law. He is a member of the Texas Bar (2008).

In addition, effective March 31, 2024 Mr. Jose Contreras was promoted to Chief Operating Officer from his previous role as Senior Vice President, Operations. Mr. Contreras will oversee all of PetroTal’s operations and lead the overall operational growth strategy for the Company. Mr. Contreras was placed by Preng & Associates in 2023.

Renewal of Normal Course Issuer Bid

PetroTal expects that the NCIB will continue to provide an additional tool to enhance total long-term shareholder returns. The Company believes that, at times, the prevailing share price does not reflect the underlying value of its common shares (“Common Shares“) and the repurchase of Common Shares for cancellation represents an attractive opportunity to improve PetroTal’s per share metrics and thereby increase the value of the Common Shares.

Based on internal approvals, PetroTal intends to purchase up to 14,600,000 Common Shares, representing approximately 2% of its issued and outstanding Common Shares as at May 10, 2024, over a 12-month period commencing on May 24, 2024 and ending no later than May 23, 2025. Under the NCIB, purchases of Common Shares may be made through the facilities of the TSX, alternative trading systems in Canada, if eligible, and AIM, a market operated by the London Stock Exchange in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements. Purchases under the NCIB will be made through open market transactions at market price, as well as by other means as may be permitted under applicable securities laws. The actual number of Common Shares that may be purchased under the NCIB and the timing of any such purchases will be determined by management of the Company. Any Common Shares purchased under the NCIB will be cancelled.

Under the TSX rules, the total number of Common Shares PetroTal is permitted to purchase on the TSX is subject to a daily purchase limit of 128,666 Common Shares (representing 25% of the average daily trading volume of 514,665 Common Shares on the TSX calculated for the six months ended April 30, 2024); provided that PetroTal may make one block purchase per calendar week that exceeds such limits.

In connection with the NCIB, the Company renewed a buyback agreement with Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited (“Stifel“), who will continue to conduct the NCIB on PetroTal’s behalf and entered into an automatic purchase plan (the “ASPP“) with Stifel. The ASPP allows for the purchase of Common Shares under the NCIB at times when PetroTal would ordinarily not be permitted to purchase Common Shares due to regulatory restrictions and self-imposed blackout periods. Under the ASPP, before entering into a blackout period, PetroTal may, but is not required to, instruct Stifel to make purchases under the NCIB within specified parameters. Such purchases would be at the discretion of Stifel based on parameters provided by the Company prior to the blackout period in accordance with the terms of the ASPP and in compliance with the rules and regulations of the TSX, AIM and applicable securities laws. Any purchase of Common Shares on the TSX or alternate trading systems in Canada will continue to be completed by Stifel Nicolaus Canada Inc. acting as agent for Stifel. The ASPP has been pre-cleared by the TSX. All purchases made pursuant to the terms of the ASPP will be included in computing the number of Common Shares purchased under the NCIB. Outside any blackout period, Common Shares may be purchased under the NCIB based on the discretion of the Company’s management in compliance with applicable exchange rules and securities laws.

The Company was permitted to repurchase up to 44,230,205 Common Shares under its current NCIB that ran from

May 18, 2023 to May 17, 2024. As at May 14, 2024, the Company had repurchased an aggregate 17,702,694 Common Shares under the expiring NCIB on the open market at a volume weighted average price per Common Share of approximately $0.58USD per share.

Ex Dividend Date for Q2 2024 Dividend

Based on new shortened security settlement rules in effect on May 27, 2024, which apply to Canadian securities industries, PetroTal is issuing an adjusted dividend timetable for its upcoming Q2 2024 dividend:

Ex dividend date: May 31, 2024 (previously May 30, 2024)
Record date: May 31, 2024 (unchanged)
Payment date: June 14, 2024 (unchanged)

2024 Virtual and in Person AGM

The Company is pleased to announce its 2024 annual general and special meeting of shareholders (“AGM“) will be held on June 19, 2024 (10:00am MT/15:00 UK) at the offices of Stikeman Elliott LLP in Calgary, Alberta. The Company’s Management Information Circular and Proxy Statement in respect of the AGM is available at www.sedarplus.ca and the Company’s website (www.petrotalcorp.com). Interested attendees can click on the virtual link below.

