– CANADA, Vancouver – Pure Energy Minerals Limited (TSX:PE) (FRANKFURT:A111EG) (OTCQB:PEMIF) is pleased to announce that Mr. S. Scott Shellhaas, Esq. has been appointed to its board of directors effective April 19, 2017.
Mr. Shellhaas has more than thirty years of diverse experience in the mining industry including a long tenure with various divisions of Cyprus Amax Minerals Company spanning the lithium, gold, copper, iron ore, and coal divisions. After working as Managing Attorney at the head office of Cyprus Amax he ascended to roles as president of gold and iron ore operating units until taking over as president of Cyprus Foote Mineral Company, Cyprus Amax’ lithium chemical and manufacturing division, in 1993.
As leader of Cyprus Amax’ lithium division, Mr. Shellhaas presided over annual sales of approximately $250 million and led more than 1,000 employees. In addition to launching a new lithium hydroxide plant (Nevada) and a new lithium chloride plant (Chile), he enhanced focus on downstream high-margin product lines and helped bolster research and development activities. Revenue and earnings reached record levels under his leadership. He was also a champion of employee development and quality programs, such as obtaining ISO 2000 certification for all Cyprus Amax’ operations.
Scott Shellhaas also has experience in junior mining companies that have transitioned into mid-tier producers. He was the President and COO of Thompson Creek Metals Company, where he led the $650 million mill expansion and modernization at the Endako Mine and the $1.6 billion start-up of the Mt. Milligan copper gold mine, both in British Columbia. In 2015, Mr. Shellhaas was the co-recipient with Rob Pease of the E.A. Scholz Award for Mine Development from AME BC for the Mt. Milligan Project.
Pure Energy CEO, Patrick Highsmith, commented on the new team member, “We are very excited to have Scott Shellhaas join the board of directors of Pure Energy. Scott has a deep executive background in major project execution, large capital projects, mergers & acquisitions, and complex corporate management issues. He was President of Cyprus Foote Mineral Company, which was a previous owner of the Silver Peak Mine in Clayton Valley. That sort of relevant lithium experience is an important addition to our team. He has also led mine start-ups and rollouts of new technology with particular focus on costs, quality, and people. It has been our objective for some time to add more major project operations experience, major company lithium experience, and a legal background to our board. Scott will help us in all three areas.”
Mr. Shellhaas has a BA in Economics from the University of North Carolina and a Juris Doctor from the University of Wyoming, where he served as Managing Editor of the “Land and Water Law Review”. In addition to being a member of the State Bar Associations of California, Colorado, Nevada, and Wyoming, he also clerked for the Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court.
Simultaneous with the addition of Mr. Scott Shellhaas to the board, Dr. Andy Robinson has tendered his resignation as a director. The Board of Pure Energy thanks Dr. Robinson for his important contributions to the team as a member of the board for the last 19 months.
About Pure Energy Minerals Limited
Pure Energy is a lithium resource developer that is driven to become a low-cost supplier for the burgeoning lithium battery industry. The Company is currently focused on the development of the CVS Lithium Brine Project and the adjoining Glory Lithium Clay Project in Clayton Valley, Nevada. Pure Energy also recently announced the acquisition of a purchase option on a major new lithium brine project in the Lithium Triangle of South America, the Terra Cotta Project (“TCP”). The TCP is located on Pocitos Salar in Salta, Argentina, where it enjoys some of the best infrastructure and access of any lithium brine exploration project in the country.
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May 25, 2017