Leadership

Meet the leaders who are driving our vision forward

Management

Chris Burns

Chief Executive Officer

Nick Liveris

Chief Financial Officer

Rashda Buttar

Chief Legal and Administrative Officer

Danny Deas

President, Anode Materials

Darcy Macdougald

President, Battery Technology Solutions

Christopher York

Senior Vice President, Business Development

Suzanne Yeates

Financial Controller and Company Secretary

Dr. Chris Burns

Chief Executive Officer

  • Previously led all company divisions including NOVONIX Battery Technology Solutions and NOVONIX Anode Materials
  • Co-developed the breakthrough Ultra High Precision Coulometry (UHPC) technology with Professor Jeff Dahn
  • Co-founded NOVONIX Battery Technology Solutions in Canada in 2013
  • Former Senior Research Engineer with Tesla
  • As Tesla’s first technical hire in Canada in 2015, Dr. Burns led projects in materials and battery characterization with the goals of selecting EV and ESS battery chemistry and materials
  • Dr. Burns holds multiple patents related to Li-ion batteries and is a co-author on peer reviewed journal articles that have been cited over 4,000 times
  • Received his PhD and MS in Physics from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and his BS in Physics from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia

Nick Liveris

Chief Financial Officer

  • Previously operational CFO for NOVONIX Anode Materials and NOVONIX BTS, and VP Business Development for NOVONIX
  • Led and managed multiple successful company financings, development and implementation of global best practices for NOVONIX’s finance functions, and business development efforts to secure the company’s first customer contract
  • 10 years of experience in Investment Banking and Management Consulting focused on transportation-related industries advising global clients on a range of complex operational and financial engagements
  • Previously a Senior Engagement Manager at McKinsey, leading industry transformation programs in automotive and industrial businesses globally
  • Previously an Investment Banking Analyst at Merrill Lynch focused on the transportation sector
  • Holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan

Rashda Buttar

Chief Legal and Administrative Officer

  • Over 25 years of corporate legal experience in senior roles for US publicly listed corporations
  • Previously a SVP – General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Foresight Energy LP from 2011 to 2017; VP, Associate General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Patriot Coal Corporation from 2007 to 2011; and Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary of TALX Corporation from 2003 to 2007
  • Juris Doctor from St. Louis University School of Law, B.A. from St. Louis University in Russian and Eastern European Studies, Political Science

Danny Deas

President, Anode Materials

  • President of NOVONIX Anode Materials division responsible for all United States based operations, capital projects, and expansion efforts
  • Co-developed next-generation process for synthetic graphite production
  • Over 15 years mechanical engineering and project management experience
  • Responsible for all labor and workforce development and procurement
  • Served six years in the United States Air Force; four years as an F-16 Crew Chief and two years as a Military Training Instructor
  • Degree in Aerospace Engineering and Technology from the Community College of the Air Force.

Darcy MacDougald

President, Battery Technology Solutions

  • President of NOVONIX Battery Technology Solutions
  • Seasoned business professional with over 15 years of senior leadership experience scaling high-growth operations in both listed and PE-backed electronics manufacturing, telecommunications, pharmaceutical marketing, and clinical research organizations
  • Previously Head of Operations at STI Technologies Inc., an IQVIA company, for nearly 6 years as a member of the executive team responsible for Pharmacy Reimbursement Solutions, Data Analytics, and Patient Support Programs
  • Previously a Senior Manager at BlackBerry for 8 years accountable for Operations Management, Business Management, Problem Management, Data Analytics, Customer Insight, and Strategic Technical Issues
  • From Prince Edward Island, Canada, MacDougald graduated from the University of New Brunswick, with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia

J. Christopher York

Senior Vice President, Business Development

  • Senior Vice President, Business Development at NOVONIX responsible for developing new business opportunities for the company
  • Seasoned global business professional within the engineered materials and specialty chemicals market
  • Nearly 20 years of experience in executive leadership
  • Challenges companies to think bigger and bolder through people, processes, and customer solutions that yield consistent double-digit P&L growth
  • Previously Global VP at Vianode and Regional President – Elkem Silicones – Americas and North America
  • Hails from Midwest USA and graduated from Indiana University with both a B.S. in Public Health and a Master’s in Business Administration

