Li-Cycle Holdings Corp. (NYSE: LICY) (“Li-Cycle” or “the Company”), an industry leader in lithium-ion battery resource recovery and the leading lithium-ion battery recycler in North America, today announced the appointment of Richard Storrie as Regional President, Americas. Mr. Storrie will oversee all of Li-Cycle’s recycling operations and commercial activities, as well as the execution of its growth strategy in the Americas region. He will start with the Company on Monday, January 24, 2022.
Li-Cycle also announced that it has adopted a new regional management structure to support the acceleration of the Company’s global growth plans. Under the new structure, regional presidents will oversee recycling operations, commercial activities, and business development activities in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Asia-Pacific (APAC) regions.
Mr. Storrie brings more than 26 years of operational, technical, and strategic development experience in the metals and mining industry and possesses a deep understanding of the battery metals supply chain. Throughout his career, he has made significant contributions to advancing some of the most valuable mining assets in the world and developing multi-billion-dollar operations. Mr. Storrie will report to Li-Cycle’s President, CEO, and co-founder, Ajay Kochhar.
"We’re excited to welcome Richard to the Li-Cycle team as we continue to expand and reinforce our presence as the leading lithium-ion battery recycler in North America,” said Mr. Kochhar. “Richard has extensive experience working in the battery metals supply chain and will play an important role in supporting our ability to scale and meet the rapidly growing demand for lithium-ion battery recycling.”
“Li-Cycle is proving that lithium-ion battery recycling is a viable, sustainable complement to mining for critical battery-grade materials in the long term,” said Mr. Storrie. “I look forward to leveraging my extensive experience with scaling mining operations at Li-Cycle as the Company helps to solve an urgent global challenge – the need for an environmentally and economically sustainable lithium-ion battery recycling solution.”
Prior to joining Li-Cycle, Mr. Storrie served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Diavik Diamond Mine, owned by Rio Tinto, one of the largest metals and mining corporations in the world. Throughout his 26 year tenure with Rio Tinto, Mr. Storrie has worked in its top tier open-pit and underground operations in several regions, including Rio Tinto’s multi-billion dollar Oyu Tolgoi copper mine in Mongolia. Mr. Storrie has worked with governmental, diplomatic, and industry leaders throughout his time at Rio Tinto, and was a member of the Rio Tinto EU Steering Committee, helping develop the company’s strategy within the European Union.
Mr. Storrie served as an officer in the British Royal Marine Commandos and acquired an Honours degree in Mining Engineering from Newcastle University in the UK.
Additional Leadership Changes
In addition to appointing Mr. Storrie to the role of Regional President, Americas, Li-Cycle has promoted Dawei Li to the role of Regional President, APAC. Tim Johnston has assumed the role of interim Regional President, EMEA, and Kunal Phalpher has transitioned from the role of Chief Commercial Officer to Chief Strategy Officer of the Company.
Dawei Li – Regional President, APAC
Mr. Li has transitioned from his prior role as Li-Cycle’s Vice President, Asia to the new role of Regional President, APAC. In his new position, he will oversee the execution of Li-Cycle’s growth strategy in the Asia-Pacific region and will be responsible for Li-Cycle’s future operational and commercial teams in that region.
Tim Johnston – Interim Regional President, EMEA
Tim Johnston, Li-Cycle’s co-founder and Executive Chairman, has assumed the additional role of Interim Regional President, EMEA, as part of the Company’s new regional management structure. In this new role, he will oversee the execution of Li-Cycle’s growth strategy in the EMEA region and will be responsible for Li-Cycle’s future operational and commercial teams in that region.
Kunal Phalpher – Chief Strategy Officer
Mr. Phalpher has transitioned from his role as Li-Cycle’s Chief Commercial Officer to the new role of Chief Strategy Officer. In this new role, Mr. Phalpher will oversee Li-Cycle’s global customer relationships and its commercial development strategies.
About Li-Cycle Holdings Corp.
Li-Cycle (NYSE: LICY) is on a mission to leverage its innovative Spoke & Hub Technologies™ to provide a customer-centric, end-of-life solution for lithium-ion batteries, while creating a secondary supply of critical battery materials. Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries are increasingly powering our world in automotive, energy storage, consumer electronics, and other industrial and household applications. The world needs improved technology and supply chain innovations to better manage battery manufacturing waste and end-of-life batteries and to meet the rapidly growing demand for critical and scarce battery-grade raw materials through a closed-loop solution. For more information, visit https://li-cycle.com/.
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