Management

Andre M. Zeitoun
President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director

Mr. Zeitoun has served as President and CEO of Applied Minerals since 2009. He has 16 years of experience investing in operational turnarounds with a focus on early stage, emerging growth industries– most recently as a Portfolio Manager with SAC Capital. He is responsible for executing the turnaround and rebranding of the Company and its products and successfully leading it from exploration stage to commercialization in less than three years.

Nat Krishnamurti
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Krishnamurti is a CPA with nearly two decades of experience as a financial management and audit professional. He was previously employed by inVentiv Health, Inc. ("inVentiv"), a provider of clinical, communications and commercial services to the global pharmaceutical, life sciences and biotechnology industries. During his 11-year tenure at inVentiv, Mr. Krishnamurti served as VP - Accounting and Reporting, Chief Accounting Officer, VP - Corporate Finance, and Director - Treasury, Consolidations and Financial Reporting. Prior to inVentiv, Mr. Krishnamurti worked as a senior auditor for firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP and Feldman Sherb Erhlich & Co., PC. While at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP he focused on consumer and industrial products' clients, which included mining companies.

William Gleeson
General Counsel

Mr. Gleeson has 40 years experience practicing securities, corporate, and mergers and acquisitions law. Prior to joining the Company, he was a partner at K&L Gates, LLP for eleven years, focusing on various areas of corporate law.  For his final three years at K&L Gates, he served as Applied Minerals, Inc.’s outside counsel, a time during which he acquired an in-depth understanding of the Company’s business. Mr. Gleeson began his legal career as a litigator with the SEC, specializing in accounting cases. He received his J.D. from the University of Michigan.

Yash Khanna, Ph. D.
Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Khanna is a globally recognized expert in plastics, functional fillers and additives with over 38 years of industry experience. From 2005 through 2009 Dr. Khanna served as a Senior Technology Fellow/Director of Technology for Imerys, a $5 billion leading minerals-based specialty solutions company. From 2001 through 2004 he was a manager of the Reinforced Engineered Thermoplastics division at Rayonier, a $3.6 billion leading international forest products company.The great majority of Dr. Khanna's professional career was spent at Honeywell (formerly Allied Signal) where, from 1975-2001, he worked in the firm's Corporate Research and Technology Center as a Research Group Leader/Senior Principal Scientist. From 2009-2013 he has was the President of InnoPlast Solutions, a leading consulting firm providing educational conferences, courses, and problem solving services to the plastics industry.

Dr. Khanna received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Polymer Science & Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York University. Dr. Khanna has authored more than 120 research publications, is listed as an inventor of 25 U.S. patents, and has been awarded the Plastics Engineer's International "Engineering/Technology" Award (2001), the North American Thermal Analysis Society's Fellowship (1998) and the International Mettler Award (1997).

Rogerio Galante
Head of Iron Oxide Business Unit

Mr. Galante serves as the Head of the Iron Oxide Business Unit. Prior to Applied Minerals, Mr. Galante spent 15 years at Lanxess AG, a EUR9.1 billion specialty chemicals company and the world's largest producer of iron oxide pigments. While working in Lanxess' Inorganic Pigments Group, Rogerio held a number of senior level roles including Sales Manager of Inorganic Pigments for Brazil, Director of Logistics, Portfolio Management and Deputy Head of North American Iron Oxide Pigments. His experience at Lanxess covered all aspects of product commercialization and operations. Mr. Galante earned his MBA at the Tepper School of Business and Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from Escola Politécnica da USP (Sao Paolo, Brazil).

Eric Nedreberg
Operations Manager - Dragon Mine

Mr. Nedreberg has 20 years industry experience in operations, plant management, and technical sales. Prior to joining Applied Minerals, he spent 13 years working for Resco Products, Inc. where he managed the company’s sales effort to the hydrocarbon processing industries, provided technical and sales support to the company’s Cedar Heights Clays and Piedmont Minerals divisions, and assisted with the mine planning, drilling, and exploration of the company’s Cedar Heights resource.  From 1994 through 2000 he worked in a number of capacities for United Clays, a division of WBB Minerals.  In his role as General Manager at United Clays, Mr. Nedreberg supervised manufacturing processes, improved logistic and procurement performance, and assisted geologists with the implementation of a drilling program to establish clay reserves. Mr. Nedreberg has a rich understanding of the Dragon Mine property and the Tintic District.  In 1997 he produced a report on the economic feasibility of the Dragon Mine’s clay and iron ore resources for the management of United Clays.

Mr. Nedreberg graduated from Youngstown State University (Youngstown, OH) with a degree in Engineering and Materials Science. 