ABOUT PETROTAL

PetroTal is a publicly traded, tri‐quoted (TSX: TAL) (AIM: PTAL) (OTCQX: PTALF) oil and gas development and production Company domiciled in Calgary, Alberta, focused on the development of oil assets in Peru. PetroTal’s flagship asset is its 100% working interest in Bretana oil field in Peru’s Block 95 where oil production was initiated in June 2018. In early 2022, PetroTal became the largest crude oil producer in Peru. The Company’s management team has significant experience in developing and exploring for oil in Peru and is led by a Board of Directors that is focused on safely and cost effectively developing the Bretana oil field. It is actively building new initiatives to champion community sensitive energy production, benefiting all stakeholders.

Source Link: https://www.newsfilecorp.com/release/210045/PetroTal-Announces-Renewal-of-Share-Buyback-Program-and-Other-Corporate-Updates

Preng & Associates Assists PetroTal Corp In The Search for a Business Development Executive

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PetroTal Corp.(TSE:TAL) (AIM:PTAL)  has announced Emilio T. Acin Daneri has joined as Vice President, Business Development. Preng & Associates assisted in completing this search.

CNOOC International Email Format & Employee Directory | ContactOutEmilio Acin Daneri brings over 30 years of experience in several global oil companies, working in a variety of business development, commercial and financial executive roles. He has been instrumental in multiple merger, acquisition and divestiture transactions, primarily in Latin America.

Prior to PetroTal, Mr. Acin Daneri served as a Senior Commercial Advisor at CNOOC International, having key roles in developing transactions and alliances across Latin America. Prior to CNOOC, Mr. Acin Daneri was a Director at Repsol where he held several positions of increasing responsibility, including Director of Business Development for Europe, Asia and Africa and later Latin America, and Deputy CFO for the JV with Sinopec in Brazil. Prior to Repsol, he held commercial and finance positions at Madagascar Oil, Pioneer Natural Resources, El Paso Corporation and Santa Fe Energy Resources.

ABOUT PETROTAL

PetroTal is a publicly traded, tri‐quoted (TSX: TAL, AIM: PTAL and OTCQX: PTALF) oil and gas development and production Company domiciled in Calgary, Alberta, focused on the development of oil assets in Peru. PetroTal’s flagship asset is its 100% working interest in Bretana oil field in Peru’s Block 95 where oil production was initiated in June 2018. In early 2022, PetroTal became the largest crude oil producer in Peru. The Company’s management team has significant experience in developing and exploring for oil in Peru and is led by a Board of Directors that is focused on safely and cost effectively developing the Bretana oil field. It is actively building new initiatives to champion community sensitive energy production, benefiting all stakeholders.

 

Source Link:https://www.newsfilecorp.com/release/206607/PetroTal-Announces-Corporate-Updates

PJM Appoints Aftab Khan Executive Vice President – Operations, Planning & Security

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PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. has announced that Aftab Khan is joining the company as EVP, Operations, Planning & Security Officer. It was previously announced that Preng & Associates was selected to complete this search.

Khan will report to PJM President and CEO Manu Asthana and will have overall responsibility for grid operations, transmission planning, cybersecurity and physical security, and business continuity.

“We welcome the experience, expertise and leadership Aftab brings to this important new role, which was created to support grid reliability during this increasingly complex energy transition,” Asthana said.

As a member of PJM’s Executive Team, Khan will work closely with PJM’s CEO, other Executive Team members, and the Reliability & Security Committee of the PJM Board to coordinate PJM’s grid operations and transmission planning, ensure both cybersecurity and physical security for the organization, and oversee business continuity efforts.

