Henderson to head Pilbara Minerals

Pilbara Minerals has chosen experienced mining and resource sector executive Dale Henderson as managing director and chief executive officer.

The appointment of Henderson, who has held the role of Chief Operating Officer at Pilbara Minerals since 2017, follows a wide-ranging and thorough executive search process initiated in February after Pilbara Minerals’ long-serving managing director Ken Brinsden advised his intention to step down from the role.

Henderson was selected from a field of outstanding candidates because of his strong lithium industry experience, outstanding leadership skills, strong cultural values and work ethic, and his clear understanding of the future of the lithium raw materials industry and Pilbara Minerals’ vision to become a major long-term player in the rapidly growing lithium industry supply chain.

During his tenure as COO, Henderson has also forged strong relationships with Pilbara Minerals’ key stakeholders, including the Traditional Owners at Pilgangoora, the company’s customers, project partners and key investors and he has played a significant role in helping to develop and implement Pilbara Minerals’ ESG and sustainability framework.

Brinsden will formally step down on July 30, working closely with Henderson over the next two months to ensure a smooth and effective transition.

Pilbara Minerals chairman Tony Kiernan said he acknowledged Brinsden’s contribution since joining the company in 2015.

“He led Pilbara Minerals through the initial Pre-Feasibility Study, construction and ultimate commissioning and ramp-up of the Pilgangoora Lithium-Tantalum Project – spearheading the company’s remarkable transformation from junior micro-cap to now an ASX100-listed company,” he said.

“He also played a vital role in leading the Company through the very difficult period which we faced in 2017-2019. The decisions and actions he took were instrumental in getting the company through to where it stands now as a major force in the global battery materials landscape and the leading pure play lithium company on the ASX with 100 per cent ownership of the largest independent hard-rock lithium operation in the world.”

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