George Karageorge, the founding geologist for lithium producer Pilbara Minerals has joined the Canadian-listed BlueBird Battery Metals to boost its exploration profile in Western Australia.
The Canadian prospector holds a sizable list of tenements in the state, including a recent acquisition of private company Southern Lithium which has added twelve tenements totalling 664 km2 in the Goldfields-Wheatbelt region.
Karageorge is experienced in building lithium projects from an early stage into production having played an integral part in the establishment of Pilbara Minerals’ Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum– one of the country’s largest hard rock lithium projects.
Pilgangoora has been developed from the first drill hole through to first concentrate and shipment in under four years.
Commenting on the high-profile appointment, BlueBird CEO Nav Dhaliwal said:
BlueBird has pursued a deliberate strategy of selecting and acquiring specific projects in Western Australia – a highly-stable jurisdiction that hosts a trillion-dollar hard rock battery metal exploration and production industry.
We are now entering a highly-active phase of development and are thrilled that we’ve attracted George Karageorge to the role of President. George is a proven expert in Western Australian battery metal exploration and production, and his leadership will be a critical asset as we move forward,” he said.
With the appointment of Mr. Karageorge, Mr. Leigh Hughes has stepped down as Interim President.