Western Magnesium Corporation (CVE:WMG) (OTCMKTS:MLYF) has announced the addition of new board member, Peter M. O'Rourke Sr, until recently the acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) for the US government.
The group noted that O'Rourke led the department overseeing over 380,000 employees and was responsible for executing a $196 billion-dollar budget. He began his service with the VA as Senior Advisor to the Secretary moving up to the position of Executive Director for the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection and then promoted to VA Chief of Staff.
In these roles, it added, he organized VA's senior staff and spearheaded the implementation of Presidential and Congressional intent to reset the definition of accountability in the civilian workforce and operationalized the protection and support for government whistleblowers.
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A veteran himself, O'Rourke served in the US Navy and Air Force with multiple assignments worldwide. In his last assignment he served as a Supply Chain Manager at Headquarters Air Force Material Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio being recognized as a high-performing expert in multiple supply chain and logistics, and is well versed in the difficulty in securing magnesium and other critical metals.
The group noted that O'Rourke was director for Marketing and business development for Accenture Federal Services located in Washington, DC leading the development and execution of global strategic and operational marketing and business development activities for new acquisitions and executed multimedia events supporting business-wide marketing campaigns.
From August 2019 to March 2020 he was the executive director for the Republican Party of Florida and is currently, the founder and managing partner of TCI Partners located in Washington, DC providing specialized services in the areas of Federal and State Government relations, Healthcare and Aerospace industries.
In a statement, Western Magnesium executive Ccairman Edward Lee commented: "I am very pleased with his appointment acceptance which demonstrates the beginning of next steps towards the Company's overall objectives. Mr O'Rourke's outstanding professional career brings experience which will aid Western Magnesium's vision of becoming a magnesium supplier for US industries."
Sam Ataya, the company's executive president & CEO said: "With Mr O'Rourke vast experience managing large institutions, both private and public, along with his experience and knowledge of the metals industry and supply chain makes him a perfect fit for Western Magnesium's implementation and buildout of our commercialized plants across the United States."
And O'Rourke added: "I'm honored to join this innovative team of experts and look forward to helping expand Western Magnesium's growth. The availability and production of magnesium is a critical capability and I look forward to contributing to Western Magnesium's continued success."
Western Magnesium's goal is to be a low-cost producer of green, primary magnesium metal, a strategic commodity prized for its strength and lightweight. Unlike outdated and costly production processes, the company looks to use a continuous silicothermic process to produce magnesium, which significantly reduces labor and energy costs relative to current methods and processes, while being environmentally friendly.
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