Board of Directors

John Levy
Non-Executive Chairman and Director

Mr. Levy is Chief Executive Officer and principal consultant for Board Advisory, a consulting firm established to assist public companies, or companies aspiring to be public with corporate governance, corporate compliance, ethics, financial reporting and financial strategies. Mr. Levy is a recognized corporate governance and financial reporting expert with over 30 years of progressive financial, accounting and business experience, including having served as Chief Financial Officer of both public and private companies for over 13 years. Mr. Levy is a Certified Public Accountant with nine years experience with the national accounting firms of Ernst & Young, Laventhol & Horwath and Grant Thornton.

Andre Zeitoun
Chief Executive Officer, President, Director

Mr. Zeitoun has served as President and CEO of Applied Minerals since 2009. He has 16 years of experience investing in operational turnarounds with a focus on early stage, emerging growth industries– most recently as a Portfolio Manager with SAC Capital. He is responsible for executing the turnaround and rebranding of the Company and its products and successfully leading it from exploration stage to commercialization in less than three years.

David A. Taft
Director

Mr. Taft is the President of IBS Capital Corporation, an investment management firm, which he founded in 1990. IBS is the beneficial owner of 23.5% of Applied Minerals common stock.

Mario Concha
Director

Mr. Concha has over 40 years experience as a hands-on corporate executive. He has first-hand industry knowledge, gained from senior executive positions in various industries, including chemicals, plastics, forest products, metals and mining. Since 2005 Mr. Concha has been the President of Mario Concha & Associates, LLC, a firm providing consulting services to senior executives and members of boards of directors in the chemicals and plastics industries. Mr. Concha served as the President of the Chemical Division of Georgia Pacific Corporation from 1998 until 2005. From 1992 until 1998 he served as President of the International Division of GS Industries, a manufacturer of specialty steel. From 1985 until 1992 Mr. Concha served as a Vice President for Occidental Chemical Corporation ("Oxy-Chem"). From 1964 until 1985 Mr. Concha served in a number of senior management positions at Union Carbide.

Robert Betz
Director

Mr. Betz is a veteran chemical industry executive with 40 years of experience. From 2000 through his retirement in 2002, Mr. Betz was the President of Cognis Corp., the North American division of Cognis GmbH. From 1989 through 2000 Mr. Betz held a number of management positions at Henkel including Executive VP and President of its Emery Group, a leading manufacturer of oleochemicals, and President of its Chemicals Group for North America. From 1979 through 1989, Mr. Betz worked in a number of manufacturing and operations capacities for the Emery Division of National Distillers and Chemicals Corp., eventually rising to President of the division. Mr. Betz began his career in the specialty chemicals industry by joining Emery Industries from 1963 to 1979 where is he served in several roles, including as a Market Development Representative, Manager of Corporate Planning, Vice President of Operations - Emery (Canada), Manager of Corporate Development, and General Manager of Business Groups.  Since 2003, Mr. Betz has been the owner of Personal Care Ingredients, LLC, a privately owned marketer of natural products to the personal care industry.

Ali Zamani
Director

Mr. Zamani is an investment professional with over 13 years experience investing in the materials industry.  From July 2012 to December 2013, Mr. Zamani was a Principal at SLZ Capital Management, a New York-based asset management firm. From 2004 through 2012, Mr. Zamani was a senior investment professional at Goldman Sachs Investment Partners and Goldman Sachs Principal Strategies. While at Goldman Sachs, he managed a portfolio focused on the energy, materials, utilities and industrials sectors. From 2002 through 2004, Mr. Zamani was a mergers and acquisitions analyst focused on the energy and utilities sectors at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, a boutique New York-based investment bank.

Technical Advisory Board

Yash Khanna, PhD
Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Khanna is a globally recognized expert in plastics, functional fillers and additives with over 38 years of industry experience. From 2005 through 2009 Dr. Khanna served as a Senior Technology Fellow/Director of Technology for Imerys, a $5 billion leading minerals-based specialty solutions company. From 2001 through 2004 he was a manager of the Reinforced Engineered Thermoplastics division at Rayonier, a $3.6 billion leading international forest products company.

The great majority of Dr. Khanna's professional career was spent at Honeywell (formerly Allied Signal) where, from 1975-2001, he worked in the firm's Corporate Research and Technology Center as a Research Group Leader/Senior Principal Scientist. At Honeywell he also held the position of Business Unit Liaison to the firm's Specialty Films segment and was a key technologist for the Packaging Resins business where he was involved in new product development and marketing for North America and Europe. From 2009-2013 he has was the President of InnoPlast Solutions, a leading consulting firm providing educational conferences, courses, and problem solving services to the plastics industry.

