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Lynas Corporation Board of Directors

Mike Harding


Mr Harding joined the Company as Non-Executive Chairman on 1 January 2015 and has significant experience with industrial businesses, having previously held management positions around the world with British Petroleum (BP), including as President and General Manager of BP Exploration Australia.

Mr Harding is currently Chairman of Downer EDI Ltd, and a Non-Executive Director of Cleanaway Waste Management Limited. He is a former Chairman of Roc Oil Company Limited and a former Non-Executive Director of Santos Limited and Clough Limited.

Amanda Lacaze


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 and is 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.

Kathleen Conlon


Ms Conlon was appointed as a Non-Executive Director from 1 November 2011. Ms Conlon is currently a Non-Executive Director of REA Group Limited, Aristocrat Leisure 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 is 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.

Grant Murdoch


Grant Murdoch was appointed as a Non-Executive Director with effect from 30 October 2017.

Mr Murdoch is currently a non-executive director of the listed entities ALS Limited, OFX Group Ltd and Redbubble Limited. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland Business School, Chair of the University of Queensland Risk & Audit Committee and a member of its Finance Committee and a Non-Executive Director of UQ Holdings.

Mr Murdoch is also a member of the Queensland State Council of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. His previous positions include being a Director of Murdoch Corporate Finance Pty Ltd, a Partner of Ernst & Young where he was the Queensland Leader for Transaction Advisory Services, and a Brisbane Partner of Deloitte where he was the Leader for Queensland Audit and Corporate Finance.

Philippe Etienne


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 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.

Professor John Humphrey


Professor John Humphrey joined Lynas as a Non-Executive Director on 15 May 2017. His key areas of expertise include mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance and corporate governance.

Professor Humphrey is the Dean of the Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology. He has held Non-Executive Director positions at other listed companies over many years and is currently a Non-Executive Director of Horizon Oil and Auswide Bank Ltd (formerly Wide Bay Australia) and Spotless Group Holdings Ltd.

His previous positions include Deputy Chairman of King & Wood Mallesons, Non-Executive Director of Downer EDI Limited, Villa World Limited and Sunshine Broadcasting Network Limited and he has served as a member of the Australian Takeovers Panel.

Professor Humphrey holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Queensland.

Lynas senior management team

Lynas’ key executives are as follows:

Gaudenz Sturzenegger


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


Pol Le Roux is Vice President Sales & Marketing for Lynas Corporation, responsible for continuing to grow and serve the company’s global customer base. 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.

Kam Leung


Kam Leung joined Lynas as the General Manager WA in May 2012. His responsibilities expanded in 2014 when he also assumed responsibility for all LAMP operations in Kuantan, Malaysia. He leads Lynas’ production, health and safety, product quality, production planning, maintenance and engineering services, ensuring consistent management from the mine to finished product.

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


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


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 Afzan Afza


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.