Patriot Battery Metals (TSX-V: PMET) has appointed former managing director and chief executive officer of Pilbara Minerals (ASX: PLS) Ken Brinsden as its latest non-executive chairperson and director.
With about 30 years of experience in surface and underground mining, Mr Brinsden has worked for numerous major miners including WMC Resources, Normandy, Central Norseman Gold Corporation, GoldFields, Iluka Resources (ASX: ILU), Atlas Iron, and, most recently, Pilbara Minerals after being appointed in 2016.
Mr Brinsden’s experience spans production and development, as well as executive and board roles over the years.
Patriot Battery Metals chief executive officer, president and director Blair Way said Mr Brinsden’s industry experience makes him a great fit for the company.
“Ken’s experience in building and operating one of the world’s largest hard rock lithium projects is immensely relevant to what lays ahead for Patriot Battery Metals and we could not be more pleased for [him] to join the Company,” he said.
“Ken has taken Pilbara from grass-roots exploration to a global production/industry leader in just six years.”
Mr Brinsden expressed his pleasure at being able to work with the board to help deliver on the company’s flagship Corvette Property lithium project going forward.
“There is so much to like about the Corvette Property, with work to-date demonstrating both local and regional potential for a large-scale project ideally placed within the emerging North American lithium raw materials supply chain,” he said.
Patriot Battery Metals is a Vancouver-based mineral exploration company focusing on the acquisition and development of mineral properties containing battery, base, and precious metals.
Patriot Battery Metals wholly-owns the Corvette Property project, which is located in the James Bay Region of Québec.
The company recently discovered a new and significant lithium pegmatite cluster at the CV13 target within the project, less than 4.5km from its CV5-1 pegmatite corridor where its drilling.
Company vice president of Exploration Darren Smith said the results were encouraging.
“The CV13 pegmatites are situated directly on trend between the CV5-1 pegmatite corridor being actively drilled and the CV8 pegmatite, which remains to be drill tested,” he said.
“We are very excited to explore this area in further detail given the extent of the mineralisation discovered to date, and its proximity to a regional structural flexure creating a very attractive geological setting for lithium pegmatite emplacement.
Patriot Battery Metals also holds 100% ownership in the Freeman Creek gold property in Idaho, US, and its other assets include the Pontax lithium-gold property in Quebec and the Hidden Lake lithium project in the northwest territories.