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.


Chad M. Potter

President and Chief Executive Officer

Chad M. Potter was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer on February 26, 2022 to succeed Christopher M. Jones who retired effective February 25, 2022.  Mr. Potter joined the Company from American Consolidated Industries, Inc., a producer of steel products, where he served as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Operations from April 2019 to August 2021. Prior to his time at American Consolidated Industries, Inc., Mr. Potter served in various management roles at Nucor Steel Corporation (NYSE: NUE), a producer of steel and related products, from July 2004 to February 2019, including as Chief Executive Officer for Nucor-JFE Steel Mexico, a joint venture between Nucor Steel Corporation and JFE Steel Corporation, and as Division Controller of Nucor Steel Decatur, LLC. Before joining Nucor Steel Corporation, Mr. Potter held various operations and accounting roles at Hobart Corporation (2001-2004), Park Electrochemical Corporation (NYSE: PKE) (1999-2001) and Hypercom (1995-1999). Mr. Potter holds a Master of Business Administration from Morehead State University and earned his Bachelor of Science in Business from Wright State University.

Steven M. Cates

Chief Financial Officer and Vice President – Finance

Steven M. Cates was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Vice President – Finance effective August 26, 2022.  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

General Counsel

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.

Dain A. McCoig

Vice President – Operations

Dain McCoig was named Vice President – Operations in May 2018. He joined the Company in 2004 and advanced in various positions of increasing responsibility including Plant Engineer, Kingsville Dome Plant Superintendent, Senior Engineer, and Manager and then Vice President – South Texas Operations. Mr. McCoig earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines and is certified as a Professional Engineer from the Texas Board of Professional Engineers.

Cevat Er

Vice President – Technology

• 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

Jay Wago

Vice President – Sales & Marketing

• Joined in July 2020; More than 20 years of lithium-ion battery experience; including 18 years of sales/marketing/business development leadership roles for battery separator, cathode and lithium products and 3.5 years of technical sales for battery production equipment; experienced B2B professional in international business environment
• B.S. in Marketing from Georgia State University

Joshua Holland

Director – Government and Environmental Affairs

 • Joined in June 2006; more than 14 years experience in health, safety and environmental management and governmental affairs
 • B.S. Degree in Environmental Management


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