Our executive management team have decades of combined experience in the mining industry between them, and are the driving force behind our company’s continued success. Find out more about each member of the team below.
Decades of experience in the mining industry
Alejandro Salas holds the position of Lithium Extraction Work’s Chief Executive Officer. With over 20 years of experience at executive level in the mining industry, Alejandro has brought significant experience in both operational and business knowledge to Lithium Extraction Works. Previously, he held several senior positions at Chilean state owned mining company Codelco.
Alejandro Salas has worked for Orosur Mining, rising to an executive position and gaining experience in precious metals and minerals, with particular interest in gold and copper.
He holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Universidad de Concepción in Concepción City, Northwest Chile along with a Master’s in Business Management from the Haas School of Business in Berkeley, California.
Arturo Ortega serves as Lithium Extraction Work’s Executive Vice Chairman and has been with Lithium Extraction Works since its inception. Arturo is responsible for managing collaborative efforts within our company and ensuring the smooth running of day to day operations for all of Lithium Extraction Work’s active projects
Prior to joining Lithium Extraction Works, Arturo was with Argentinean mining company Alumbrera, where he oversaw operations extracting zinc, copper, potassium and molybdenum. Arturo has also had stints with several big firms during his time in the USA with Exxon Mobil and Chevron holding executive positions.
Arturo Ortega earned his Master’s in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and also holds a Bachelor’s in International Trade from UCLA Anderson School of Management in California.
Maria Joaquin Sanchez has been with Lithium Extraction Works since its founding and assumes the position of both Share Registrar and Chief Accountant. Maria gained her experience in Europe, working for some of the most prestigious financial firms in the world, honing her skills at Allianz in Germany and AXA in France.
Maria is responsible for the sustainable growth and financial health of Lithium Extraction Works, developing strategies and reporting to the board on matters related to our expansion and opportunities. Maria is an integral part of our company entering new markets and viably expanding internationally.
Maria received her BA Hons in Economics and Finance from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago and then moved to London to further her studies earning her Masters in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics.
Bruce McArthur is an expert geologist with over 25 years of experience in exploring and analyzing locations throughout South America, Canada and Australia for metals, minerals and elements and identifying some of the most successful sites in the region’s mining industry.
Bruce’s resume includes lead experience for prominent companies such as Glencore, Yamana Gold, Golden Arrow Resources and SQM.
Bruce’s comprehensive, hands-on field work, specifically mapping and concentration estimations, he has been at the forefront of our mining operations, delivering extensive reports on the geology of potential locations for our mines in South America’s Lithium Triangle.
Bruce McArthur is a Sydney native and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Mining and Exploration from Curtin University in Perth and then furthered his studies in the United States with a PhD in Geological Sciences from Princeton University.