He previously served as Senior Vice President of Engineering with Eversource Energy, the utility serving 4 million customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, where he led an engineering organization of over 1,000 people focused on transmission and distribution system planning, asset management, engineering, grid modernization, operations technology, control room support and vegetation management.

He also previously worked with GE providing oversight to Grid Solutions in North America. Prior to that, Khan spent 24 years with ABB in a variety of roles, including Senior Vice President – Power Transformers, North America; President – Power Systems Division, Saudi Arabia; and Senior Vice President – Grid Systems, North America.

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Khan holds an MBA in operations and finance from Carnegie Mellon University; a master’s degree in electric power engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alaska.

“I am eager to help PJM take on the many challenges presented by the energy transition,” Khan said. “PJM’s creation of this new role shows the company’s commitment to seeking comprehensive solutions that emphasize reliability and security as the system evolves.”

PJM Interconnection, founded in 1927, ensures the reliability of the high-voltage electric power system serving 65 million people in all or parts of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. PJM coordinates and directs the operation of the region’s transmission grid, which includes 88,115 miles of transmission lines; administers a competitive wholesale electricity market; and plans regional transmission expansion improvements to maintain grid reliability and relieve congestion. PJM’s regional grid and market operations produce annual savings of $3.2 billion to $4 billion. For the latest news about PJM, visit PJM Inside Lines at insidelines.pjm.com.

Source Link:https://insidelines.pjm.com/pjm-appoints-aftab-khan-as-executive-vice-president-operations-planning-security/ 

Preng & Associates Selected by PJM to Find EVP Operations, Planning & Security

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President and CEO Manu Asthana announced today a series of organizational changes that will best equip PJM to maintain reliability and security, support competitive markets, and help prepare for the grid of the future.

The newly structured Executive Team will see three major changes:

  • PJM will launch an executive search for the new role of Executive Vice President – Operations, Planning & Security, created to support the expanding complexity of grid operations and planning for a system undergoing significant transition.
  • Frederick S. “Stu” Bresler is promoted to Executive Vice President – Market Services & Strategy, leveraging Bresler’s deep expertise in markets along with his experience developing the company’s strategic plan. The promotion is effective Nov. 28.
  • Steven McElwee is promoted to the new role of Vice President and Chief Security Officer, emphasizing the importance and interconnectedness of physical and cybersecurity in PJM’s grid operations.

EVP Operations, Planning & Security Announced

PJM is engaged in a search for a new Executive Vice President – Operations, Planning & Security. This important role will continue to focus on reliability, planning for the grid of the future, and operational excellence. In addition, it combines physical security, cybersecurity, Enterprise Information Security, IT Compliance, Business Continuity, and Security Engineering & Architecture in a new division. The search will be handled by Preng & Associates, the world’s largest executive search firm dedicated to the energy industry, with a target of having the position filled in the second quarter of 2024.

Bresler Appointed to Executive Vice President

Bresler has been instrumental in developing PJM’s current strategic plan. In addition, he oversees all aspects of PJM’s market functions in his current role of Sr. Vice President – Market Services. His responsibilities cover all of the markets operated by PJM, including those for Capacity, Day-Ahead and Real-Time Energy, Ancillary Services, and Financial Transmission Rights, as well as Demand Response operations. He is responsible for the continued evolution of PJM’s markets, including the integration of renewable resources and development of performance analytics, while also working with the PJM Executive Team and Board to establish and maintain PJM’s forward-looking strategic objectives and track their progress.

“Over the years, Stu has helped build many of PJM’s markets and has made sure all of PJM’s markets are supporting the mission of reliability at the least cost for consumers,” Asthana said. “PJM and its stakeholders have come to rely on his expertise, diligence, leadership and his willingness to listen to all viewpoints that can help PJM ensure a reliable energy transition.”

Bresler started his career at PJM in 1994 as a Professional Engineer supporting System Operations, and he was later responsible for implementing PJM’s Demand Response Program and, ultimately, market design for the RTO. Bresler was key in the development of mechanisms by which PJM’s operations and markets are coordinated with those of surrounding balancing authorities and regional transmission organizations.

