July 25, 2018 / 2:19 AM / in 9 months

Exclusive - Albemarle lithium executive to depart by month's end

(Reuters) - The Albemarle Corp (ALB.N) executive overseeing the company’s massive lithium operations, a key supplier of the mineral used to make batteries for Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) automobiles, is leaving at the end of the month, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters.

John Mitchell will leave the company “to pursue another opportunity,” Chief Executive Luke Kissam told employees in the memo. A company spokeswoman declined to comment.

Mitchell will be replaced by former FMC Corp (FMC.N) executive Eric Norris, who joined Albemarle in January as chief strategy officer.

Reporting by Ernest Scheyder; editing by Richard Pullin

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