Suzanne Yeates

Financial Controller and Company Secretary

  • Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years’ experience in the industry
  • Core experience includes corporate and joint venture accounting, accounts payable and receivable, payroll, taxation and regulatory compliance, treasury and transactional banking, year-end procedures including audit management and preparation of statutory filings, company Secretarial, ASX lodgements and share registry management
  • Worked in a financial capacity for many listed and unlisted companies including: Coalbank Limited, Acer Energy Limited, Norton Gold Fields Limited, Anova Metals Limited, Diatreme Resources Limited, Bengal Energy (Australia) Pty Ltd, Terra Nova (Australia) Pty Ltd, Roar Resources Pty Ltd, and Compass Coal Pty Ltd

Technical Advisors

Jeff Dahn

Chief Scientific Advisor

Mark Obrovac

Sponsored Researcher

Dr. Jeff Dahn

Chief Scientific Advisor

  • Chief Scientific Advisor to NOVONIX
  • Professor Jeff Dahn is a leading researcher in the field of lithium-ion batteries and materials and currently holds the title of NSERC/Tesla Canada Industrial Research Chair with Dalhousie University
  • Having a long career across both industry and academia, he has spent the last 25 years as a professor at Dalhousie University, with support from 3M Company and most recently, from Tesla
  • Dahn has co-authored 730 papers and has 73 inventions with patents issued or filed, including some of the early patents related to Li[NiMnCo]O2(NMC) cathode material in 2001
  • NOVONIX CEO, Dr. Chris Burns, received his Ph.D. under Professor Jeff Dahn at Dalhousie University where he co-founded NOVONIX BTS and spun out of Dahn’s research group in 2013

Mark Obravac

Sponsored Researcher

  • NSERC/NOVONIX Industrial Research Chair for NOVONIX
  • Professor Mark Obrovac is a leading battery materials innovator having authored over 100 peer reviewed journal articles, twenty issued US patents, with a further four patents pending in the field of battery science covering anodes, cathodes, electrolyte, and binder materials
  • Previously the NSERC/3M Canada Industrial Research Chair and Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics, Dalhousie University, in Halifax, N.S., Canada from 2010 to 2018
  • Dr. Obrovac was a Research Specialist with 3M Corporation where he was the Project Leader for the Anode Materials Group.
  • Dr. Obrovac also worked as the Principal Investigator for the DOE’s Advanced Negative Electrode Project as part of 3M’s Electronics Marketing Material Division
  • Holds a BSc in Chemical Physics, Simon Fraser University (1995); MSc in Physics, Dalhousie University (1997); PhD in Physics, Dalhousie University (2001); and a PDF in Chemistry, Cornell University (2002)