“I have seen the power of competitive markets to reinforce grid reliability while controlling costs for consumers and attracting investment in cleaner and more cost-effective generation technologies,” Bresler said. “It is a real honor and privilege to be able to help PJM ensure the reliable delivery of electricity through the current transition as our region moves toward a lower-emitting generation fleet.”

Bresler earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and a Master of Management in business administration from The Pennsylvania State University. He is chair of the board of APEx (the Association of Power Exchanges), an international organization of electricity and gas market operators, and a former member of the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity of Chester County. Bresler is also on the External Advisory Board for the Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering in the Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

McElwee Promoted to Vice President

McElwee assumes the Vice President, Chief Security Officer role effective Jan. 10, 2024. McElwee has over 15 years of experience in the industry including expertise in cyber threat and risk analysis, security policy development and governance, vulnerability management, security monitoring and response, cyber forensics, security assessments, and IT operations monitoring.

“Steve’s cyber experience in his current role, coupled with his experience supporting business continuity and recovery, physical security tactics, and NERC CIP compliance, will add tremendous value to the PJM security program,” Asthana said. “He has put his stamp on the industry for his ability to heighten awareness and educate employees and stakeholders on security risks and practices.”

In addition to cybersecurity, McElwee will also have responsibility for Physical Security, Business Continuity, Facilities Services, and Identity & Access Management.

McElwee, who holds a Ph.D. in information assurance from Nova Southeastern University, started with PJM in 2008 and has held multiple roles in the organization.

“The landscape of threats aimed at the electrical grid continues to increase exponentially, and I’m committed, along with PJM, to meeting this challenge with the resources necessary to keep power flowing for the 65 million people we serve,” McElwee said.

McElwee will continue to report to Thomas F. O’Brien, Sr. Vice President and Chief Information Officer, until the new Executive Vice President – Operations, Planning & Security is announced.

 

Source Link: https://insidelines.pjm.com/pjm-announces-executive-appointments-2/

JP3 and Flotek Welcome Tom Redlinger as VP of Data Analytics

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Flotek Industries, Inc. (“Flotek” or the “Company”) (NYSE: FTK) today announced that it has appointed Tom Redlinger as Vice President of its rapidly expanding, high margin Data Analytics segment. Preng & Associates assisted in the search.

The appointment of Mr. Redlinger further strengthens the executive leadership team, while bringing deep energy industry expertise to the Data Analytics business, which supports customers through real-time data, monitoring, and visualization across the energy value chain utilizing the Company’s proprietary JP3 unit. Ryan Ezell, Chief Executive Officer, said, “I am pleased to welcome Tom to the Flotek leadership team. His diverse background and 20 years of global experience across the upstream, midstream and downstream market verticals make him a key asset that will help drive the strategic transformation of Flotek to a strong provider of real time data analytics to the energy sector. I am confident that Tom’s collaborative approach to technology development, as well as his team-first leadership style, will prove invaluable as we build upon the significant financial and market share improvements that we have achieved over the past several months.”

Mr. Redlinger’s career includes over two decades of diverse global experience in the energy industry and a proven track-record in new technology commercialization. Most recently, he served as Vice President, USA of NDT Global, a midstream and downstream infrastructure construction, inspection, and engineering consultancy firm where he led the technology as a service operation, sales, and data analytic strategy. Prior to NDT Global, Tom held executive leadership roles with Frank’s International including Chief Revenue Officer with responsibilities for setting the corporate growth and technology development strategy. Before that, he served as Chief Operating Officer and Divisional Vice President for Bureau Veritas, successfully delivering value-added inspection, engineering, and consultancy services driving expansion into new markets and growing revenues.

