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Aqua Metals Inc (AQMS.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Vincent DiVito

57 2018 Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Stephen Cotton

52 2019 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Judd Merrill

46 2018 Chief Financial Officer

Feng Han

2019 Vice President of Licensing and Pricing

Susanne Meline

2019 Director

Mark Stevenson

54 2015 Director

Gayle Gibson

2019 Independent Director

Sushil Kapoor

70 2018 Independent Director

Mark Slade

55 2015 Independent Director

S. Shariq Yosufzai

65 2018 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Vincent DiVito

Mr. Vincent L. DiVito is Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of the Company. Since April 2010, Mr. DiVito has served as the owner and chief executive officer of Vincent L. DiVito, Inc., a financial and management consulting firm. From January 2008 to April 2010, Mr. DiVito served as president of Lonza America, Inc., a global life sciences chemical business headquartered in Allendale, New Jersey, and also served as chief financial officer and treasurer of Lonza America, Inc. from September 2000 to April 2010. Lonza America, Inc. is part of Lonza Group, whose stock is traded on the Swiss Stock Exchange. From 1990 to September 2000, Mr. DiVito was employed by Algroup Wheaton, a global pharmaceutical and cosmetics packaging company, first as its director of business development and later as its vice president and chief financial officer. Mr. DiVito is a certified public accountant and certified management accountant and is a National Association of Corporate Directors Board Leadership Fellow. He has served on the board of directors and chairman of the audit committee of Entertainment Gaming Asia Inc., a Nasdaq listed company gaming company, since October 2005 and also served as a member of the board of directors of Riviera Holdings Corporation, formerly an AMEX listed gaming and resort company, from July 2002 until the consummation of a change in control of the corporation in March 2011. Mr. DiVito has extensive knowledge of accounting and corporate governance issues from his experience serving on various corporate boards of directors and has extensive operational knowledge as a result of his experience as a senior executive officer of major corporations. As a result of these and other professional experiences, our board of directors has concluded that Mr. DiVito is qualified to serve as a director.

Stephen Cotton

Mr. Stephen Cotton is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the company. He has served as Chief Commercial Officer of the Company from January 2015 to June 9, 2017. Previously, Mr. Cotton co-founded Canara, Inc. in December 2001 and served as its chief executive officer through the sale of the company to a private equity firm in June 2012, after which he served as executive chairman until April 2014. Canara is a global provider of stationary battery systems with integrated monitoring systems and cloud-based monitoring services to many of the largest data center operators. From April 2014 to January 2015 and June 9, 2017 to the present, Mr. Cotton managed his private investments.

Judd Merrill

Mr. Judd B. Merrill is Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Merrill joins Aqua Metals from Klondex Mines Ltd., a Nevada based international mining company where he was Director of Finance/Accounting. Before its acquisition earlier this year by Hecla, Klondex was a $500 million dollar company traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange. Prior to joining Klondex, Merrill spent five years as Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of Comstock Mining Inc., a publicly traded gold company in Nevada where he was instrumental in establishing financial modeling and analytics, driving efficiencies, and negotiating with vendors to conserve funds and manage liquidity. He worked directly with bankers, lenders, investment funds and major shareholders related to the company's fund raising and capital management activities. Merrill also worked as a controller at Fronteer Gold Inc. and as an assistant controller at Newmont Mining Corp., where he developed strong financial planning, treasury and cash management experience in the mining sector. Merrill began his career at Deloitte & Touche LLP and spent six years working in broader financial accounting, reporting and internal controls while managing corporate financial activities.

