KEARNEY, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 20, 2014) - Ontario Graphite Ltd. (OGL) is pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Burkett as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Burkett will be based in Toronto and brings more than thirty years of graphite industry experience to his new role.
Mr. Burkett has a proven track record that emphasizes safety, environmental stewardship, quality and efficiency in operations. Through his experience as an executive with graphite and carbon industry leaders SGL Group, The Carbon Company and GrafTech International, Mr. Burkett has demonstrated the ability to lead, with a focus on people and growth. Most recently, Mr. Burkett was Head of the GMS Business Area for the Americas at SGL and prior to that Global Head of SGL's Expanded Graphite Division. As a result, Mr. Burkett also brings a keen understanding of clients' needs and expectations to help Ontario Graphite become a leader in large flake natural graphite production and applications.
"I am looking forward to joining the OGL team that's already made great progress toward re-commissioning the Kearney Mine," said Mr. Burkett. "My commitment is to continue to operate with safety and environmental stewardship as the values core to our work and to move the re-commissioning forward as quickly as feasibly possible."
"We are thrilled that Tom Burkett is coming on board to lead the Ontario Graphite team," said Jesse Rodriguez, Co-Lead of Ontario Graphite's board of directors. "His extensive leadership and industry experience will guide and focus our organization as the Kearney Mine ramps up to production and we establish our reputation as the premier producer of natural flake graphite in North America."
"Tom's deep knowledge and contacts within the global carbon and graphite industry, as well as his international leadership experience are the ingredients we need as OGL moves toward the re-start of operations at the Kearney Mine," said Gustavo Gomez, Co-Lead of Ontario Graphite's Board of Directors.
Mr. Burkett is a graduate of Gettysburg College, where he majored in business administration and has spent time living and working in the United States, Germany, Switzerland, and China.
About Ontario Graphite Ltd.
Ontario Graphite Ltd. is a privately owned Canadian mining company committed to the responsible re-commissioning and operation of the Kearney Mine. The Mine, located in Kearney, Ontario, Canada (approximately 250 km north of Toronto), is one of the largest confirmed graphite mineral resource projects in North America and among the largest individual deposits in the world. Ontario Graphite's vision is to be the premier producer of natural flake graphite in North America.
To learn more about Ontario Graphite Ltd., the Kearney Mine and Tom Burkett's appointment, please visit www.ontariographite.com.