Chief Executive Officer and Director
Gregory (Greg) Pentland Martyr (Chief Executive Officer and Director) has over 30 years' experience across resources investment banking, corporate finance and the management of international mining companies. Since March 2018, Mr. Martyr has served as the non-executive director of Euro Manganese (ASX: EMN), which owns a 100% interest in the Chvaletice Manganese project, the only sizeable manganese resource in the European Union, with the potential to provide up to 50% of projected European demand for high purity manganese for batteries. Since February 2018, Mr. Martyr has served as a non-executive director, and since January 2021, the non-executive chairman, of Capital Metals plc, a company developing a high-grade mineral sands project in Sri Lanka. Since 2016, Mr. Martyr, through his private company, has been an investor in, and strategic and capital raising advisor to, several companies in the mining, technology and agriculture sectors. From September 2011 to June 2016, Mr. Martyr held several positions with Standard Chartered Bank, including Managing Director and, eventually, Global Head of Advisory, Mining and Metals. Mr. Martyr initially was a partner at Gryphon Partners, a boutique resources advisory firm in Australia and Canada which advised on more than 60 mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions in the mining and metals sector with a total value of more than $22 billion, from 2007 until it was acquired by Standard Chartered Bank in 2011. From 1994 to 2003, he was employed in several executive roles focusing on the international expansion of Normandy Mining Ltd., including as President of the Americas, which culminated in a $9 billion merger with Newmont Mining Corp. and Franco-Nevada Mining Corp. in 2002 to form the world's largest gold mining company at the time. Mr. Martyr spearheaded the $350 million transaction to create the TVX Normandy Americas joint venture, which he ultimately ran as President, with interests in 5 mines producing an aggregate of 500,000 ounces of gold per year. Prior to his time at Normandy Mining Ltd., he held positions with Deutsche Bank and Morgan Grenfell. Mr. Martyr obtained a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney, Australia.
Chief Financial Officer and Director
Kristopher (Kris) Laurens Salinger (Chief Financial Officer and Director) has over 15 years of investment banking and capital markets experience on Wall Street, having raised over $50 billion of common stock, debt & hybrid capital for corporate and sponsor clients. From May 2016 to September 2021, Mr. Salinger was a Senior Vice President at Roth Capital Partners, where he was Co-Lead of Asia Pacific coverage for Battery Metals Capital Markets clients. Prior to his role at Roth Capital, Mr. Salinger spent six years and was a Vice President at Citigroup in New York from October 2009 to February 2016, including within the Industrials Equity Capital Markets team that led the initial public offerings of General Motors, Allison Transmission and Delpha Automotive plc. Prior to his time at Citigroup, Mr. Salinger was an associate within the Debt & Hybrid Capital Markets at ABN AMRO from March 2005 to February 2008. Mr. Salinger holds an MBA & Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney and a Master of Finance from the Securities Institute of Australia.
Joshua (Josh) David Payne has 5 years of investment banking and corporate advisory experience, having advised companies with over $2 billion in cumulative value. As Managing Director of his private capital and advisory business Payne Capital Group (dba PT Capital) since March 2019, Mr. Payne serves as a corporate and capital raising advisor to a number of companies in the energy transition and technology sectors and has advised large renewable energy (solar and waste-to-energy) firms on portfolio cost optimization and utilization of innovative technology-driven strategies to significantly improve both profitability and reliability for shareholders, resulting in better portfolio value creation. Mr. Payne leads Payne Capital Group in the areas of deal structure and negotiation, as well as oversees firm operations. Payne Capital Group’s primary areas of focus include renewable energy, clean tech (particularly hydrogen and waste-to-energy) and natural resources (natural gas and liquified natural gas-to-power). Mr. Payne is also currently serving as a managing director for Arkon Mining Pty Ltd. and Alpha Capital Management Pty Ltd. Mr. Payne was a founding partner of the early-stage venture firm Envest Group from March 2019 to March 2020, where the firm’s focus was both investing in and raising seed capital for global technology start-ups. From June 2017 to March 2019, Mr. Payne served as founder and Chief Operating Officer of GYCON pty ltd (dba CTM Workforce), which targeted the civil, tunnelling and mining industries with a highly skilled on-hire workforce.
Nicholas (Nick) Charles O'Loughlin has 10 years of experience in investment banking in Australia and London, primarily advising in the resources sector. Mr. O’Loughlin’s most recent role was as Associate Director (Vice President) at Rothschild & Co in London from February2017 through July 2020, where he managed a team of associates and analysts and advised on several landmark transactions in the mining sector including, of particular relevance, Vale’s sale of the Goro Nickel Mine, Rio Tinto’s sale of its Grasberg interest and the financing of RioTinto’s Oyu Tolgoi Copper Mine. Prior to that, he was in Standard Chartered Bank’s Mining & Metals team from October2011 to January 2017. Since finishing at Rothschild & Co, Mr. O’Loughlin has written a paper on the energy transition in mining & metals and has held consulting roles with Rio Tinto on two renewable energy projects in Australia. Mr. O’Loughlin has also recently advised on two IPOs in the battery metals space. Mr. O’Loughlin holds a Bachelor of Mining Engineering with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Adelaide.
Stephen Gill has held several roles at Pala since 2008, and currently serves as Managing Partner, where he oversees the investment activities of the firm, including private equity and debt investments, in addition to the firm’s trading strategies. Mr. Gill leads Pala’s focus on building sustainable value chains for the materials driving a changing economy. Mr. Gill has led many of Pala’s key investments including Sienna Metals (unique source of sustainable cobalt supply);Concord Resources (seed financing to create a leading global metal merchant);Altura (first construction loan to the lithium industry); Image (industrial minerals construction loan); Nevada Copper (first new US copper producer in a decade) and Sierra Rutile (turnaround of world’s largest high grade titanium producer). Prior to Pala, he worked with Amec from August 2005 to November 2007, advising industrial and natural resources companies on corporate transactions and environmental regulatory matters, including the IPO of the Kazakh state oil company; and venture capital for Recovco, an aluminum recycling technology company. Mr. Gill holds an MBA from IE Business School and an MSc in Marine Science and Natural Resource Economics from University of North Carolina.