Jindalee Lithium Limited (ASX:JLL) has strengthened its management team in preparation for the Company’s growth phase towards Pre-Feasibility Study delivery, announcing the appointment of experienced mining business executive, Ian Rodger as Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Rodger is scheduled to assume his role at Jindalee Lithium in mid-January next year. Following this transition, Mr. Lindsay Dudfield will retire from his interim CEO position while continuing to serve on the Board in his capacity as an executive director for a transitional period.
Rodger’s 15-Year Experience
Mr. Rodger boasts 15 years of extensive experience in the mining and business sectors. His diverse roles include serving as a Mining Engineer for Rio Tinto, contributing to two significant greenfield mine developments, and holding key positions in mining corporate finance, notably as Executive and Director at RFC Ambrian. In this capacity, he played a pivotal role in originating and managing numerous mandates across various corporate advisory functions.
In his most recent role as Project Director at Oz Minerals (ASX: OZL), Mr. Rodger played a key role in advancing the exploration of the West Musgrave Nickel/Copper Province, where his impact was particularly noteworthy in delineating the region’s value potential through a comprehensive series of growth studies.
Leading technical, market, and partnership development workstreams, Mr. Rodger was instrumental in unlocking the value for producing an intermediate Nickel product crucial to the battery value chain.
Mr Rodger holds a Bachelor of Mining Engineering from the University of Queensland, a Masters of Mineral Economics from Curtin University and is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
Jindalee’s Chairman Mr Mannolini commented on Mr. Rodger’s appointment.
“I am delighted that Ian has agreed to lead Jindalee through the next stage of its development. Ian brings experience and expertise to the role which will greatly assist the Company as we progress towards delivery of a pre-feasibility study on the McDermitt Lithium Project in Oregon USA,” he said.
“Notwithstanding some short-term challenges created by volatility in lithium prices, we remain confident that McDermitt will, in time, find its place as a reliable, long-term supplier of lithium to the rapidly growing electric vehicle industry in the United States.”
Mr. Rodger expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “I am thrilled to assume the leadership role at Jindalee Lithium, particularly as we drive the McDermitt Project forward,” he said.
“The team’s transformation of an early-stage acquisition into a globally significant lithium Mineral Resource, with 21.5Mt Lithium Carbonate Equivalent (LCE)1, is truly commendable. As we move towards delivering the PFS in 2024, I’m eager to collaborate with the Jindalee team and our stakeholders to fully realise the strategic value of this project.”
JLL’s Australian Stock Exchange-listed share price has risen 6.25% and is currently trading at $1.020 (10:00am UTC+ 8 hours).