American Battery Technology Company has announced a slate of four new director candidates, Elizabeth Lowery, Sherif Marakby, Rick Fezell, and Julie Blunden, for the company’s upcoming fiscal year 2022 annual meeting of shareholders.

“I am extremely proud to welcome these four distinguished board candidates, each of whom brings a unique and complementary set of necessary skills and experiences that will help continue to drive us through our evolution to a commercial scale manufacturing and operations company within the battery metals industry,” said Ryan Melsert, CEO of the American Battery Technology Company. “Following an extensive, six-month vetting process led by a prominent third-party board services advisory firm, we have nominated four highly qualified and diversely accomplished candidates who bring significant leadership experiences from across the automotive OEMs, global renewable and clean energy, finance, and sustainability industries.”

More information on the four new candidates for the board follows:

Elizabeth Lowery

Director Candidate

Elizabeth Lowery is a proven sustainability executive and corporate attorney in both the public and private sectors. As a former Managing Director at TPG Capital, she played a key role to develop the firm’s formal Environmental, Social, & Governance (ESG) strategy, advising portfolio companies on related issues, including diversity and inclusion and improving gender diversity on portfolio company boards. She played a lead role in the launch of the TPG Rise fund, the impact investing platform of TPG, which is one of the largest ESG-based funds in the world.

In addition, Lowery held numerous executive roles during a 20-year tenure at General Motors Company (“GM”), including General Counsel for GM North America and Corporate Vice President of Environment, Energy, and Safety Policy. In these roles, she led the development and implementation of GM’s global environment, energy, and safety policy strategies and initiatives and co-chaired the US Climate Action Partnership Transportation Subcommittee where she directed efforts to position GM as a solution provider to address climate change.

She has served on several non-profit boards, including Chair of the World Environment Center, and the Alliance for Automobile Manufacturers. She began her career as an attorney in the private sector after graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University and a B.B.A from Eastern Michigan University.

Sherif Marakby

Director Candidate

Sherif Marakby brings significant operating experience in the automotive OEM industry from a 31-year career in the transformation, electrification, and technology innovation and AV development fields. Most recently, Marakby served as Executive Vice President, Corporate R&D of Magna International, one of the largest Tier 1 suppliers to the automotive industry in the world. Previously, he served as Uber’s Vice President of Global Vehicle Programs where he built a team that integrated self-driving technology into vehicles, partnered with Volvo cars for an autonomous vehicle program, and was responsible for business development with OEM partners.

During a close to 30-year career at Ford Motor Company, Marakby held a variety of product development positions, beginning with Chief Engineer and rising to President & CEO of Ford’s Autonomous Vehicle LLC, where he oversaw the development and launch of five new vehicles, including the all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E and the Ford Fusion Hybrid. Additionally, during his tenure at Ford, Marakby served as the Director of Small Cars & SUVs globally overseeing two million vehicles and more than $40 billion of annual revenue in over 70 countries. In his role as Vice President of Electrification and Autonomous Vehicles, he was responsible for over $11 billion of electrification and $4 billion of autonomous vehicle development.

Marakby has a Master in Electronics Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

Rick Fezell

Director Candidate

Spanning a distinguished 35-year career as a former auditor, senior partner, and Vice Chairman at Ernst & Young (EY), Fezell held multiple leadership roles at the industry, regional, and executive committee levels for EY, providing deep knowledge of financial reporting, risk management, and market-leading growth strategies to large public multinationals as well as smaller private companies.

While serving as the Americas Vice Chair for Markets, Fezell oversaw growth for a $15 billion practice. Notably, Fezell also served as the Americas Leader for EY’s alliance with Microsoft, at the forefront of transformation and digitalization across all three aspects of the Microsoft platform.

Fezell has served on the board of many community and higher education organizations including United Way, the Civic Committee of The Commercial Club of Chicago, the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, the Orfalea School of Business at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Perspectives Charter Schools in Chicago. He is a CPA and graduate of Westminster College in Pennsylvania.

Julie Blunden

Director Candidate

Julie Blunden, who has more than three decades of executive experience advising rapidly growing, emerging energy companies on their transition to sector leaders in the power generation, retail power, solar, and energy storage industries, brings extensive consumer and retail channel development in the U.S., Europe, and Asia Pacific. As the former Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of EVgo, she was responsible for leading market and competitive intelligence and analysis to allocate billions of dollars in capital investment as well as leading public policy. In this role, she also grew customers by more than 100% and developed the operational processes and the organizational structure to enable market development and customer acquisition and care for the largest U.S. public fast charging network for electric vehicles. She also has helped raise significant capital to scale market expansion, manufacturing, and customer acquisition in executive leadership roles at several renewable power and clean energy companies. These include Executive Vice President at SunPower, President of Green Mountain Energy, and Chief Strategy Officer of SunEdison. In addition, she serves as Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of ClimateWorks Foundation. She has experience completing three IPOs, including serving as an architect of the SunPower S-1 registration statement which provided the investment community with a framework to open U.S. capital markets to solar manufacturers worldwide.

Additionally, Blunden currently serves on the Board of Advisors for Plus Power, a U.S. developer of central station energy storage facilities, holds a position as Board Chair for New Energy Nexus Catalyst, and is a Board Member of New Energy Nexus Ventures. She has served as Vice Chair of the Solar Energy Industries Association, a member of the Board of Directors at the National Energy Storage Association, and was a former Executive in Residence for the Global Energy Management Program at the University of Colorado Denver’s Business School. Blunden has an engineering and environmental studies degree from Dartmouth College and a Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.