 

Source Link: https://www.jp3.com/jp3-and-flotek-welcome-tom-redlinger-as-vp-of-data-analytics/

CleanTech Lithium Appointment of Australian Independent Non-Executive Director Ahead of Planned ASX Dual-listing

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CleanTech Lithium PLC (AIM:CTL, Frankfurt:T2N, OTC:CTLHF), an exploration and development company advancing next-generation sustainable lithium projects in Chile for the EV transition, announces the appointment of an Australian-based Independent Non-Executive Director and other changes to the Board and Board Committees structures with immediate effect.

·   Tommy McKeith, based in Perth, Australia, appointed as an additional independent Non-Executive Director (‘NED’) with immediate effect ahead of the Company’s planned listing on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in Q3 2023

·   Jonathan Morley-Kirk becoming Senior Independent Non-Executive Director, previously Non-Executive Director, following Dr. Steve Kesler’s moving to the Executive Chairman position earlier this year

Preng & Associates assisted in the search.

Appointment of an Australian-based Independent Non-Executive Director:

Mr McKeith is an experienced public company director and geologist with over 30 years of mining company leadership, corporate development, project development and exploration experience. He’s held roles in an international mining company and across several ASX listed mining companies. Mr McKeith currently serves as Non-Executive Director of Evolution Mining Limited and as Non-Executive Chairman of Arrow Minerals Limited. Having worked in bulk, base and precious metals across numerous jurisdictions, including operations in Canada, Africa, South America and Australia, Mr McKeith brings strategic insights to CTL with a strong focus on value creation that will support the leadership of the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, Aldo Boitano, alongside Dr. Kesler as Executive Chairman.  Mr McKeith holds a B.Sc (Geology), a Graduate Diploma in Engineering and an MBA (all from University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa).  He has also been a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy since 2009.    

 Other Board Structure Changes:

Jonathan Morley-Kirk has become Senior Independent Non-Executive Director following Dr. Steve Kesler’s moving to the Executive Chairman position earlier this year. This decision has been made to continue the open dialogue with shareholders and offer an alternative point of contact for investors and the Company. Jonathan Morley-Kirk will play a more active role in nurturing these relationships should shareholders have any concerns, while continuing to work closely with the executive team.  

Steve Kesler, Executive Chairman of CleanTech Lithium, said:

“Tommy McKeith has considerable Board experience in Australia and a wealth of knowledge, including developing and operating mining projects around the world, including Chile, and as our Australian resident Independent Non-Executive Director will greatly help the Company gain the most it can from the planned listing on the ASX.

 “I am delighted that he is joining our Board as we look to expand our reach into the Australian market, which has an established reputation for supporting junior mining companies and where we already have a strong shareholder base.

 “The appointment of Tommy, alongside the other changes to the Board, will also help us deliver on our aim to become a material supplier of green lithium to the global EV market and grow the value of the Company, as we progress the next phase of our development, including the construction of a DLE pilot plant, updating our lithium resources and concluding the scoping study at Fransisco Basin and the PFS at Laguna Verde.”

 

Tommy McKeith, Non-Executive Director of CleanTech Lithium, said:

“The significant progress that’s already been made at CleanTech Lithium, combined with the capabilities and skills of the Company’s senior management team and partners, was a great attraction and the reason I was delighted to be asked to join the Board. As we prepare to list on the ASX, having a presence here in Australia will bring new opportunities for CTL as we advance towards commercial production. It is a jurisdiction that values the vital role mining and the commodities industries play in providing the materials to develop our global economies.  I look forward to opening doors for CTL in Australia through my strong network of investors, banks and various other stakeholders.

“Lithium is experiencing unprecedented demand, largely driven by the transition to decarbonise transport through electrification. CTL’s proposition of green lithium via sustainable extraction methods excites me and I am looking forward to be part of the team who will strive to deliver this.”

 

Board Composition

With the appointment of Mr McKeith, the Company’s Board is now made up of 6 directors as follows:

·      Executive Chairman – Steve Kesler

·      CEO – Aldo Boitano

·      CFO – Gordon Stein

·      Senior Independent Non-Executive Director – Jonathan Morley-Kirk

·      Independent Non-Executive Director – Maha Daoudi

·      Independent Non-Executive Director – Tommy McKeith

The Company’s Board now comprises three Executive Directors and three Independent Non-Executive Directors, in full compliance with the QCA Code on Board composition, as referred to in the Company’s recently released Annual Report & Financial Statement for 2022.

