Lynas Board of Directors
Lynas Senior Management Team
Ms Conlon was appointed Chair on 30 September 2020. Prior to this she was a Non-Executive Director from 1 November 2011. Ms Conlon is currently a Non-Executive Director of REA Group Limited, Aristocrat Leisure Limited, BlueScope Steel Limited and The Benevolent Society, and a former Non-Executive Director of CSR Limited. She is also a member of Chief Executive Women, former President of the NSW division of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a former member of the National Board of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ms Conlon was previously Chairperson of the Audit Committee of the Commonwealth Department of Health. Prior to her Non-Executive Director career, Ms Conlon spent 20 years in professional consulting where she successfully assisted companies achieve increased shareholder returns through strategic and operational improvements in a diverse range of industries.
Ms Conlon is one of the pre-eminent thought leaders in the area of operations and change management, both in Australia and globally. In 2003, Ms Conlon was awarded the Commonwealth Centenary medal for services to business leadership.
Ms Lacaze was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Company on 25 June 2014 following her appointment as a Non-Executive Director of the Company on 1 January 2014.
Ms Lacaze brings more than 25 years of senior operational experience to Lynas, including as Chief Executive Officer of Commander Communications, Executive Chairman of Orion Telecommunications and Chief Executive Officer of AOL|7. Prior to that, Ms Lacaze was Managing Director of Marketing at Telstra and held various business management roles at ICI Australia (now Orica and Incitec Pivot). Ms Lacaze's early experience was in consumer goods with Nestle.
Ms Lacaze is currently a Non-Executive Director of ING Bank Australia Ltd, a board member of the Minerals Council of Australia and a member of Chief Executive Women and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ms Lacaze holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Queensland and postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the Australian Graduate School of Management.
Dr Guthrie has more than 30 years’ experience in the resources sector in diverse roles such as operations, environment, community and indigenous affairs, corporate development and sustainability.
She has qualifications in geology, environment, law and business management including a PhD in Geology. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science from Curtin University in 2017 for her contribution to sustainability, innovation and policy leadership in the resources industry.
Dr Guthrie is Deputy Chair and Lead Independent Director of Adbri Ltd, a non-executive Director of Santos Limited, Tronox Holdings PLC, Cricket Australia and Pro-Chancellor of Curtin University. She is also the former Managing Director and CEO of Toro Energy Limited from 2013 to 2016 and was the Chair of the Minerals Council of Australia from 2016 to 2019.
She is an active member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chief Executive Women, a fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
Mr Murdoch joined the Company as a Non-Executive Director with effect from 30 October 2017. Mr Murdoch has more than 38 years of chartered accounting experience. From 2004 to 2011, Mr Murdoch led the corporate finance team for Ernst & Young Queensland and was an audit and corporate finance partner with Deloitte from 1980 to 2000. Mr Murdoch has extensive experience in providing advice in relation to mergers, acquisitions, takeovers, corporate restructures, share issues, pre-acquisition pricing due diligence advice, expert reports for capital raisings and initial public offerings.
Mr Murdoch is currently a Non-Executive Director and chair of the audit committee of the listed entity OFX Ltd. He was previously a director and the chair of the audit committee for ALS Limited, Redbubble Limited and QIC. He is a senator of the University of Queensland (as well as chair of the risk committee and member of the finance committee), an adjunct professor at the University of Queensland Business School and a director of UQ Holdings Limited. Mr Murdoch has a Master’s degree in Commerce (Honours) from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, is a graduate of the Kellogg Advanced Executive Program and the Advanced Leadership Program at Northwestern University. He is a fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand and of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a member of the AICD State Council for Queensland for the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr Murdoch is the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.
Mr Etienne joined the Company as a Non-Executive Director on 1 January 2015. He is a Non-Executive Director of Cleanaway Waste Management Limited, Aristocrat Leisure Limited and the former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Innovia Security Pty Ltd.
In addition, he was previously Chief Executive Officer of Orica Mining services and was a member of Orica Limited's Executive Committee.
Mr Etienne is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. His career includes senior executive positions with Orica in Australia, the USA and Germany including strategy and planning and responsibility for synergy delivery of large scale acquisitions.
John Humphrey joined the Company as a Non-Executive Director on May 15, 2017. His key areas of expertise include mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and corporate governance.
Mr Humphrey is a senior consultant to King & Wood Mallesons. He was the Dean of the Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology until June 2019. He has held non-executive director positions at other listed companies over many years and is currently Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Auswide Bank Ltd (formerly Wide Bay Australia) and Spotless Group Holdings Ltd. Mr Humphrey is also a non-executive director of Cromwell Property Group. His previous positions include Non-Executive Director of Horizon Oil Ltd, Deputy Chairman of King & Wood Mallesons, Non-Executive Director of Downer EDI Ltd, Villa World Ltd, and Sunshine Broadcasting Network Ltd. He has also served as a member of the Australian Takeovers Panel.
Mr Humphrey is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and Nomination, Remuneration and Community Committee
Gaudenz joined Lynas in March 2014 as General Manager, Finance.