Board of Directors

Admiral Robert J Natter

Chairman and Non-Executive Director

Daniel Akerson

Non-Executive Director

Tony Bellas

Deputy Chairman and Non-Executive Director

Robert Cooper

Non-Executive Director

Ron Edmonds

Non-Executive Director

Zhanna Golodryga

Non-Executive Director

Andrew Liveris

Non-Executive Director

Jean Oelwang

Non-Executive Director

Admiral Robert J Natter

Chairman and Non-Executive Director

  • Chairman and Non-Executive Director at NOVONIX
  • Based in North America, Admiral Natter retired from active military service in 2003 and has since served on a number of U.S. Boards and Advisory panels in corporate and government
  • During his prominent 41-year Navy career, starting at age 17, Admiral Natter went on to serve as the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet and as the First Commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, overseeing all Continental U.S. Navy bases, facilities and training operations. He was also Commander of the U.S. Seventh Fleet, encompassing Asia and the Indian Ocean operating areas
  • Admiral Natter is President of R.J. Natter & Associates, LLC, a nationwide U.S. consulting and advocacy firm specializing in corporate and defense strategy.
  • In addition to NOVONIX, Admiral Natter serves as Director of Allied Universal Security, a privately held security company with over 800,000 employees world-wide; and Intellisense, a California based technology company. His Board work also included Chairman of G4S Inc and non-executive Directorships at BAE Systems Inc and Corporate Travel Management, a Brisbane-based (ASX) international travel company
  • Admiral Natter was also Chairman of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association Board, representing over 60,000 graduates. He continues to serve on the Naval Academy Foundation’s Board
  • A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Natter was named a distinguished graduate in 2019. He also was the fifth recipient of the Naval War College’s Distinguished Graduate Leadership Award. In addition to his Naval Academy Degree, Natter also has Masters Degrees in both Business Management and International Relations
  • His military awards include the Silver Star Medal, three Navy Distinguished Service Medals, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (five awards), Bronze Star with Combat V, Purple Heart, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V, and Navy Achievement Medal with Combat V. Other honors include the 1998 Order of the Rising Sun from the Emperor of Japan and the 1998 Order of National Security Medal from the Republic of Korea, bestowed for his service as Commander of the US Seventh Fleet
  • Admiral Natter is also on the Regents of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.

Daniel Akerson

Non-Executive Director

  • Mr. Akerson has served as an executive and director for multiple Fortune 100 companies, including as the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of General Motors from 2010 to 2014.
  • Under his leadership, the company completed a successful IPO in November 2010, reported a record 15 consecutive quarters of profitability, reinvested nearly $9 billion, and created or retained more than 25,000 jobs at its U.S. plants.
  • OIn 2002, he joined The Carlyle Group as a Global Partner and Co-Head of U.S. Buyout, and then became head of the firm’s Global Buyout operations. During his tenure, Carlyle’s assets under management rose from $30 to $100 billion.
  • In addition to his executive positions, Mr. Akerson currently serves as lead director on the Lockheed Martin Board of Directors and was previously Chairman of the United States Naval Academy Foundation.

Tony Bellas

Deputy Chairman and Non-Executive Director

  • Formerly Non-Executive Chairman of NOVONIX 2015 – 2020
  • More than 30 years’ experience in both the government and private sectors
  • Previously CEO of Ergon Energy and CS Energy and was Queensland’s Deputy Under Treasurer
  • Previously Non-Executive Chairman of Corporate Travel Management Limited, ERM Power Limited and Shine Lawyers Limited
  • Fellow member status of the Australian Institute of Management, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and CPAs Australia

Robert Cooper

Non-Executive Director

  • Mr Cooper is currently the CEO of CopperChem Limited and Exco Resources Limited, both of which are 100% owned subsidiaries of the WH Soul Pattinson Group of companies. CopperChem holds 28.81% of the Company’s shares. Mr Cooper was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of ASX-listed Rum Jungle Resources on 1 July 2016
  • Mr Cooper is a mining engineer with more than 25 years’ industry experience, having held leadership roles across a diverse range of metalliferous commodities, both in Australia and overseas
  • Rob has a broad foundation of operating and technical experience in both underground and open pit operations.  His career has been defined by a very strong health and safety improvement focus combined with a track record in delivering successful volume and cost outcomes through improvements in operational efficiency
  • He has previously held leadership positions with BHP Billiton as General Manager of Leinster Nickel Operations within Nickel West, Project Manager of a BHP Billiton-wide organisation design project, and as Asset President of Ekati Diamonds in Canada.  He more recently held positions with Discovery Metals as General Manager – Operations in Botswana and as General Manager – Development in their Brisbane office

Ron Edmonds

Non-Executive Director

  • Mr. Edmonds is a highly accomplished finance executive, currently serving as Chief Accounting Officer at Dow, a $55 billion global materials science company.
  • In that role, he spearheaded all financial activity supporting Dow’s historic $86-billion merger with DuPont unlocking new sources of value, and creating three independent, publicly traded companies in materials science, agriculture, and specialty products sectors.
  • Prior to Dow, he served in finance and accounting roles at Chiquita Brands International, The Upjohn Company, and Arthur Andersen & Company.

