Leadership Team

Terence J. Cryan

Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board

Terence J. Cryan rejoined the Westwater Resources Board as its Chairman in August 2017. He previously served as a director from October 2006 to March 2016, served as Westwater’s Interim President and Chief Executive Officer from September 2012 to March 2013, and served as Chairman of the Board from June 2014 through March 2016. Mr. Cryan was appointed Executive Chairman of Westwater Resources effective February 26, 2022, upon the retirement of Christopher M. Jones effective February 25, 2022.  Mr. Cryan is also Chairman of the Board of Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. where he has served as a director since October 2012.

Mr. Cryan currently serves as a Managing Director of MACCO Restructuring Group, LLC, which provides qualified interim leadership and advice to stakeholders across a broad spectrum of business sectors.  Mr. Cryan served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Global Power Equipment Group Inc. (now known as Williams Industrial Services Group) from March 2015 until July 2017. Previously, Mr. Cryan served as Co-founder and Managing Director of Concert Energy Partners, an investment and private equity firm based in New York City from 2001 until 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Cryan was a Senior Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division at Bear Stearns. Additionally, Mr. Cryan was a Managing Director, Head of the Energy and Natural Resources Group and member of the Investment Banking Operating Committee at Paine Webber which he joined following its acquisition of Kidder, Peabody in 1994. From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Cryan also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Medical Acoustics LLC.

Mr. Cryan served as a Director on the Board of Global Power Equipment Group Inc. from January 2008 until July 2017. Mr. Cryan was previously a Director on the Board of Superior Drilling Products, Inc. from June 2014 to December 2016. He was also previously a director of The Providence Service Corporation from May 2009 to May 2011 and Gryphon Gold Corporation from August 2009 to December 2012. Mr. Cryan has also been an adjunct professor at the Metropolitan College of New York Graduate School of Business. Mr. Cryan received a Master of Science degree in Economics from the London School of Economics in 1984 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Tufts University in 1983. Mr. Cryan is a Board Leadership Fellow and member of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Mr. Cryan’s extensive financial industry experience provides him with a wealth of knowledge in dealing with financial, accounting and regulatory matters. Mr. Cryan’s prior professional experience also permits him to provide valuable advice to the Company with respect to potential capital raising and merger and acquisition transactions, and his prior Board service and service as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company provides him a deep understanding of the operations of the Company.

Frank Bakker

President and Chief Executive Officer

Frank Bakker was appointed Chief Executive Officer and President of the company effective January 16, 2023. Mr Bakker has served as Vice President and General Manager – Alabama Graphite Products since October of 2022. Mr Bakker has over 30 years of experience in engineering, project management, operations, and general management. Prior to joining the Company, from 2017 to 2021, he was responsible for engineering, project management, and plant operations at several methanol plants in Houston, Texas and in Charleston, West Virginia, including serving as the Chief Executive Officer for US Methanol LLC, as the Project Director for BD Energy, and as the Project Manager for Altivia AOC.  From 2013 to 2017, Mr. Bakker served as President & Chief Executive Officer, and earlier as General Manager, in the ammonia and methanol business for OCI Partners LP in Beaumont, Texas.  Mr. Bakker began his career at DSM in the Netherlands in 1989, working in various increasing management roles in the ammonia, engineering plastics and resins production businesses, eventually serving as the Manufacturing Director and Site Manager.  Mr. Bakker received a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Twente Netherlands, and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts.

Steven M. Cates

Senior Vice President – Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Steven M. Cates was appointed Senior Vice President – Finance and Chief Financial Officer effective January 17, 2023.  Mr. Cates joined the Company as Chief Accounting Officer and Controller in May of 2021.  Mr. Cates has over 20 years of financial and accounting experience in various industries including mining, oil and gas, real estate, and public accounting.  Prior to joining Westwater, Mr. Cates served as the Vice President – Controller for Apartment Income REIT Corp. (NYSE: AIRC), formerly part of Apartment Investment and Management Company (NYSE: AIV), a real estate investment trust focused on apartment communities. Prior to his time at Apartment Income REIT Corp., Mr. Cates served as corporate controller for Caliber Midstream Partners, LP, an energy and oil infrastructure company, from September 2016 to May 2019, and previously, Mr. Cates held various accounting and financial reporting roles at American Midstream Partners, LP (2013-2016), Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) (2012-2013), and Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc. (2009-2012). Mr. Cates began his career at KPMG in 2002, where he most recently served as senior manager for audit and advisory services. Mr. Cates earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Redlands and is a certified public accountant in the state of Colorado.

John Lawrence

Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

John W. Lawrence has served the Company in a contractual capacity as General Counsel since October 2012 and as Corporate Secretary since May 2013. Mr. Lawrence became an employee of the Company in February 2022. Mr. Lawrence has over thirty-five years of legal and engineering experience for publicly traded companies. Previously, he served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: OPTT), a renewable energy company providing electric power and communications solutions, and related services for remote offshore applications from June 2014 to January 2022. In addition, he served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Louisiana Energy Services, LLC, a commercial uranium enrichment facility located in New Mexico and operating under the privately-owned, international consortium known as Urenco, from 2003 to 2008. Prior to 2003 and between 2008 and 2012, Mr. Lawrence was associated with several national law firms including Winston & Strawn, Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge, and LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae. Mr. Lawrence holds a Juris Doctorate from Catholic University and received his Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University.


Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

• Joined in 2015. Founder of SRK Ankara, with 30 years of Turkish mining and environmental experience taking projects from concept to production
• M.Sc. from University of Arizona, and B.S. Geological Engineering

Jon Jacobs

Chief Commercial Officer

Jon Jacobs joined Westwater as its Chief Commercial Officer effective March 6, 2023.  Mr. Jacobs is an accomplished executive with over 20 years of technical sales and strategic commercial experience, with nearly 15 of those years in the battery industry.  Prior to joining Westwater, Mr. Jacobs was the Chief Marketing Officer of Solid Power from October 2021 through February 2023, and the Vice President of Business Development at Wildcat Discovery Technologies from November 2009 until October 2021.  Earlier in his career, he served in sales and marketing roles for Materials Science Corporation and The Solutions Group.  Mr. Jacobs began his professional career as an automotive design and development engineer at General Motors and then Ford Motor Company.  Mr. Jacobs obtained his Master of Business Administration in Corporate Strategy and Finance from the University of Michigan, his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, and his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.


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