Feng Han

Dr. Feng Han is Vice President of Licensing and Pricing of the Company. Han brings to Aqua Metals over 30 years of experience executing global business strategies inclusive of business development, market and opportunity assessment, licensing, product valuations and delivery to achieve sustainable business growth and create long term value. Feng joins Aqua Metals from X-Cutag Therapeutics, Inc. where he was Chief Business Officer driving global business strategy and licensing. Prior to that, he spent over 10 years at DuPont building the framework for China's first biofuels business development plan resulting in a strategic partnership with a leading Chinese refinery partner. He relocated to Chicago, IL to define and lead DuPont's global licensing packages for cellulosic ethanol then moved to Dupont's headquarters in Wilmington, DE to negotiate and sign DuPont's initial process licenses and biocatalyst supply agreements, representing hundreds of millions of dollars of capital investment across multiple licensees. Han earned a Ph.D. from Washington State University and has an MBA from the University of Iowa.

Susanne Meline

Ms. Susanne L. Meline is Director of the Company. Meline brings to Aqua Metals more than 20 years of experience advising corporate clients and their boards as well as working in the investment community. She is a co-founder of Francis Capital Management, a value-based investment advisor focusing on small cap stocks, where she has worked since 2003. She was previously employed as an investment banker with Houlihan Lokey, a global investment bank serving corporations, institutions, and governments worldwide. She also practiced law in the corporate group of Jones Day, an international law firm that provides legal advisory services across multiple disciplines and jurisdictions. Meline is a Certified Director through the UCLA Anderson School of Management, a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and holds a CERT Certificate in CyberSecurity Oversight for corporate directors from the NACD and Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute. She is Audit Chair and Lead Independent Director of the clean technology company ClearSign Combustion Corporation (NASDAQ: CLIR) and a board member of Finomial Corporation, a private financial technology company. Ms. Meline received a B.A. in political science from UCLA, and a J.D. from the UC Hastings College of the Law. She is an endowment committee member for the Blue Ribbon philanthropy group of the Los Angeles Music Center and former Trustee of the Contemporary Craft Museum in Los Angeles.

Mark Stevenson

Mr. Mark Stevenson is Director of the Company. Mr. Stevenson was the technical marketing director – Asia for Ecobat Technologies Ltd., a global company that produces and recycles lead, from March 2010 to April 2016. He currently serves as Technical Director for Global Lead Technologies and is a non-executive director for Metallic Waste Solutions, trading as Metsol Pty Ltd, a start-up company. He also serves as chairman and organizer of the two Asian battery and international secondary lead conferences held biennially across Asia. Mr. Stevenson has extensive knowledge of the metals and other commodity markets from his experience serving as an executive officer, director and consultant to businesses in the lead industry. As a result of these and other professional experiences, our board of directors has concluded that Mr. Stevenson is qualified to serve as a director.

Gayle Gibson

Ms. Gayle J. Gibson is Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Gibson served in several executive positions with E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company during a 34-year career with DuPont, and retired from DuPont in November 2017 as the head of central engineering. Most recently, Ms. Gibson served as Director, Engineering at DuPont from January 2016 to October 2017 and as Director, Engineering Technology from January 2014 to December 2015. Ms. Gibson was instrumental in the engineering organizational planning for the merged DowDuPont, Inc. and future planned spin-off companies. Prior to her leadership roles in engineering, she was chief of staff to the Chair of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of DuPont from 2008 to 2013 where she led operating processes for the top three levels of leadership. During her tenure, she supported a CEO succession, major acquisitions and divestitures, reorganization and company restructuring. Ms. Gibson serves on the Heritage Council of the Science History Institute and on the Engineering Advisory Council for Texas A&M University. She received the Management Division Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2018 where she is a Fellow. Ms. Gibson served on the Board of Directors of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering from 2016 to 2017. She was on two project committees for the National Academy of Engineering. Ms. Gibson is a certified Six Sigma Champion with an International M.B.A. from European University and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Sushil Kapoor