Zhanna Golodryga

Non-Executive Director

  • Ms. Golodryga is currently the Senior Vice President and Chief Digital and Administrative Officer at Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX), a diversified energy manufacturing and logistics company
  • At Phillips 66, Ms. Golodryga is responsible for Global Information Technology, Global Procurement, Real Estate and Facilities. Ms. Golodryga is leading the digital transformation at Phillips 66 by developing and executing a program focused on delivering more agile, efficient, and smart ways of working.
  • Prior to joining Phillips 66, Ms. Golodryga was the Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President, Services at Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES) with responsibility for managing the company’s service organizations including global supply chain, global business transformation program, and global office services, as well as information management, enterprise architecture, infrastructure, and cybersecurity.
  • Prior to Hess, Ms. Golodryga held the following roles: Chief Information Officer at BHP Billiton Petroleum, Vice President of Information Technology at TeleCheck International, Manager of Information Systems at Baker Hughes, IT Services Manager at Marathon Oil, and Systems Analyst at 3D/International.
  • Over 30 years of experience in the energy industry and the information technology field
  • Currently serves on the boards of Regions Financial Corp. (NYSE: RF), and Memorial Hermann Foundation, and chairs the AspenTech Executive Advisory Board
  • Holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Kiev Engineering and Construction Institute in the Ukraine
  • Honors and Recognition:
    • 50 Most Powerful Women in Oil and Gas
    • Top 50 Multicultural Leaders award from National Diversity Council

Andrew N. Liveris AO

Non-Executive Director

  • Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Dow Chemical Company and the former Executive Chairman of DowDuPont
  • Chairman of Lucid Motors, Blackrock Long Term Capital and The Hellenic Initiative
  • Director of IBM, Saudi Aramco, Worley (Deputy Chairman), NOVONIX and the Minderoo Foundation
  • Advisory Board of Salesforce, the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Teneo, NEOM (an initiative driven by Saudi Vision 2030)
  • Special Advisor to the Public Investment Fund (PIF) and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia
  • Trustee for the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), and the United States Council for International Business
  • Andrew has advised three U.S. presidents and served as co-chair of US President Barack Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, adviser to President Trump and now President Biden. He is Co-Chair of the Build Together Coalition that successfully advocated for the USD1.2T Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act signed by President Biden in 2020
  • Andrew was appointed as a Special Advisor to the Australian Government’s National COVID-19 Coordination Commission. He is an Independent Member of the Australian Government’s Industry Growth Centres Advisory Committee, a member of the Australian Design Council, and a member of the government’s AdBlue Taskforce
  • In his book published in 2011, Make it in America, Andrew advocates for the criticality of manufacturing in building valuable skills and delivering solutions for this century, an era of sustainability, digitalisation, and geopolitical dynamism. In 2018 Andrew established the Liveris Academy for Innovation and Leadership at the University of Queensland
  • Officer of the Order of Australia for his services to international business

Jean Oelwang

Non-Executive Director

  • Jean is the founding CEO and President of Virgin Unite, an entrepreneurial foundation that builds leadership collectives, incubates ideas, and re-invents systems for a better world.
  • Throughout her career, she has worked with partners to lead the incubation and start-up of several global initiatives, including: The Elders, The B Team, The Carbon War Room (successfully merged with the RMI), The Africa Donor Collective, Ocean Unite (now ORRAA), The Caribbean Climate Smart Accelerator, 100% Human at Work, The Virgin Unite Constellation, and The Branson Centres of Entrepreneurship.  She also played a key partner role in the incubation of many other initiatives such as The Audacious Project.
  • As part of her work over the last three decades, Jean has helped corporations put the wellbeing of people and the planet at their core, including working with over 25 Virgin businesses across 15 industries to help embed purpose in all they do.  Jean also served as a Partner in the Virgin Group leading their people strategy.
  • Jean spent seventeen years living and working on six continents to start and help lead mobile phone companies in South Africa, Colombia, Bulgaria, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, and the US.  She was the joint CEO of Virgin Mobile in Australia prior to starting Virgin Unite.
  • She has long explored the overlap of the business and social sectors and has been involved in both, having worked for the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife in Australia, and in numerous volunteer roles, including a year-long stint as a VISTA volunteer where she worked with – and learned from – homeless teens in Chicago.
  • Jean has been the recipient of several awards including the Bernie Glassman Trailblazer Award, FilmAid Philanthropic Leadership Award, and the Gerry Susman Sustainability Award.