Board Committees:

The Board has made the following changes to the Board Committee structure to better reflect the Directors’ skills:

·      Tommy McKeith will become a member of the Audit Committee, with Jonathan-Morley Kirk remaining as Chairman.

·      Tommy McKeith will chair the Remuneration Committee, with Maha Daoudi as the other member.

·      Maha Daoudi will chair the newly created ESG Committee, with Jonathan Morley-Kirk and Aldo Boitano as the other members. 

About CleanTech Lithium

CleanTech Lithium (AIM:CTL, Frankfurt:T2N, OTC:CTLHF) is an exploration and development company, advancing the next generation of sustainable lithium projects in Chile.  The Company’s mission is to produce material quantities of battery grade lithium by 2026, with near zero carbon emissions and low environmental impact, offering the EV market a green lithium supply solution.

CleanTech Lithium has three prospective lithium projects – Laguna Verde, Francisco Basin, and Llamara – located in the lithium triangle, the world’s centre for battery grade lithium production. They are situated within basins entirely controlled by the Company, which affords significant potential development and operational advantages. The projects have direct access to excellent infrastructure and renewable power.

CleanTech Lithium is committed to using renewable power for processing and reducing the environmental impact of its lithium production by utilising Direct Lithium Extraction. Direct Lithium Extraction is a transformative technology which only removes lithium from brine, with higher recoveries and purities. The method offers short development lead times, low upfront capex, with no extensive site construction and no evaporation pond development so there is no water depletion from the aquifer or harm to the local environment.

 Source Link: https://polaris.brighterir.com/public/cleantech_lithium/news/xml_rns/story/rnkn4pr

U.S. Energy Corp. Announces Appointment of New Chief Financial Officer

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Mark Zajac has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of U.S. Energy Corp.(NasdaqCM:USEG), effective June 1, 2023. Mr. Zajac brings 30 years of leadership experience across energy and finance, primarily as a Partner and national industry leader with KPMG. Preng & Associates assisted in this search.

After starting his career at Arthur Andersen in 1994, Mr. Zajac went on to join KPMG, where he served as a partner and national industry leader before retiring. Throughout his career, he has worked with diverse public and private companies operating in the energy sector, including exploration and production, master limited partnerships, trading and marketing, independent power sectors, and Special Purpose Acquisition Companies. He has gained extensive expertise in areas such as securities and exchange offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and global accounts. Mr. Zajac’s professional journey has exposed him to a range of business experiences, including compliance with PCAOB requirements, involvement in IPOs, staying updated on emerging accounting and industry perspectives, conducting internal control effectiveness assessments, facilitating security offerings, and adhering to various rules and regulations set by the Securities and Exchange Commission. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Tech University and is a licensed Texas Certified Public Accountant.

 

TotalEnergies Appoints Jeanine Wai As Vice President of Investor Relations North America

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Jeanine WaiJeanine Wai is appointed Vice President Investor Relations for North America of TotalEnergies, effective June 1, 2023. She replaces Robert Hammond who elected to retire from the Company. Preng & Associates assisted in this search.

Jeanine Wai began her career in 2001 with Chevron as a process engineer in Downstream specializing in hydrocracking and base oils. From 2009, she alternatively held corporate, buy-side and sell-side positions, including Oil & Gas financial analysis and M&A at Bechtel, as an Exploration & Production analyst at Nexus Asset Management, and 13 years of Upstream Oil & Gas equity research at JPMorgan, Citi, and most recently as the Senior US Integrated Oil and Exploration & Production analyst at Barclays since 2018.

Jeanine Wai is graduated with honors with a B.S in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and holds an M.B.A from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Link Source: https://totalenergies.com/media/news/press-releases/jeanine-wai-appointed-vice-president-investor-relations-north-america