Mr. Sushil K. ("Sam") Kapoor is Independent Director of the company. He was the Chief Global Operations Officer of Equinix, Inc., a multinational company that specializes in internet connection and related services, since January 2008 until March 2018. As the Chief Operations executive at Equinix, Inc. since early 2001, Mr. Kapoor played a major role in steering the company from near bankruptcy to its current industry leading position. During this period Equinix, Inc. grew from 7 data centers in 6 markets in one country with annual revenue of less than $20 million to more than 180 data centers in 44 metros across 25 major countries spread over 4 continents with annual revenues exceeding $5 Billion. During the same period, the stock price grew from a split adjusted low of around $5 to its current price of more than $400. Mr. Kapoor served as Vice President of Operations of Equinix, Inc., from March 2001 to December 2006 and also served as its Senior Vice President of IBX Operations from December 2006 to January 2008. Prior to joining Equinix, Mr. Kapoor served as Vice President of hosting operations at UUNET Technologies, Inc., the Internet division of MCI (formerly known as WorldCom) from November 1999 to February 2001. He was responsible for the build-out and day-to-day operations of six hosting centers. From May 1995 to November 1999, he served as Vice President, Global Network Technology for Compuserve Network Services, an Internet access provider. Mr. Kapoor served as Senior Director of Telecommunications for over 10 years at Lexis-Nexis in Miamisburg. Mr. Kapoor holds an M.B.A. (Operations Research) from Miami University of Ohio and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.

Mark Slade

Mr. Mark Slade is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Slade was the chief executive officer and founder of Marex Financial Ltd, one of Europe’s leading independent commodity brokers, from January 2006 to January 2011. Marex was a member of the London Metal Exchange, Intercontinental Exchange, The London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange and Eurex Exchange, with offices in London, Geneva and New York. Since leaving Marex Financial, Mr. Slade has held a number of advisory and executive roles. From December 2011 to December 2012, he was an advisor on international business development to the Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange. From January 2013 to July 2013, Mr. Slade was chief executive officer of London Capital Group. Since January 2015, Mr. Slade has served as an advisor on strategy and business development to Tower Trading Group Ltd. In addition to his corporate roles, Mr. Slade also held a number of board and committee appointments within the commodity futures industry, including being a board member of the London Metal Exchange (1999 – 2006) and the Futures and Options Association (2005-2008). Mr. Slade has extensive knowledge of the metals and other commodity markets from his experience serving as a senior executive officer and consultant to commodity trading and brokerage firms. As a result of these and other professional experiences, our board of directors has concluded that Mr. Slade is qualified to serve as a director.

S. Shariq Yosufzai

Mr. S. Shariq Yosufzai is Independent Director of the company. He was most recently the Vice President, Global Diversity for the Chevron Corporation ("Chevron")(CVX), a multinational energy corporation, from 2013 to March 2018. He held a number of positions at Chevron and its various affiliates, including Vice President (from 2010 to 2013); President of Chevron Global Marketing, a business unit within Chevron (from 2004 to 2010); Co-President of Chevron Products Company, North America, Chevron's North America Refining & Marketing operations (from 2003 to 2004); and President of Chevron Texaco Global Lubricants (from 2001 to 2003). Prior to that, he worked at Caltex Corporation, a joint venture between Chevron and Texaco, Inc., as the Corporate Vice President, Caltex Corporation & President, Caltex Lubricants & New Business Development (from 2000 to 2001) and held a number of other senior level management positions at Caltex Corporation from 1998 to 2000. From 1991 to 1998, he worked at Texaco Inc., a subsidiary of Chevron, and served as the President of Texaco Lubricants Company from 1994 to 1998. As part of a joint enterprise between Texaco, Inc. and Saudi Aramco, Mr. Yosufzai was employed at Star Enterprise from 1988 to 1991 where he held a number of positions and prior to that began his career at Texaco, Inc., from 1975 to 1983. His past board memberships include Chairman of the Board of Directors of Caltex Lubricants Lanka Ltd.; Member of the Board of Directors of Caltex Australia Limited; and Member of the Management Committee of Star Enterprise. Mr. Yosufzai currently serves as Chair of the AIChE Foundation (The American Institute of Chemical Engineers) since November 2017, Chair of the Board of Directors of the California Chamber of Commerce and is an Executive Committee Member of the San Francisco Opera's Board of Directors. He previously served as Chair of the Board of the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M.