Dr. Nexhip has over 20 years of experience in the mining and minerals industry. He spent 14 years in technical, managerial and executive management roles with Rio Tinto in Australia and the United States. He served as General Manager, Integration and Operational Excellence at Rio Tinto Kennecott, a Utah-based fully integrated copper and byproduct production facility encompassing mining and refining. Dr. Nexhip started his career working for the Australian Government as a Research Engineer in the field of minerals and metallurgy, and he was awarded several academic fellowships. He obtained his PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Melbourne, where he investigated the physical chemistry of molten slag systems, an energy efficient process utilized in making steel and iron. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Melbourne.
Mr. Schwethelm has 30 years of experience as an accounting and finance executive, predominantly in the energy sector. He has served as Chief Financial Officer of Tesoro Corporation, a Fortune 100 refining, marketing and logistics company, as Chief Financial Officer of Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company and as Chief Financial Officer of a Saudi Arabian family-owned leader in the provision of multiple-sector contracting services. Mr. Schwethelm has also worked in Saudi Arabia with the Internal Audit department of Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil producer, and with the State Auditor of Texas supervising the compliance and financial audits of The University of Texas System. Additionally, he served as Treasurer and Chief Accounting Officer of a Texas Hill Country-based community bank holding company. Mr. Schwethelm received his BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Internal Auditor and a Certified Fraud Examiner. He began his career with Touche Ross & Co., a predecessor to a Big Four Accounting Firm.