Essential Metals Limited (ASX: ESS – “Essential” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce the appointment of experienced resources and battery materials executive Robert Sills as General Manager – Marketing & Strategy.
Mr Sills has an extensive global network and a distinguished 28 year career in critical materials (predominantly lithium and rare earths), actively engaging with global downstream processors seeking to bolster supply chain resilience and enhance ESG credentials within their respective lithium-ion battery supply chains.
Mr Sills most recently worked with Core Lithium (ASX: CXO) as Commercial Marketing Manager, playing a key role in the identification, development and establishment of cornerstone off-take partners in addition to a portfolio of highly prospective investment and off-take opportunities.
He played a significant role in the establishment and execution of the recent Core Lithium Direct Shipping Ore (DSO) tender, achieving a record price for spodumene DSO and priming the industry for future spodumene sales.
Mr Sills brings a wealth of skills to Essential Metals, including a strong industry reputation to secure trade and investment from collaborative international partners. He also brings the ability to leverage product off-take to access enhanced opportunities such as equity participation in lucrative downstream processing. With the increasing emphasis by supply chain participants on ESG performance, Mr Sills’ experience in developing ESG enhancement strategies will also be invaluable.
Mr Sills is a MBA graduate from UWA & WU (Vienna), holds degrees in Commerce and Asian Studies and is fluent in Japanese.
Commenting on the appointment, Essential Metals Managing Director, Tim Spencer, said:
“We are delighted to have secured Rob’s services to drive our marketing program and help secure off-take contracts for our rapidly advancing Pioneer Dome Lithium Project in WA. “Rob has a very successful track record in lithium marketing and we are looking forward to leveraging those skill-sets for Pioneer Dome.”