Simon Hay is a minerals professional with extensive management and technical experience with a career spanning over 30 years in Australia and internationally. His technical experience includes the functions of smelting, refining, project commissioning and life cycle of capital works across various commodities.
Mr Hay will become the managing director of Leo Lithium in January 2022. Leo Lithium is the lithium-focused entity comprising of the Goulamina Lithium Project which will be demerged from Firefinch and Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium.
Prior to that, Mr Hay was the chief executive of ASX-listed lithium company Galaxy Resources. He had previously joined Iluka in 2009 as manager of South West operations before moving to the marketing function, served as Iluka's country manager for China, as general manager of Zircon sales where he was based in Singapore, and as head of resource development. Prior to Iluka, Mr Hay worked at Mt Isa Mines, WMC Resources and BHP Billiton in the fields of metallurgy, projects and operations management in base metals.
Mr Hay holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (with Honours) and a Master of Applied Science in Metallurgy from the University of Melbourne.