Dr. Khanna received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Polymer Science & Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York University. Dr. Khanna has authored more than 120 research publications, is listed as an inventor of 25 U.S. patents, and has been awarded the Plastics Engineer's International "Engineering/Technology" Award (2001), the North American Thermal Analysis Society's Fellowship (1998) and the International Mettler Award (1997).

Rogerio Galante
Head of Iron Oxide Business Unit

Mr. Galante serves as the Head of the Iron Oxide Business Unit. Prior to Applied Minerals, Mr. Galante spent 15 years at Lanxess AG, a EUR9.1 billion specialty chemicals company and the world's largest producer of iron oxide pigments. While working in Lanxess' Inorganic Pigments Group, Rogerio held a number of senior level roles including Sales Manager of Inorganic Pigments for Brazil, Director of Logistics, Portfolio Management and Deputy Head of North American Iron Oxide Pigments. His experience at Lanxess covered all aspects of product commercialization and operations. Mr. Galante earned his MBA at the Tepper School of Business and Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from Escola Politécnica da USP (Sao Paolo, Brazil). 

Eric Wisnesfky
Strategic Advisor

Mr. Eric Wisnefsky has worked in the Chemical Industry for 15 years.   He was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Galata Chemicals LLC.  Prior to this Mr. Wisnefsky served as General Manager of the PVC Additives business of Chemtura Corporation as well as the VP of Strategy and New Business Development at Chemtura.  While at Chemtura,   he also served as the Treasurer and VP of Corporate Finance.  He began his career at Price Waterhouse.  Mr. Wisnefsky has a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Connecticut and is a Certified Public Accountant.  He is currently the Chief Financial Officer for three companies within the GenNx360 portfolio.

Tuvia Barak
Strategic Advisor

Mr. Barak has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Crossways Consulting Group since 1993 and has been a Venture Partner and Senior Advisor at Lux Capital Management since 2005.  He has significant experience advising U.S. and international companies on business development, marketing strategies, technology assessment, and mergers and acquisitions in the aerospace and technology fields.

Mr. Barak is a member of the Board of Directors of Skyline Software, Arinc Corp., WhiteCanyon Software and Funley's Delicious and special advisor to Siluria Technologies and Kymeta Corp.  His many clients have included The Carlyle Group, Boeing, L-3 Communications, ITT, General Dynamics, AAI/Textron, BAE, EDS, DRS, Elbit Systems, Schott, Selex, Ness Technologies, Vought Aircraft, SanDisk, United Defense, Mantech International, NanoSys, MapInfo, Rockwell Collins and Raytheon.  Mr. Barak has a M.Sc. in E.E. from the Technion Institute of Technology, Israel.

Ed Volk
Marketing and Sales Agent

Mr. Volk has over 45 years of marketing, sales, and management experience in the polymer and additive industry. He currently serves as a Marketing and Sales Agent for Applied Minerals as well as consulting on special projects for other leading companies in the polymer supply chain such as Evonik and Nexolve. Throughout Mr Volk's career, he has held key positions at industry leaders such as Soltex (International Sales Manager for Automotive), Total (Polypropylene and Polyethylene National Sales Manager), and Solvay (Fluorine Polymer Sales). Mr. Volk is a graduate of Indiana University.


Ian Wilson BSc, MSc, PhD
Independent Geologist 

Dr. Wilson has a wide experience of over 35 years working with industrial minerals on a global scale and is a recognized expert in halloysite.   Dr Wilson is a geologist by training having obtained a degree in Geology from Kingston (University of London External)  and MSc (Geochemistry)  and PhD from University of Leeds. He worked 28 years for English China Clays/Imerys mainly as a geologist and managed overseas kaolin operations in Brazil and Spain with Project Management roles in start-up Ground Calcium Carbonate (GCC) operations in Sweden and China.  He has therefore been involved in the entire process of exploration, planning and establishment of operations through to production and sales. His experience is mainly with kaolin, halloysite, calcium carbonate, magnesite, talc and barytes  though he is also familiar with other industrial minerals such as special clays. From 2001 to present, Dr. Wilson has served as an industry consultant, making professional visits to over 70 countries in his career and publishing an extensive library of papers, including articles for Industrial Minerals Magazine. Dr. Wilson has also been involved in acquisition work on behalf of public and private investors. Dr Wilson was the recipient of the SME Hal Williams Hardinge Award in 2009 in recognition of his services to industrial minerals. Dr. Wilson is considered a “competent person” under the JORC.