Australian Vanadium Boosts Operational Capabilities With Experienced Battery-Metals Executive Appointed CEO

Australian Vanadium Ltd (ASX:AVL) has appointed experienced battery-metals executive Graham Arvidson as its chief executive officer.
Arvidson has 18 years of experience in the minerals sector, including deep experience in vanadium, lithium, nickel and other future-focused battery metals.
Notably, his vast experience spans feasibility, evaluation, successful development and operation of mineral assets globally and across a broad range of commodities.
What’s more, this team expansion is part of AVL’s progress towards a financial investment decision on the development of its namesake project in Western Australia and becoming a world leader in the vanadium market.
“High calibre individual”
AVL managing director Vincent Algar said: “The board is delighted to have been able to secure such a high calibre individual as Graham to work with the team to develop the project.
“Graham’s appointment brings the right mix of leadership, industry acumen and proven track record in project development and operations to bolster the success of the company and its current team through the developer-producer transition and beyond.”
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Arvidson brings proven project development expertise, a deep Western Australian project development network specific to mining, commercial acumen borne of managing contracts from both the client and contractor side and extensive project management experience in tendering, negotiation, conforming and managing O&M, EPC, EPCM, EPC-O and BOO forms of project delivery.
He has held senior leadership roles through the development and operational phases of the Nova Nickel Project (Sirius Resources, IGO) and more recently ran the operations and maintenance division of Primero Group.
Commenting on his appointment, Arvidson said: “I’m truly excited to be joining Australian Vanadium which has the rare and exciting combination of vision, great people, true industry-leading expertise, ESG leadership, great assets and macroeconomic tailwinds.
“Having been in ‘the eye of the lithium storm’ for the last four years, I see a unique parallel opportunity to leverage recognition and scale in the vanadium sector.
“Watching AVL’s progress, I have always been impressed with the technical discipline that the AVL team and its consultants have pursued, and I have the highest confidence that this project will be successful.
“I look forward to building on the foundations of this company and team and leading the charge as we evolve from developer to producer.”