US-based Austin Devaney is a chemical engineer by training and has spent most of his career in senior commercial roles. He was appointed vice president of sales & marketing at Piedmont Lithium in July 2020. From 2015 to 2019, he served in increasingly senior sales and marketing roles with Albemarle Corporation, ultimately becoming vice president of strategic marketing and customer excellence. For Albemarle’s predecessor, Rockwood Lithium, Mr Devaney was the global product manager of lithium hydroxide and national sales manager of battery products. Prior to his time in the lithium business, Mr Devaney held senior marketing and operational roles with US chemical companies including Occidental Chemical Corporation, Kemira, and Fuchs Lubricants. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University, and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.