Prior to joining Lynas, Gaudenz was with General Motors in India as the Chief Financial Officer, and also worked for the company in various parts of Europe and Asia in executive and managerial positions. Besides assignments in Operations Analysis, Pricing, Special Projects and Treasury, he worked as Sales Controller in Italy and was plant Controller at major manufacturing plants at Opel in Germany. Gaudenz spent several years at GM Daewoo in Korea as Corporate Controller before moving to India.
Gaudenz has extensive experience in dealing with different cultures and is well regarded for his expertise in turning around company cultures to a performing cost conscious team.
Gaudenz has a Master Degree in Business Administration with specialisation in Finance & Accounting from the University of St Gallen, Switzerland.
Pol Le Roux is Vice President Downstream for Lynas Corporation, responsible for Lynas’ advanced manufacturing plant in Kuantan, Malaysia, and all Sales and Marketing activities as well as business development projects outside of Australia including the proposed Heavy Rare Earths separation plant.
He also leads sustainability initiatives such as Life Cycle Analysis and mine to magnet traceability, and new product development to meet customer needs. Pol’s deep expertise and understanding of the Rare Earths market, technical requirements and applications is highly valued by customers
Pol joined Lynas in October 2010 and has played an important role in the company’s journey from start up to profitable business, delivering both sales growth and long-term value to the company.
His previous experience includes 26 years with French chemicals company Rhodia/Rhone-Poulenc (now part of Solvay) where he held a range of roles, most recently leading Rhodia’s vanillan division as Diphenol Activity Director. During this period, Pol gained valuable exposure to a range of industries, including automotive, plastics, chemicals and electronics, and was based in international markets including China, Mexico, Korea and France.
As VP Upstream, Kam Leung is responsible for all operations in Western Australia, including Mt Weld Mining and processing operations and all WA based development work, including the Kalgoorlie project.
Previously, Kam was VP Production from 2014 to 2020, leading Lynas’ production, health and safety and product quality from mine to finished product. Kam started at Lynas in 2012 as the General Manager WA.
Mr Leung has had over 30 years in the resources sector and has worked for Mt Isa Mines, BHP Billiton and Iluka Resources prior to joining Lynas. His previous experience includes the development and operation of silver-lead–zinc mining and processing operations in the Northern Territory and Northwest Queensland, operation of mineral sands separation and synthetic rutile plants in Western Australia and corporate risk management.
Mr Leung has a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and a PhD (Metallurgical Engineering) from the University of Queensland.
Andrew Arnold was appointed as General Counsel and Company Secretary to the Group on 23 July 2008, following 15 years as a lawyer at Deacons, including six years as a Partner. During that time Mr Arnold also spent two years on secondment at Riddell Williams, Seattle. In his role at Deacons he had been overseeing the legal work of Lynas since 2001. Mr Arnold is the responsible person for communication with the ASX in relation to listing rule matters.
Mr Arnold has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.
Dato’ Mashal Ahmad joined Lynas in 2008 as Country Manager responsible for establishing the operations and system in Malaysia, and for securing all appropriate regulatory clearances and licences. He has more than 35 years’ experience in the chemical, LNG, petroleum refining, polymer and Rare Earth industries, and worked for ICI, Eastman Chemicals and PETRONAS before joining Lynas.
He has a Bachelor of Science (Production Engineering) from Nottingham University in the UK, and was conferred Darjah Indera Mahkota Pahang in 2010. Dato Mashal is Chairman of PETRONAS Vendor Development Program for MLNG and ABF, and is a Member of the Research Council, University Teknologi Petronas.
Mimi joined Lynas in March 2008 as the Senior Human Resources Manager. Prior to joining Lynas, Mimi spent 2 years at Mieco Manufacturing Sdn Bhd developing and executing the overall organisational Human Resources spectrum including talent management, compensation and benefits, continuous improvement and employee relations. She also handled the community and social responsibilities program.
Mimi also has experience working for Malaysian Newsprint Industries (a part subsidiary of Hong Leong Group) for 8 years and moved to Hong Leong Corporate for another year. She was also instrumental in setting up the Human Resources Department, policies, procedures and culture for the Green Field Company. Mimi has also had various other roles that include banking and lecturing.
Mimi received a Degree in Management majoring in Accounting and Finance (Hons) from the Malaysian Science University and a Masters in Management from Malaysia Putra University.
Daniel Havas is Vice President Strategy & Investor Relations, responsible for Lynas’ strategic analysis and business planning, investor relations and international government relations.
Daniel has a strong background in international business strategy, foreign direct investment, market entry & expansion planning, and stakeholder relations. Prior to joining Lynas in December 2020, Daniel was Australia’s Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner to Malaysia & Brunei, a member of Austrade's ASEAN leadership team, and previously Australia’s Trade Commissioner to Peru & Ecuador. In that role, he had coverage of Austrade’s mining & resources teams throughout Latin America, overseeing the development of strategies to position the growth of Australia’s resources industry in the region. Daniel has a broad range of experience in both the private sector and government, having worked across multiple overseas markets including South-East Asia, Latin America, Spain, and North America.